Guided tour

Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

Activity provider: Genova Tourism Board

Guided Tour of Rolli Palaces UNESCO Site, Genoa

Activity provider: Genova Tourism Board

From US$ 15.27 per person

Take an exclusive tour of some of the most wonderful palaces in Genoa, dating back to the 16th century when the city was at the heart of Italy's nobility and Golden Century. Enjoy this unique chance to visit some real noble residences open just for you!

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Duration 2 hours
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Italian, English
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  • Take a tour of some of Genoa's magnificent palaces, dating back to the 16th-17th century
  • Admire the "Golden Room" in Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino and discover the hidden fresco in Palazzo Lomellino
  • Visit the beautiful rooms of the Palazzo Rosso, one of Strada Nuova Museum
  • Walk up on the magnificent stairs of Palazzo Imperiale
Full description
Visit the wonderful Genoese residences of the XVI century and join this guided tour of the Rolli Palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour of some of the most sumptuous residences built by the aristocratic Genoese families during the so-called “ Secolo d’Oro“ (“The Golden Century”), between the 16th and 17th century. The System of the "Palazzi dei Rolli" includes splendid palaces with open staircases, courtyards and loggias overlooking gardens. The palaces, positioned at different levels, were part of a network of public hospitality houses for state visits, as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa in 1576. The “Rolli” (named from the parchment rolls in which the palaces were inscribed) were subdivided into three “bussoli”, balloting lists, where the palaces were registered according to their richness and dimension. Lots were drawn to decide which palace would have the privilege - and the duty - of playing host to visiting state dignitaries. The first “bussolo” was for cardinals, princes and viceroys, the second for large scale landowners and third for princes of lesser standing and ambassadors: the first example of hôtellerie in Europe. The “Rolli” were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. These exclusive and elegantly decorated residences did not escape the eye of a fine artist as the great Flemish painter Rubens, who at the beginning of the 17th century published a book collecting the drawings of these buildings as a residential model for the Antwerp nobility. Experience a piece of Italy's extravagant Golden Century in Genoa.
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance to Palazzo Imperiale
  • Entrance to Musei di Strada Nuova
  • Visit to Palazzo Lomellino and to Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino
  • Gratuities (optional)

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The tour starts from the Tourist Information Centre, Via Garibaldi, 12r, 16124 Genova GE, Italy.

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  • The tour will take place in two languages (Italian and English) with a bilingual guide
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Very thorough and informative guide with a pleasant manner. We particularly liked the fact that she gave the English speakers as much information and time as the Italian speakers, even though there were only 3 of us and lots of them! The app did take us to a building some yards away from the meeting point but we did manage to find it.

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November 20, 2022

a surprise

The visit opened us a vision of a Genoa that we did not suspect, or that we did not know. Behind the power of the Maritime Republic we have found a richness and refinement which, despite the privacy of that world, were proposed with the support of a great culture. The guide introduced us to the palaces and to the life of families with competence, brilliance but without burdens.

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July 9, 2017

Barbara is a great guide, she does know a lot about the houses. In one of the places they were preparing a wedding but they still let us in. The time went by and I didn't feel the 2 and a half hours.

September 28, 2022

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