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“Lovely to stroll through”

Museo di Palazzo Reale
Ranked #15 of 317 things to do in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 March 2012

This was my second walk through the grounds of the Reale...next trip I'm taking the full tour. It's serene and you have a nice view of the harbor. The inlay around the pool is remarkable in it's complexity--don't forget to look under your feet!

Thank MurryG08
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Gardens are beautiful. Lots of stairs to climb--wear good shoes. Big rooms, lots of great art.

Thank Ted B
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

Stunning! A good collection of pieces. Not everything is available in english

1  Thank Voyagermundo
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

nice baroque palazzo, not much large but it was close to our hotel

Thank Ignis_cz
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

Museo Palazzo Reale is a beautiful Palace built by two great Genovese families starting in 1618 by the Balbi family. In 1677 it was sold to the Dueres who expanded and completely renovated the Palace. In 1823 it was sold to the King of Savoy to be used as his private residence. Most items are from that period. The Palace is beautifully furnished and the brightly colored frescoes, sculpture and tapestries weaved with gold threads are amazing. Paintings are also well represented with 3 by Anton van Dyck, Giordano and Strozzi and several other artists. There is a very good web site www.palazzorealegenova.it in Italian; use Google to translate.
Palazzo Reale is an easy 5 minute walk from the Piazza Principe Train Station on Via Balbi. The entrance, ticket purchase desk and starting point are on the second floor, requiring a climb of 3 long staircases. I didn’t see any elevator. Entrance fee is just 4EU. Because the museum staff is so small, one person mans the desk while the other person walks groups through the Palace which depart about every ½ hour; it’s not a tour, it’s meant to keep people together so they can keep an eye on the collection, although they are happy to give you information. This makes the visit a bit rushed, as they try to get everyone through the Palace in ½ hour. One gentleman speaks English, the other staff speak Italian. In nearly every room there are information cards in English, French and Italian which point out the different important objects and are very helpful. On the lower floor of the building is the apartment that belonged to the Duke of Abruzzi and entrance is by reservation only. Palazzo Reale is open on Tues/Wed from 9-13:30 and on Thurs/Sun from 9-19:00. Closed on Monday. The first time I visited photography without flash was allowed however on this most recent visit, photography was not allowed. Their web site shows a café called MCafe, but I didn’t see it, possibly it’s only open in the summer. Don’t forget to visit the Gardens before you depart. This is a stunning royal Palace and certainly worth a visit! If you have any questions about it or what to do in Genova, feel free to contact me.

7  Thank AnnArborMHT
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