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“Vanity parade under the protection of UNESCO.”
Review of Via Garibaldi

Via Garibaldi
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Ranked #13 of 321 things to do in Genoa
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

There is a certain irony that the former main street - Strada Maggiore - is now called via Garibaldi. It is unlikely that the revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi would be happy to know that this street was named after him. The 42 palaces of the Genoese aristocracy are located here. The old name-via Aurea-Golden street would be more suitable for this parade of vanity. Via Garibaldi dates back to 1550, when the Italian architect galleazzo Alessi presented to the city Council the project of the main city street.
Student Alessi Bernardino Cantone was designed by the most famous palaces of via Garibaldi. This Pallavicini Cambiaso (1558), house No. 1, the Palazzo of Gio Battista Spinola (1563), building N6, the Rest of the palaces were designed by other architects, as construction was carried out either simultaneously or much later. The most interesting of them is Palazzo Pantaleo Spinola(1558), building N 2, Palazzo Lercari Parodi (1571), building N 3, Palazzo Carrega Cataldi (1561)house # 4, Palazzo Angelo Giovanni Spinola (1576), house No. 5, Palazzo Podestà (1565) house N 7, Palazzo Cattaneo Adorno (1588), the house N 8 and 10, Palazzo Baldassarre Lomellini (1562), building No. 12, Palazzo delle Torrette (1716), N 14, 16, Palazzo Rosso (1677), house N 18. Museums are located in three palaces. The Palazzo Doria Tursi (1565), house No. 9, Palazzo Bianco, house number 18, Palazzo Bianco, Dom N 11. Palazzo Rosso has a rich collection of paintings, which presents Veronese "Judith and Olofer", Albrecht Dürer "Portrait of a young Venetian woman", 7 paintings Antoon van Dyck, Guido Reni, Bernardo Strozzi. Palazzo Bianco collection is even better. There`re some masterpieces: Ecce Homo by Caravaggio, Veronese, "Susanna and the elders", "Crucifixion". In addition to them, Hans Memling, Spanish Zurbaran and Murillo, the Flemings, Rubens and van Dyck and Filippo Lippi.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

A must do when in Genova. Lots of interesting architecture and small alleyways leading off it. Good colours on some of the building which change as the light changes. Worth going into the Deutsche bank due to impressive artwork on ceiling. An old tabacchi shop is worth a view too

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Our heritage walk through the city of Genoa brought us from the famed heart of Genoa (Piazza de Ferrari) through a Christmas decorated street to the UNESCO heritage site of Garibaldi street known as Via Garibaldi. Barely 250 metres long and 7.5 metres wide this street is a treasure lane of palaces and eye-catching architecture. Aptly nicknamed the Street of Palaces, our guide informed us that most of the palaces now are owned by the top banks and insurance companies of Europe and function as their Genoa head offices. Presumably it is the most coveted address street in Genoa. In 1550's the palaces were owned by the rich families of Genoa with each trying to outdo the other with stunning architecture in terms of facades, windows, sculptures, doors, courtyards, statues. It was literally a rich mans game "My Palace is better than yours" which we can witness even today in all its splendor. Many palaces are closed to tourists being offices, but some palaces tourists are permitted to enter the courtyard and admire the pompous display of wealth by the rich families of yore. Palazzo Bianco and also Palazzo Rosso with a striking red facade palace are said to house an impressive collection of art and Genoese culture - which we were told is accessible by paying a small fee like in a museum. Palazzo Doria-Tursi and Palazzo Lomellino were two palaces where we were allowed to briefly enter as toursits and click some photographs. Truly an hour well spent in this cobbled lane dotted with building after building of enchanting palaces !

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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Grand old palaces. Really hard to see because they are across the street from one another...but if you go their look at all four stories of architecture...it is amazing!

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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

If some place is nominated as UNESCO world heritage than it is well worth visit. This rule is also applicable on this street. I haven’t heard before than the street can be protected, but it can. It is wonderful experience to walk surrounded by these magnificent buildings And to imagine how it looked 300 years ago. Don’t be afraid to enter whenever the doors are open and walk up the stairs. Some of the buildings are open for public for free and it is great experience to watch the street from the balconies.

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