Galleria Nazionale, Palazzo Spinola, The National Gallery or Palazzo Spinola National Gallery are all one in the same! It is a wonderful museum and former home of the Spinola family, so it contains some of the original furnishings and their extensive picture collection, including works by Antonello Messina, Peter Paul Rubens, Anton Van Dyck, Bernardo Strozzi, and Joos van Cleeve. The furnished rooms give you a very good idea how the rich lived in 17th century Genoa. Be aware that the museum is on many levels and requires walking up lots of steps, although I have noticed elevators do access some of the levels, but I'm unsure if they will take you to all the rooms or even if they are in working condition .Also locating the museum, may be difficult and the area around it seems dark and a little unsafe, but I have never had any problems. It's just a 5 minute walk from either Via Garibaldi down hill, or from the busy pedestrian street Via S.Luca, slightly uphill (a favorite street for shopping and ice cream!) Watch for" Palazzo Spinola" signs and don't worry about the many" ladies of the evening" sporting their goods, mid-day, along the way to the museum should you walk from Via Garibaldi. Overall, I really enjoyed this museum, but it wouldn't be my first choice of sights in Genoa. If you would like other ideas of what to see in Genoa, feel free to email me. Enjoy your stay!
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