Gardens of via Garibaldi (Strada Nuova)
via Garibaldi - 16124 Genova (GE)
L'atrio di Palazzo Tursi L'atrio di Palazzo Tursi

The Proud one, Dominator of the seas. An ancient marine Republic, the capital city of an independent republic for centuries.  The city where Christopher Columbus and Paganini, Mazzini and Mameli were born, but also Renzo Piano, Fabrizio De Andrè and Eugenio Montale.

Genoa, an immense port and narrow city wedged between the sea and rugged hills. Its historical centre is made of a labyrinth of ‘caruggi’ (the Genoa word for narrow streets) that entwine with each other between noble palaces, thousand-year-old churches, narrow and colourful houses in shady alleys. 

Genoa with its ancient Roman castrum, which arose on the ashes of the first, an antique settlement on Sarzano hill near the ancient port, with its Medieval walls and large palaces, witnesses of the city’s richness, a city that dominated naval routes, a madam of colonies and business squares.

Genoa, the European capital of Culture in 2004, where the complex of the Palazzi dei Rolli, a Unesco Humanitarian Heritage can be found, together with the one of “strade nuove” (new roads). The main buildings, for example the recently renovated Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Rosso, and Palazzo Tursi home of the Genoa Town Hall, are on via Garibaldi, a splendid arterial promenade, straight, and paved in the typical Genoa style.

With the Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013), the gardens of the historical palaces in via Garibaldi will be renovated, in particular those near the area of Castelletto.

A little bit of history

Palazzo Bianco is where the home of Luca Grimaldi, member of one of the most important Genoa families, was built between 1530 and 1540.
In 1658 the building passed to the De Franchi family and in 1711 it was given to Maria Durazzo Brignole-Sale. Between 1714 and 1716 the palace was almost totally rebuilt by its new owner, and from then on it was given the name Bianco because of the light colour of the external vertical walls.
In 1889, when the last descendant of the family died, the palazzo was inherited by the Municipality and, upon its wishes, used as a public gallery.

The most important building in Strada Nuova rises alongside Palazzo Bianco, therefore in 1564 Nicolò Grimaldi acquired a plot of land confining to the west with the current Palazzo Bianco area and to the north with the monastery of San Francesco and the bastion of Castelletto. The name of this building, which is magnificent because constructed in an extremely vast area, is Palazzo Tursi. It was completed in 1596 with the addition of two loggias on the sides that integrate it scenically with the surrounding greenery.

Property of the Doria family until the start of the 19th century, it became the home of Savoy in 1819 and was enriched with rich decorations, stucco work and frescoes. Transformed into a boarding school (1838), it became the headquarters of the Town Hall in 1848.
Today, the palace is part of the vaster "Museum System of Strada Nuova".

The intervention

The interventions involve the outdoor spaces and connections that have not yet been made between the buildings.
The operations consist of creating an exit from Palazzo Bianco into the garden behind, completing the "Cerniera di collegamento (Connection)” between Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi, and creating a new access point to Palazzo Galliera directly from the courtyard of Palazzo Albini (the space behind Tursi).

Maintenance will be carried out together with the building interventions, mainly on the open spaces in order to create a single trail through the gardens. The maintenance involves the connecting stair between the two garden levels to the east of Palazzo Tursi, small interventions on the Palazzo Galliera garden, and in addition the area behind the structure that connects Palazzo Bianco with Palazzo Tursi will be repaired, and the image of the antique San Francesco, demolished in the 19th century, will be reconstructed by way of the flooring.
This last intervention also involves the flooring of the Palazzo Albini courtyard, which is a part of the apse.

The main interventions involve the Winter garden – access to the Gardens from Palazzo Bianco, with the construction of stairs that connect two levels of Palazzo Bianco with the Palazzo Galliera garden; a “connection” that gives access to the garden from Palazzo Tursi, which connects Palazzo Bianco with Palazzo Tursi thanks to a structure, on two levels, in which the archaeological remains from the excavations will be hosted.
In addition to this, we cannot forget the new access to Palazzo Galliera.

Most of the intervention consists of carrying out maintenance on the open spaces and completing interventions that have been carried out partially.
The plan is to “bind” in a single trail the splendid open and green spaces that are a frame for the Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi complex.


The “Strada nuova”, as the following via Cairoli, brush the true historical centre. Entering the labyrinth of alleys, we meet the oldest monuments and roads of the regional capital of Liguria: they range from the magnificent cathedral of San Lorenzo, a gothic jewel with a traditional face of black and white stripes, to the even older antique church of Santa Maria di Castello, which rises in the oldest nucleus of the city, in the Castle area, near the area called Campo Pisano.
The very old Basilica of San Siro was built in the 4th century and was encompassed in the maze of constructions in the centre.

The important defensive and civil structures must also not be forgotten: from Porta Soprana to Porta dei Vacca, magnificent remains of the Medieval surrounding wall, up to Torre Embriaci, the only tower remaining from the many that filled the city.


Genoa is without doubt the capital of the two most important and famous dishes of Ligurian tradition: focaccia and pesto.
Real pesto is prepared with basil from Prà, a district of western Genoa, where this aromatic plant finds the best climatic conditions for developing the aroma and flavour that are perfect for this famous green paste.

There are many varieties of focaccia: with onions, sage or rosemary, with olives or potatoes, but the most classic and traditional is the simple version, which is brushed with water, salt and olive oil before it rises for the last time.
Excellent at any moment of the day accompanied with a glass of white wine, as demanded by tradition.

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