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Museums of La Strada Nuova

Delve into the magnificent past of the Republic of Genoa: Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Tursi will astonish you with their splendour.

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La Strada Nuova, later called via Garibaldi, is a street that symbolizes the wealth of the Republic of Genoa between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The street was designed by architect Galeazzo Alessi and opened in the mid sixteenth century uniting the houses of two noble families, the Grimaldi and Spinola. Included in the list of Rolli, a list of buildings that could accommodate dignitaries during state visits, the museums of La Strada Nuova include: Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Tursi.

Palazzo Bianco also called Palazzo Grimaldi is home to an important collection of masterpieces from Genoa, Italy and Europe, dating from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Palazzo Rosso is primarily a noble residence where even today, you can see frescoes from the greatest artists of the seventeenth century and the original furniture of the time.

It houses paintings from the Genoese school, and from other Italian and foreign artists. Palazzo Tursi now houses the city hall and holds a number of historical relics among which, Paganini's violin, and the ashes of Christopher Columbus are the most precious.

 

Photo credit: Musei di Genova