Villa Durazzo Pallavicini in Pegli
Via Pallavicini 11 - 16155 Genova (GE)
Telefono: 010 40 76 473
La Villa La Villa

Among the most important examples of 19th century noble holiday residences, the architectural complex of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, in the highlands of Pegli, still maintains important characteristics connected with the modern history of the area and its tourist development during the mid-19th century.
The intervention, part of the Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013), will aim at preserving the original structures, continuing however to keep the structure open and usable and permitting, always within safety regulations, the activities created for it.

A little bit of history

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini was donated to the Municipality of Genoa in 1928. It was enlarged between 1837 and 1846 in the neo-classic style, following the neo-romantic style of Michele Canzio, who also designed the large park, which is scenographic and full of natural landscapes. With four floors and a large panoramic terrace, the internal spaces and wall ornaments, the fake velariums, the painted decorations and stuccoes, the ceilings with cavities that create optical illusions, all have neo-classic characteristics with a repertory that recalls the romantic and classic implications of antiquity.

These styles can also be found in the "Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi" botanical garden and in the Ligurian Archaeology Museum. The first is full of interesting and rare species that are positioned with an exclusively educational criterion in a fascinating architectural complex. It is one of the smallest botanical gardens in Italy, but both the botanical expert and the profane visitor can find interesting and wonderful things. The botanical garden inside the villa exhibits important finds along an educational-exhibition type route.

The intervention

The restoration will involve the Musei del Ponente (Western Museums) and also the building that is the headquarters of the Ligurian Archaeological Museum in villa Pallavicini of Pegli, the Naval Museum of Pegli and the Genoese and Ligurian Museum of Peasant History and Culture.

The Ligurian Archaeological Museum has the largest collections of Liguria’s past between 100,000 years ago and the end of the antique world. The collections par excellence make this Museum one of the main European institutions. The recent opening of laboratory and experiment areas such as the Archaeology Grotto and the simulated archaeological digging area have given the Museum structures that can promote knowledge and develop the archaeological and material culture heritage.

The historical-construction characteristics of the building are very important, enough so to make it necessary to plan the intervention, aimed at preserving the original construction solutions, with extreme caution.
The intervention techniques will therefore privilege the use of traditional material, limiting wall alteration to a minimum. When introducing new elements, the tendency will be to use “dry assembly” with pointed elements rather than continuous elements that require notable alterations.

When renovating, all the necessary prudence will be taken to guarantee that the building is approached correctly, remaining aware of the fact that there can be no renovation without the conservation of all the material aspects that identify the object on which to intervene. In addition, the renovation will be carried out in a manner that offers the opportunity to use the intervention phases for educational purposes, not just continuing to keep the structure open to the public but permitting, always within the limits of safety regulations, observation of the different intervention phases so that work progress can be followed as it occurs.


In addition to the Archaeological museum, Pegli also offers visitors the Naval Museum in Villa Doria that displays some historical aspects of Italian marine life, of which Genoa was the top representative.
The area of Genoa city with the highest number of museums is without doubt the historical centre: in via Garibaldi you can find the Musei di Strada Nuova (Museums of Strada Nuova) system, a unique trail between very prestigious works, held in the most important noble villas of the antique capital of the Republic.

A short distance from via Garibaldi, in via Lomellini, you can find the Renaissance Museum, which has Giuseppe Mazzini's home as its headquarters.


From the noble floor of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini it is possible to enter the terrace connected to the Park and the Dining room, of oval shape with decorations in tones of green and which is commonly known as the "Sala Verde” (Green Room).

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