This palace, one of three that together make up the Musei di Strada Nuova, features a small but absorbing collection of legendary violinist Niccolò Paganini’s personal effects. In the Sala Paganiniana, 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 his travelling chess set.

The palace has also housed Genoa’s town hall since 1848.