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Villa del Principe

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Address: Piazza del Principe 4, 16126, Genoa, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 010 255509
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Villa del Principe - Palazzo di Andrea Doria is the richest and most...

Villa del Principe - Palazzo di Andrea Doria is the richest and most sumptuos noble household of the city of Genoa, the Villa of the only Prince Genoa ever had. It was 1529 when Andrea Doria, skilful admiral and legendary man of arms, began the constructions that would have lead to the rise of this wonderful Villa overlooking the Gulf of Genoa. To live its splendour once again it is sufficient to stroll through its halls, in wonder in front of its amazing fresco paintings and incredible tapestries.

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A beautiful building

Elegance and sophistication rooms, very precious multitude of paintings, architecture make this building a priceless gem.

Reviewed 31 December 2016
Bucharest, Romania
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Bucharest, Romania
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119 reviews
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Elegance and sophistication rooms, very precious multitude of paintings, architecture make this building a priceless gem.

Thank Hoinara
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

The place itself is wonderful and definitely worth visiting. Still, the garden (one of the reasons I had chosen to visit the place) is closed and the building requires some restoration.

Thank Andrada R
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

The Villa del Principe is fantastic. It is still private, so it costs 9 euro to visit; but it is absolutely worth it. The 15th and 16th century tapestries are fabulous. The fresco's and stucco are amazing, even as the gardens, which you can by the way visit for free. You pay entrance for visiting the palazzo itself. The villa... More 

Thank MCC38
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

The owner must have been very disappointed not to have made it on to the rolli! A few minutes walk from Principe Station, you can stroll in the gardens without entering the house which are very pretty but once again dominated by the autostrada. The house is definitely worth a visit a bit pricey at €9 and then a further... More 

Thank Sharon L
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

This palazzo is a private museum with a hefty entrance fee (E 9,00) and and extra charge of 4 euros if you want to take photos (without flash). However, the light inside is so low that most of the pictures are hopelessly blurred. Still, its worth visiting because of some wonderful tapestries, many unusual hangings and fine examples of Genovese... More 

Thank Bernard F
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Amazing grounds and incredible furniture art works and tapestries. Not to be missed people say Genova has no great attractions, well they are wrong. It's like saying the only great classical works are by Vivaldi or Chopin. There are dozens of other less famous but equally refined delicate and superb works by other composers that are just not as commercial.... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This Palazzo was damaged during the war and is squeezed between the rail station and a thruway. It is rather decrepit inside and outside but retains an odd charm. Some beautiful tapestries are displayed and there is a valiant effort to revive what must have been a charming garden. There is an incongruous fee for picture taking.

1 Thank MILOUW
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I've also visit Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome, and both are amazing. If you like art, arhitecture visit this spledid villa.

Genoa, Italy
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

It's been a long time since I last visited this museum and unfortunately this most recent trip was disappointing. Previously the museum offered an audio guide which was essential to understanding the beautiful frescoes, works of art and the history, but it's been discontinued. I couldn't even locate anyone working who knew why or if they are just updating the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

This is one of the most special palaces in Italy. Its builder / owner(s), its history, the way in which the forces of modernity (C19 railways and port growth) have cut it and its gardens off from its former position of command of the water and the mountain (garden) behind, and finally, the very great art works inside, are a... More 

Thank Paul F

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