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Via Garibaldi description and photos - Italy: Genoa

Via Garibaldi description and photos - Italy: Genoa. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Via Garibaldi.

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Via Garibaldi is one of the main streets of the historic center of Genoa, along which the luxurious palaces of the Genoese aristocracy are located. In 2006, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Palazzi dei Rolli neighborhood.

The history of the street dates back to 1550 - then Bernardino Cantone created the first project of the city highway. It was originally called Strada Maggiore - "main road", then it was renamed Strada Nuova - "new road", and until the end of the 19th century it was known as Via Aurea. Germaine de Stael called it Via dei Re - "street of the kings". And only in 1882 she received the name of the national hero of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi. Today, this straight street with a slight incline is about 250 meters long and 7.5 meters wide.

In addition to many office buildings and private buildings, Via Garibaldi is home to two of the largest art galleries in Genoa - the Palazzo Bianco Gallery and the Palazzo Rosso Gallery, which together with Palazzo Doria Tursi form part of the Strada Nuova museum quarter.

The street began to be built up in the second half of the 16th century - a period that went down in history as the “Age of the Genoese”. The local aristocracy wanted to move from the city hills, where at that time the main residential area of Genoa was located, closer to the sea. The design of the street and the construction of palaces lasted about 40 years - until 1588.

Today along the Via Garibaldi one can see some of the most elegant and pompous palaces in Genoa. From Piazza Fontane Marose to Piazza della Meridiana are the Palazzo Pallavicini Cambiaso, built at the end of the 16th century, Palazzo Gambaro with amazingly beautiful frescoes, Palazzo Lercari Parodi, Palazzo Carrega Cataldi, Palazzo Angelo Giovanni Spinola and others. The Palazzo Doria Tursi has been home to the municipality of Genoa since 1848 - without doubt the most important and impressive building in Via Garibaldi. Many of the quarter's majestic palaces were badly damaged during the Second World War, but fortunately were successfully restored and still attract the attention of thousands of tourists to this day.

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