Genoa Top Museums, Part 2 (Self Guided), Genoa

Buildings of unique architecture, historical edifices with lots of stories to tell, pieces of art, sea attractions and cultural delights is what you will see when taking this tour through some of the most appreciated museums in the Ligurian region, such as Villa del Principe, Museo di Palazzo Reale and Galata Museo del Mare.
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Genoa Top Museums, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Genoa Top Museums, Part 2
Guide Location: Italy » Genoa (See other walking tours in Genoa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: ChristineCu
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museo del Tesoro
  • Palazzo San Giorgio
  • Museo del Risorgimento e Istituto Mazziniano
  • Museo di Palazzo Reale
  • Galata Museo del Mare
  • Museoteatro della Commenda di Prè
  • Villa del Principe
  • Museo delle Culture del Mondo
Museo del Tesoro

1) Museo del Tesoro (must see)

The treasury museum is located in the San Lorenzo Cathedral. The Cathedral Treasury established a collection of objects in the twelfth century and expanded in later centuries through official grants and private contributions, also from war trophies. It became a museum in 1892, when it was decided to give this precious stable heritage, making it visible to the public at all times. After World War II, in the courtyard of the Archbishop's Palace behind the cathedral, an entirely new underground environment was developed, intended specifically to cater to the museum, which opened in 1956. The overall effect is fascinating, not only for the strength and novelty of conception, but also for the variety and complexity of cultural references and types.
Palazzo San Giorgio

2) Palazzo San Giorgio (must see)

The Palazzo San Giorgio or Palace of St. George (also known as the Palazzo delle Compere di San Giorgio) is a palace in Genoa, Italy. It is situated in Piazza Caricamento. The palace was built in 1260 by Guglielmo Boccanegra, uncle of Simone Boccanegra, the first Doge of Genoa. For the construction of the new palace, materials were used from the demolition of the Venetian Embassy in Constantinople, obtained from Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII as a reward for Genoese aid against the Latin Empire. The palace was intended — through the creation of a civil-political center — to separate and elevate the temporal power of the republic's government from the religious power of the clergy centered on the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. In 1262, Guglielmo Boccanegra was deposed and forced into exile. The palace was used for some time as a prison; Marco Polo was its most famous resident and it was there that he dictated his memoirs to Rustichello of Pisa.
Museo del Risorgimento e Istituto Mazziniano

3) Museo del Risorgimento e Istituto Mazziniano

The Museum of the Risorgimento - Mazzianiano Institute is a museum dedicated to the events of Genoa during the Italian Risorgimento, and in particular to some leading figures of that specific moment in Italian history closely linked to the Ligurian capital, such as Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi Goffredo Mameli, author of Song of the Italians, the Italian national anthem. The museum's shrine preserves documents and memorabilia that illustrate, both chronologically and thematically, the historical path of the Ligurian Region in Italy.

Operation Hours: Tuesday and Friday: 9 am - 2 pm; Wednesday: 9 am- 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 7:30 pm.
Museo di Palazzo Reale

4) Museo di Palazzo Reale (must see)

Construction of the present structure of Palazzo Reale began in 1618 for the Balbi family. From 1643-1655, work renewed under the direction of the architects Pier Francesco Cantone and Michele Moncino. In 1677, the palace was sold to the Durazzo Family, who enlarged the palace under the designs of Carlo Fontana. In 1823, the palace was sold to the Royal House of Savoy. From 1919, the palace has belonged to the state.

The palace contains much original furniture and decoration. Frescoes inside include the Glory of the Balbi Family by Valerio Castello and Andrea Sghizzi, Spring changing slowly to Winter by Angelo Michele Colonna and Agostino Mitelli, and Jove establishes Justice on the Eargh by Giovanni Battista Carlone. It also contains canvases by Bernardo Strozzi, il Grechetto, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Domenico Fiasella as well as Bassano, Tintoretto, Luca Giordano, Anton Van Dyck, Ferdinand Voet, and Guercino. It contains statuary by Filippo Parodi.

Operation Hours: Tuesday and Friday 9 am- 2 pm; Wednesday and Thursday 9 am- 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday 1:30 pm- 7 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Galata Museo del Mare

5) Galata Museo del Mare (must see)

Galata Museo del Mare is the largest museum of this kind from the Mediterranean Sea area. It is also one of the most modern in Italy. Established in 2004, at Genova European Capital of Culture 2004, the museum is located in Galata Palace (from Galata, an ancient ultramarine colony) in the old port district dock where the galleys of the Maritime Republic were built. The museum has a natural scale model of a Genoese galley, and several interactive rooms that show the Mediterranean Sea at different periods. There are numerous rooms devoted to maritime trade, and especially those who were around in the Republic of Genoa. The museum also exhibits a transatlantic section with charts and a simulation of a storm in Cape Horn.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 7.30 pm (November - February: closed Mondays)
Museoteatro della Commenda di Prè

6) Museoteatro della Commenda di Prè

Museoteatro della Commenda di Prè has reopened its doors in May 2009, after much reconstruction. The theatre-museum is located in a very ancient building, dating from the year 1180 and was built to serve as shelter to pilgrims and crusaders on their way to or returning from the Holy Land. It presents a beautiful Medieval Europe and to art lovers - exhibitions with the works of Sirotti and Zanardi. Emerging young new artists and students will give you a whole new outlook on art. Also, in the evenings various classical music concerts, operas, choirs and bands will delight your ears.

Operation Hours: Tuesday 2 pm- 5pm; Wednesday 10 am- 5pm; Thursday-Sunday 10 am- 7 pm.
Villa del Principe

7) Villa del Principe (must see)

Villa del Principe is one of the main historical buildings. It was built strictly as a private villa-residence for Prince Admiral Andrea Doria. Now private property, the Palace is used as a palace-museum. At the end of the museum you can admire an Italian garden, recently restored with the Fountain of Neptune by Taddeo Carlone made with his brother Joseph and his young son Battista Carlone from 1599 to 1601. The palace maintains an extensive series of mythological frescoes and stucco performed by Perin del Vaga for Andrea Doria. The rooms are furnished with 17th and 18th century furniture. The most significant artists represented are Sebastiano del Piombo, Domenico Piola and Bronzino. The Golden Gallery presents a series of tapestries of the sixteenth century. One of the rooms retains a fresh very interest for one of the hottest topics in the 1500s: Roman Charity.
Museo delle Culture del Mondo

8) Museo delle Culture del Mondo

The Museum of World Cultures (Museo delle Culturo del Mondo) is located in the gorgeous building of the Castello d'Albertis, on Montegalletto hill. It was designed by Enrico Alberto d'Albertis, who made it his home, with a collage of architectural styles, though the Medieval castle style relies mostly on Gothic Revival architecture. It was built between 1886 and 1892, by engineers Francesco Graziani Parodi and Allegro Crotta Marcus Aurelius while under the supervision of architect Alfredo d'Andrade. The museum's collections contain historical moments of Central, South and North America, from before Christopher Columbus. Together with archaeological and ethnographic collections gathered by captain Albertis in his travels in Africa, the Americas and Oceania, the museum possesses seamanship and photography collections (models of boats, tools and charts), volumes of his library and hundreds of drawings for the construction of his building.

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