Musei di Strada Nuova
Tickets must be purchased at the bookshop inside Palazzo Doria-Tursi . The palace’s Sala Paganiniana has a small but absorbing...
Lavishly frescoed rooms in Palazzo Rosso are the backdrop for several portraits by Van Dyck of the local Brignole-Sale family. Other...
Flemish, Spanish and Italian artists feature at Palazzo Bianco . Rubens’ Venere e Marte (Venus and Mars) and Van Dyck’s Vertumna e...
La Madeleine Café Teatro
Live bands blast their stuff from 10pm most nights at this energetic cafe-theatre-music bar.
It's a testament to Italy's unswerving gastronomic quality that even the museum cafes are top-notch. M-Cafe in the grand lobby of the...
Musei di Strada Nuova information
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.