Palazzo Ducale & Piazza De Ferrari, Genoa
Do not be afraid to climb up to the different floors.There is a ticket-office on the groundfloor, selling the tickets for the art-exhibition inside a very small part of the Palazzo. But all of the rest of Palazzo Ducale may be visited freely and without restrictions during the day, including a great restaurant on top of the building, and you will even have a lift taking you up there to the 4th floor.
This palace was started to be built in 1591 - but it burned down and was rebuilt again in 1778 and got a fassade of that time.
Today Palazzo Ducale is used as a multi-cultural centre with plenty of changing exhibitions, flea-markets etc.
You may walk freely into the hall and will see these great courts with plenty of columns. You may take up the lift and in the last floor you will even find a nice restaurant.
Don't miss Palazzo Ducale, it is really a great place to go !!
Your one-stop destination for Genovese art, culture and religion. Listen to the rushing water of the fountain in the center of this piazza. See Ligurian paintings at the Accademia Ligustica Belle Arti, check out a temporary exhibit (or have Sunday brunch) at the Palazzo Ducale, attend mass at the Chiesa del Gesu or take in an opera at Teatro Carlo Felice. Stand in the center of the piazza, close your eyes, spin around and go where destiny takes you (and if it takes you shopping under the covered arches of Via XX Septembre, so be it…)!
The largest cultural center in Liguria, Palazzo Ducale was formerly a government building and now features temporary art exhibits of very high quality, a gift shop and a trendy café filled with students. The courtyard is beautiful and open to the public, so it is worth a look even if you don’t want to see the exhibit.
This building was first erected as the Palace of the People's Captains and then it became, with the Dogate, the Palazzo Ducale, residence of the first Doge Simon Boccanegra, in 1339. Since then, it was the symbol of power and residence of the Doges. After fires and destructions, many parts of the building were modified, changing its shape and proportions to the ones we see today. Reopened in 1992, for the Columbus celebrations, at present it is used for many different functions, centre of exhibitions, social and cultural initiatives.
No need to describe Piazza de Ferrari... it's the most famous square in Genova by far. And there's no need to tell you how to get there, since you will surely go there if you come to Genova! ;-)
It's the heart of the town, between the old and the modern city, and it's the cultural centre too with the Opera theater Carlo Felice and the Palazzo Ducale. It was once the financial centre too, with the Borsa (Stock Exchange) which now is not active anymore.
So, go there, relax, take pictures on the fountain and enjoy your stay in Genova! ;-)
Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) is probably the most known building in Genova, and where most important exibitions are held, expecially during the year of Culture 2004. It was built in the 13th century and modified much times during the centuries, expecially in the recent 19/20th century, when the actual facade was built. Inside the building there are not only exibitions (in the wonderful rooms of the palace), but also a bar, libraries and shops.
Works in progress here in Palazzo Ducale.
As I told before, Berlusconi came here many times and always wanted to order changes.
After the second visit I asked the last visit's date and decided to do NOTHING until that date. So I saved people and money from doing useless changes
This is called "Sala del Gran Consiglio", let me translate as "Greater Counsel Main Hall".
Here the top meetings took place.
The whole building has been restructured to host separate meetings all over the second and third floor.
On july 19th, Piazza de Ferrari in all its beauty...
Italians are able to make miracles if they really want.
Or I see this as a miracle because italians tend to make works last for years?
The choice is yours.
The japanese delegation offices a few days before.
Japanese were everywhere. Polite, silent, neat, but THOUSANDS everywhere.
They asked me for a Japanese version on Windows 2000 to install on their machines on July 20th. Heads of state coming and war outside the red zone.
You may easily imagine my response...
The meeting room of the russian delegation here.
Russians came here with twelve (yes, twelve) tons of telecommunication devices brought directly from Moscow.
We have been forced to interconnect those devices, rather old I must say, with our technology.
Piazza Matteotti as seen from inside Palazzo Ducale.
It was crowded with people working hard.
Premier Berlusconi came here three times to make a survey and changed his mind on what to do three times, we went mad!!
Carlo Felice Opera House
The Carlo Felice theater rose out of the remains of the 18th century neo-classic theater of the same name built by the architect Carlo Barabino. The original structure was destroyed by bombs during the second world war and reconstructed under the direction of three architects: I. Gardella, A. Rossi and A.Sibilia. The new building was dedicated in 1991. The interior of the concert hall represents an interesting example of modern theater design. The auditorium gives spectators the sensation of being in the middle of an enormous town square, modelled after those typical of Genoa with their marble balconies and the high and narrow windows which line the city's twisting alleyways.
There are many interesting piazzas in Genoa, this is Piazza de Ferrari, right in the centre - you are bound to pass through several times- the fountain loks good when it's lit at night. By day a place to sit and get your bearings.