Palazzo Reale

Genoa, Italy

Construction of the present Palazzo Reale began in 1618 for the Balbi family. From 1643-1655, work renewed under the direction of the architects Pier Francesco Cantone and Michele Moncino. In 1677, the palace was sold to the Durazzo Family, who enlarged the palace under the designs of Carlo Fontana.

In 1823, the palace was sold to the Royal House of Savoy. From 1919, the palace has belonged to the state.

The palace contains much original furniture and decoration. Frescoes inside include the Glory of the Balbi Family by Valerio Castello and Andrea Sghizzi, Spring changing slowly to Winter by Angelo Michele Colonna and Agostino Mitelli, and Jove establishes Justice on the Earth by Giovanni Battista Carlone. It also contains canvases by Bernardo Strozzi, il Grechetto, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Domenico Fiasella as well as Bassano, Tintoretto, Luca Giordano, Anthony van Dyck, Ferdinand Voet, and Guercino. It contains statuary by Filippo Parodi.



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Via Balbi 4, Genoa, Italy
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Founded: 1618
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Kim D (6 months ago)
Only €2 entry for students which is well worth it. The museum is open at really strange times but hey that's Italy. We only went in for the garden but then found the palace to be really gorgeous - definitely recommend a visit here. I think the garden would be better in the daylight and it wasn't lit very well.
Biel Isern Ubach (9 months ago)
A very nice palace. Worth to visit. It's only 4 euros, but free for students and teachers
Carol Tijtgat (10 months ago)
Fun to see, but doesn’t take longer than 20 min
Dr. Cogu (11 months ago)
I have no words. This architecture is just fantastic. Walking through its halls gave me goosebumps. There is also a garden that you can visit outside after you finish with the palace tour. I can highly recommend this place. It is definitely worth a visit! And the entrance is really cheap.
Nour Bou Salman (15 months ago)
The palace is amazing but the staff wasn't very friendly. They could've been friendlier as they tried to kick us out several times saying it's because of time and covid and so on although the palace was practically empty for anyone other than us
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