Via Aurea, palazzo bianco and palazzo rosso, Genoa
Palazzo Tursi lies in the middle of Via Garibaldi and it's the city hall of Genova. It's the biggest building of the street and the more "majestic" one. It was built in 1565 by Giovanni and Domenico Ponsello.
Inside it , along with sculptures, frescoes and paintings, you can find the violin of Nicolo' Paganini (Guarneri del Gesu', 1742) and the (supposed) ashes of Christopher Columbus.
The most beautiful, old palaces in Genova are all here in this street, formerly known as "Strada Nuova", now just Via Garibaldi.
Every building is a masterpiece, it's hard to find more beautiful palaces in whole Italy, in Via Garibaldi Genova is "richer" than Rome and Florence!
Along this quite narrow, cobblestoned straight street you will find the city hall (Palazzo Tursi) as well as two of the best art museums in town (Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso). The other buildings are mostly banks (banks were "invented" in Genova...) and art galleries.
he palazzo was built between 1671 and 1677. It was planned by the architect Pietro Antonio Corradi, while the construction site and works were directed by Matteo Lagomaggiore.
Inside it, along the furnishing of the building, you can find the wonderful collection of paintings donated to the city of Genova by the Duchess of Galliera. Anton Van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi are the "stars" of the wonderful museum of Palazzo Rosso.
Palazzo Bianco was built between 1530 and 1540 for Luca Grimaldi, a member of one of the most important Genovese families. The Duchess of Galliera, donated it to the City of Genova in 1884, together with a remarkable number of ancient and modern works of art. Among them paintings of Flemish maestros like Van Dyck, Rubens, Provoost, Massys, along with Italian ones, like Caravaggio, Bernardo Strozzi, Luca Cambiaso and Silvestro Chiesa.
Via Cairoli (formerly known as Strada Nuovissima) starts when Via Garibaldi ends and goes on till Largo Zecca and Piazza della Nunziata.
This 18th century cobblestoned street is not as beautiful as Via Garibaldi, and the most interesting building is the Palazzo della Meridiana, at the beginning of it, just a couple of metres from Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso.
Rained out and looking for an indoor activity, we hit the palazzi of Via Garibaldi. The ticket agent assumed we were students and we didn’t exactly deny it, so the combined ticket including Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi was only EUR 5. These three museums are located in restored aristocratic residences and feature important works of art, furnishings and musical instruments from Liguria and beyond. In particular, Palazzo Bianco is home to paintings by Caravaggio, Rubens and Van Dyck, Palazzo Tursi has a violin which once belonged to Paganini (who?) and Palazzo Rosso has sumptuous furnishings, changing temporary exhibits, a magnificent courtyard and an odd third-floor exhibit about “the home of an art lover” (if you’ve ever wondered how a modern person would live in a restored palace, this is the exhibit for you). Although our ticket included admission to all three palazzi, we didn’t make it past Palazzo Rosso (weather conditions forced our return). It is a beautiful building and combined admission is a steal at EUR 5 (or EUR 7 for regular admission), but be prepared to be followed by truly invasive guides who seem more like boot camp instructors than art historians!
The Palazzo Bianco is situated on Genoa's most beautiful street - Via Garibaldi, where there are numerous fine 16th century mansions and palaces. The Palazzo Bianco contains the city's prime collection of paintings, including the works of many Genoese artists such as Luca Cambiaso, Bernardo Strozzi, Domenico Piola and Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. Better known artists include Filippino Lippi, Van Dyck, Veronese and Rubens.
Across the street in the Palazzo Rosso are more paintings as well as ceramics and furniture. Upstairs in the "paino nobile" the rooms are adorned with 17th century frescoes by Genoese artists such as de Ferrari and Piola.
Tickets are available in the book shop opposite Palazzo Rosso.
A walk along this street is really a must! Palazzo Tursi and Palazzo Podesta are just a couple of the sights, the rest is pretty impressive too.......