Via Balbi, Genoa
Located via balbi, this palace ( the most important in Genoa) was build by the " Balbi " a powerful family of merchants. In 1822 it became the residence of the "Savoy".Now it's used for exhibitions.
Unfortunately the sea view is spoiled by the expressway
closed on monday
price: adult 4 euros
18-25 2 euros
free under 18 and + 65
This rather plain-looking residence (when viewed from Via Baldi), used by the Kings of Savoy from the 17th century onwards, has a highly ornate Rococo interior - notably its ballroom and its Hall of Mirrors. Among the paintings are works by Parodi and Carlone and a crucifixion by Van Dyck.
At number 10 of Via Balbi there is probably the most interesting building of this street: Palazzo Reale.
This baroque palace was built in the 17th century and has incredible furniture, decorations, expecially in the Sala del trono and Galleria degli specchi. In the gallery there are paintings of Guercino, Bassano, Luca Giordano, van Dyck, Jan Roos, Borgognone, Grechetto, and Strozzi. Particularly interesting is the collection of genovese furniture of the 16th and 17th century.
From Piazza della Nunziata to Principe railway station is Via Balbi, built between 1602 and 1620 by the Balbi family.
The most interesting buildings are the Palazzo dell'Universit? (University of Genoa Palace), built by Bartolomeo Bianco for the Jesuits, and then become home of the University of Genova in 1775, and the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) a baroque red and yellow building. Other impressing buildings are also Palazzo Doria Pamphili and the church of San Carlo.
The lovely small garden of the Royal Palace includes an intriguing cobblestone mosaic around the central fountain, depicting houses and animals.