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ST. MARIA DELLE VIGNE
We had just been to St. Lukes, and thought how beautiful that was, when we came to another. From the outside, it was very plain, and didn't look inviting either, part of it was being renovated.
On pushing open the door, it was another of those "wow!" moments, for this was incredible! Believe me, every one I saw come in that door were gob-smacked! And......Not many people seemed to find this Church, a plus for me, and a minus for them!
It is believed to date back to the 9th century. It is full of marvellous frescoes, painting's, statues, wood carving's, in my eyes, just beautiful! It would be one of best I have ever been inside!
Don't be fooled by the outside, do go inside and see for yourself!
Art for Sale!
In the streets and square located near St. Lorenzo Cathedral, I found many Artist's selling their work. There was all kinds of Art, most probably, something for everybody's taste. I don't know the prices as I didn't wish to buy, but I did enjoy browsing their art work.
Address: Via San Lorenzo - Centre/sea
Directions: NO BUS, walking from caricamento or deferrari
This was a very pleasurable experience as I never knew what I was going to see as I entered another narrow alley way!
The main thing to do is.....LOOK UP! as this city has some wonderful sights.
On the corners of buildings were Religious statues, and then there was the Art Nouveau buildings, they were very interesting!
Some of the streets had bridges across them, some were Arches with old frescoes underneath the arch itself, there were little shops and Cafes beckoning for you to look or stop for a break..............And as well as all this, there were the main attractions and plenty of them.
Just one point.....This city is hilly, so be prepared for some uphill walking!
Castle D'Albertis is now the home of the World culture museum. Located way up the top of Montegalletto hill, we had wonderful views over Genoa.
Captain Enrico Alberto D’Albertis designed the castle in the style of an architectural collage.
How lucky was Genoa, when after his death in 1932, the Castle and its collections, were donated to the City.
Inside, its another decorated building, but different to other Palaces we had seen in Genoa, more Moorish! The collections are of what he brought back with him from his world travels.
ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults 6 euros
OPEN...Tuesday to Sunday....10 - 5pm
Directions: D'Alberti Castle, Corso Dogali 18, Genoa
Phone: +39 010 272 3820
Genoa remembers with a lovely Monument of Christopher Columbus who was born in 1451, the oldest of five children. He was named "Cristoforo Colombo".
Who would have thought that he would become such a great explorer, and he would always remember Genoa as his Birthplace. He donated one-tenth of his income from his discovery of the Americas to the Bank of San Giorgio in Genoa for the relief of taxation on foods.
No wonder they remember him! He died in 1506.
Address: via Balbi
The Palazzo Reale, is the Palace that I decided to visit.
It is known as the Royal Palace, it is large and has been added to throughout the Savoy & Genoese dynasties.
We had to do a tour of the Palace, nobody was allowed on their own. The tour was good, the building was beautiful! There were a lot of paintings, and a lot of frescoes, evidently done by some very important Baroque and Rococo artist's. As usual, the Hall of Mirror's is wonderful, and so was the Ballroom & the Throne room, then there were the State apartments, an Atrium, and more than I can remember! After the tour, we could go out into the garden by ourselves. This was very nice, had a fountain, quite a few statues and some lovely red roses!
All original interiors, frescoes, stucco, paintings, sculptures, beautiful furniture and furnishing's and a nice garden, this was a Palace I loved seeing.
The only problem was.... NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED INSIDE,but in the garden, we were allowed to take them.
I did think the admission price for this Palace was very reasonable and it's really worth seeing if you have the time.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 09.00-1.30pm.... Thursday to Sunday 09.00-7pm....Closed on Mondays
DMISSION IN 2011....Adults ....4euro
Concessions...2euros (18 to 25 year olds), free for under 18s and over 65s Concessions 2 euros.
The Palazzo Reale museum is part of the Genoa Museums “Card” scheme.
Directions: From the train station in Piazza Principe:
approximately 5 minutes on foot
From the Aquarium: 10 minutes on foot Numbers 20 or 35 from the centre, get off at via Balbi
Numbers 20 or 35 from the centre, get off at via Balbi
View of Villa Del Principe garden
QUOTED AS....."One of the most beautiful and authentic Genoese palaces"
Villa del Principe, built in 1530, is not very attractive at the point of entry.
I didn't have time to go in, which was a shame, because from the photo's on the website, it looks well worth a visit. It looks to have many beautiful rooms and frescoes, and you do get to walk through the prince's and princess' apartments.
I had to be content with viewing the lovely garden from the outside fence. I could see the nicely laid out attractive garden, but for photo's, it was no good as the wire was very close together.
ADMISSION IN 2011....Adults....9euro
OPEN..... ..Tuesday - Sunday from 10.00 am to 5:00 pm
CLOSED... Easter Sunday, May 1st, August 15th, January 1st
From October to March visits need to be made on appointment
The website is good, and gives you an idea of what to expect, and then you can make up your mind!
Address: Address: Piazza del Principe 4, Genoa
San Donato is a small, medieval, 12th century Romanesque Church that was consecrated in 1189.
After bombing in 1684 it was restored, and has been several times since then, and it still has the octagonal Bell Tower.
There are some nice views from here, and beside the back of the Church is the beautiful building in my photo. I don't know the name, but it is worth looking at!
THE CHURCH IS OPEN....
Mon.-Sat. 8-noon and 3-7pm, Sun. 9-12:30 and 3-7pm
Address: Piazza San Donato
Another Basilica in Genoa, this one, different again!
Built in renaissance style, is was painted in a red ochre colour, and stood out in its position on the Hill. It is another I didn't get to see the inside.
I do like the story behind the building of this Church.
It was a request by Bendinello Sauli in his will to build this Church, as he wished to humiliate the Fieschi family who had committed a grave injustice towards him (they had started mass in their nobleman's church without waiting for the Sauli family!).
Seventy years later, enough money had be raised for the construction in the mid 1500's, and it was finally completed in 1602!
It is built in the shape of a Greek cross inscribed into a square, and has four statues placed in the niches carved into the support columns.
Service times: Saturdays 6pm; Sundays 8.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 6.30pm.
OPEN....9 - Noon & 3.30pm - 7.30pm ..........Monday - Sunday
Address: Via Innocenzo IV, 8, 16128 Genoa
In 1155, the Barbarossa defensive walls were extended to give more protection of Genoa, and it was at this time, at the top of St. Andrew hill, the Porta Soprana was built. The pair of medieval towers are said to be the most well known landmark of Genoa. I could just see cloister's behind the gate which belonged to a 12th century Convent.
There used to be three main gates, each with high semicircular towers. Only two can be seen today, “Porta Soprana” and “Porta dei Vacca," the third one, the Porta Aurea was completely demolished.
Address: Piazza Dante - Centre - East of De Ferrari
Directions: BUS: 17-46-47-41
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