Musei di Strada Nuova

Musei di Strada Nuova information

Genoa , Italy
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combined ticket adult/reduced €8/6
Opening hours
9am-7pm Tue-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat & Sun
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Skirting the northern edge of what was once the city limits, pedestrianised Via Garibaldi (formerly called the Strada Nuova) was planned by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century. It quickly became the city's most sought-after quarter, lined with the palaces of Genoa's wealthiest citizens. Three of these palazzi (mansions) – Rosso, Bianco and Doria-Tursi – comprise the Musei di Strada Nuova. Between them, they hold the city's finest collection of old masters.

Tickets must be purchased at the bookshop inside Palazzo Doria-Tursi . This palace's highlight is the Sala Paganiniana, which showcases a small but absorbing collection of legendary violinist Niccolò Paganini's personal effects. Pride of place goes to his Canone violin, made in Cremona in 1743. One lucky musician gets to play the maestro's violin during October's Paganiniana festival. Other artefacts on show include letters, musical scores and Paganini's travelling chess set. Elsewhere the collections are centred on ceramics and coins.

Lavishly frescoed rooms in Palazzo Rosso are the backdrop for several Van Dyck portraits of the local Brignole-Sale family. Other standouts include Guido Reni's San Sebastiano and Guercino's La Morte di Cleopatra (the Death of Cleopatra), as well as works by Veronese, Dürer and Bernardo Strozzi.

Flemish, Spanish and Italian artists feature at Palazzo Bianco . Rubens' Venere e Marte (Venus and Mars) and Van Dyck's Vertumna e Pomona are among the highlights, which also include works by Hans Memling, Filippino Lippi and Spanish masters Murillo and Zurbarán.