Villa Gropallo in Vado Ligure
via Aurelia, 72 - 17047 Vado Ligure (SV)
Telefono: 019 88 39 14
Fax: 019 88 39 14
Villa Groppallo Villa Groppallo

Art, work and culture meet in Vado Ligure.
The small town on the Riviera, close by Savona, has beautiful beaches and an important port which, when united with the one near the county seat, creates an extremely important commercial and tourist hub.

The artistic view also plays an important role:  Arturo Martini, one of the most important Italian sculptors of the 20th century, chose this town to live and work in.  The Groppallo museum holds many of his works, which are of great value, in the same manner as it holds many works that participated in the Premio Vado, a national exhibition of painting and sculpture dedicated to work and the Resistance.

The Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013) is dedicated precisely to the museum in Villa Groppallo, and intends intervening to guarantee full and complete access to the structure

A little bit of history

Villa Groppallo was built in 1693, and was enlarged in the first decade of the 18th century when it became a true villa.
In the mid-19th century the villa was purchased by the Gropallo family: the current name of the villa, which is slightly different, descends from this name. The municipality of Vado Ligure purchased the villa in 1973.

Accurate renovation (1975-1979) restored the original aspect of the building. It has been a multi-purpose cultural centre since 1982, the home of the art gallery and the library.

The intervention

The Villa Groppallo Museum is famous because it holds the works of Arturo Martini, a sculptor and potter who moved to Vado in 1920 because he considered it the ideal city for preserving his collection.

The project includes Museum renovation and work to guarantee access for disabled people. Educational equipment will be developed in particular, together with territorial contextualisation of the works in Savona, but not only: an attempt will be made to highlight Martini’s work and the relationships between the works of the great sculptor and those of the other artists in the museum using profiles, videos, photographic and monitor enlargements.

A selection of the most important paintings from the Queirolo legacy, which has been recently restored, will also appear in the exhibition. Access to the “Premio Vado” room will be independent and, at the same time, the chapel will be suitably repaired to become a small room for conferences and temporary exhibitions.

Inside the Museum, two ramps will allow disabled people to enter: the first will be positioned immediately after the ticket office-bookshop, the second between the semi-circular meeting room and the large rectangular hall. Also the Services for disabled people will be brought in line with current standards. The damp walls will be cleaned and restored, and the anti-intrusion and video surveillance systems will be upgraded.

There will be some monitor and interactive video posts integrated into the route and the educational data sheets. Each meeting room will be thematic and each work will be equipped with a wide range of explanatory information. The lighting will complete the existing system, with additional removable supporting elements being inserted to position new spot lights according to the works being displayed.


Savona, the county seat of the province of the same name, is just a few kilometres from Vado Ligure. Always a port reality on the Mediterranean, it arose around the colossal Fortezza del Priamar (Priamar fort): a hilly area that has been lived in since ancient times, it was fortified by the first Ligurian populations, becoming in succession a stronghold for the Romans, the Byzantines and the Genoese. More recently it was transformed into a prison, with Giuseppe Mazzini being closed in its rooms.
Today it is a place for events and festivals, as well as a cultural and exhibiting centre.


The beach of Varigotti, one of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria, is just a few kilometres from Vado Ligure: the town, facing the sea, is a small hamlet in the municipality of Finale Ligure.

A historical tourist point from the period immediately after the war, it has never lost the fascination and atmosphere of a small Ligurian fisherman's village, and it continues being irresistibly attractive for those who are looking for beaches, clean water and the peace that only a small hamlet can give. Saracen little houses, directly laying on the sand are typical of Varigotti; the shapes and colours of these houses reflect the homes on the opposite shore of the Mediterranean.

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