D'Albertis Castle

Genoa, Italy

The Castello d'Albertis was the home of sea captain Enrico Alberto d'Albertis, and was donated to the city of Genoa on his death in 1932. D'Albertis designed the castle in the style of an architectural collage with a Gothic revival appearance inspired by palaces in Florence and castles of Aosta Valley. It currently houses the Museo delle Culture del Mondo (Museum of World Cultures), inaugurated in 2004.

Erected between 1886 and 1892 under the supervision of Gothic Revivalist Alfredo D'Andrade, the castle is located on the site of a 13th-century fortified area, which had been reinforced in the 16th century. Alberto not only based his design on the city's foundation, he incorporated and preserved the foundations of the bastion and one of the turrets.

The museum includes ethnographic and archaeological findings collected by both Enrico and Luigi Maria d'Albertis during their trips to Africa, America (from Canada to Tierra del Fuego), New Guinea and Oceania. There is a large number of weapons from Sudan and the Zambesi area Chinese spears and European halberds. There are several exemplars of Canadian and American plains indigenous people, made in buffalo and deer leather and covered by porcupine thorns; also findings belonging to the Maya civilization from Honduras are present.

It also exhibits models of ships and yachts, nautical instruments, photographs and the volumes of d'Albertis personal library.

A separate section dedicated to music (the Museo delle Musiche dei Popoli, 'Museum of Peoples' Music') exhibits musical instruments from the whole world.



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Corso Dogali 18, Genoa, Italy
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Founded: 1886
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Alexandra Tucu (9 months ago)
Is a nice and quiet place where you can se all the panoramic viw of the porto Antico.
J More (12 months ago)
Such an amazing place the views alone are worth the visit. I can only imagine a beautiful Genovese summer sunset from here. If you take the bus is easy to get to the top or by using the town elevator, also a pretty cool thing to do if you ask me.
Sharon Boyes (13 months ago)
Lots of artefacts from all over world as well as the old world charm of castle architecture.
Richárd Szeri (13 months ago)
for the first view, it is chaotic and there are multiple cultures set up in such a small place - but in the end you leave the castle with a very good taste of knowledge. I definitely recommend to walk a bit in the garden - phenomenal. You can take the elevator from Principe, if you dont want to do gym and climb up :) it cost 90 cent and goes both vertical and horizontal.
ILIYA POPOV (15 months ago)
A relatively new castle that is turned into a gallery. Easily reachable by the funicular next to the Principe train station (an experience by itself as it is horizontally moving until it turns into elevator). The view from the castle is spectacular and definitely worth it. The exposition features artifacts from all over the world along with some modern art. There is an open air cafeteria.
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