The building was erected by the Balbi family in 1643 but it became property of the Durazzo family and it was eventually bought by the Savoia family who turned it into their residence in Genoa, and bestowed it the title of royal palace. Inside you can admire works by the most important Genoese painters, in addition to works of Guercino, Luca Giordano, Van Dyck, Jan Roos. There are also marvellous pieces of furniture, excellent examples of baroque and rococo furnishing, and the Throne and Hearing Room, with the 19th-century Savoy furniture.
Open: 9am-1.30pm Tue & Wed. 9am-7pm Thur-Sun. Admission: € 4,00 (gardens only), € 6, 50 (everything)
The church of Sant.Agostino was built in 1260 and it's now closed (sometimes there are concerts or exibitions in it). The old monastry has now been converted (and partially rebuilt) in a very interesting sculptures museum, mainly from ligurian artists.
There around it's a very pleasant zone, with the big Piazza Sarzano (one of the rare squares in the old town), the steep Stradone S.Agostino and the tiny Via Ravecca which goes to Porta Soprana.
Another ancient manor still preserved with original paintings and fornitures. One of the place where during the G8 the 8 and their court were eating delicious food while speaking about the world hungers.
A short clip "with pirates" and a tour on the ship will definietly excite your kids. It is just fulfilling the Peter Pan side of childhood. It is 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for kids.