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Rolli Days 2024: “Genoa Garden of Europe”

After the fall edition, the Rolli Days, days in which it will be possible to admire, free of charge, in all their splendor, the sumptuous Renaissance and Baroque-style palaces that became UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2006, return to Genoa, May 17-19.

This year’s Rolli Days will have as its main theme visits to the large gardens that surrounded these splendid residences and that constituted, for the noble families who spent their holiday period in these places, an ´locus amoenus” where they could devote themselves to rest.

Rolli: origin of the name

Between 1400 and the following century, Genoese nobles had luxurious residences designed and built to demonstrate the affluence and magnificence of their families.

The Palazzi dei Rolli are thus the testimony and physical documentation of the Genoa of the “Golden Age”: a Genoa made up of shipowners, bankers and merchants capable of maintaining a political-commercial dominance over the entire Mediterranean Sea.

The city was enriched with splendid facades, grandiose gardens with fountains and water lilies, and sumptuous salons frescoed or with valuable collections of paintings and mirrors hanging on the walls.

In 1576 a Senate Decree established a list of these palaces and obligated the owners to host rich and prestigious visitors to the city. The mansions were then categorized, so-called “bustles,” according to the degree of opulence and beauty, and assigned due to the importance of the host:

  • Viceroys, cardinals and princes in the 1st compass;
  • Feudal lords and governors in the 2nd compass;
  • princes and ambassadors in the 3rd compass.

In 1622, Peter Paul Rubens, a celebrated Flemish painter, published in Antwerp the book “Palaces of Genoa,” which illustrated, with on drawings, elevations and sections, the most important aristocratic residences in the city that he considered the most elegant model for the residence of the perfect European gentleman.

The palaces of the Rolli

In one of our previous articles, we have already outlined what we think are the five most beautiful palaces to visit during Rolli Days. Thanks to this link you can read their description again.

What’s new in this edition of Rolli Days.

This year’s edition of Rolli Days will be in synergy with the sports events related to Genoa European Capital of Sport 2024. As of May 2, in fact, reservations will be open for the “Rolli Run,” a non-competitive run that, starting from Piazza Fontane Marose on Sunday, May 19, at 10 a.m., will allow athletes and families alike to run or walk along the main streets overlooked by the glorious palaces.

Among the ancient noble residences that will be open during Rolli Days: Palazzo Baldassarre Lomellini, Palazzo Ambrogio Di Negro, Palazzo Cattaneo Della Volta, Palazzo Giacomo Lomellini Patrone, Villa Centurione del Monastero, Albergo dei Poveri, Palazzo Spinola Doria, Palazzo Antonio Doria Spinola, Palazzo Franzone Spinola, Palazzo Tobia Pallavicini, Villa del Principe, Palazzo Gio. Battista Centurione Pitto, the Berio Library, the Strada Nuova Palaces (Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Tursi), the museums of Palazzo Spinola and Palazzo Reale, the University buildings on Via Balbi, and many more.

Palazzi dei Rolli Genova APP and website

The new app on Palazzi dei Rolli can be downloaded for free (on Apple Store (IOS version) “App Palazzi dei Rolli Genova” while on Google Play Store (Android version) “Genova Rolli”). You will be able to navigate, also in augmented reality, among the 42 palaces, with in-depth fact sheets, consulting the interactive map and identifying side events related to Rolli Days.

On the other hand, if you want to learn more about these jewels through the Internet, you can check out the official website: https://www.rolliestradenuove.it/

Starting Thursday, May 2, you can book your visit through this link.

After registration, users will be able to book the dozens among the city’s palaces, villas and churches at the times indicated on this webpage.

Where to stay

Just under a kilometer from the city center and a hundred meters from Brignole train station, Urban Flora is the perfect place for you to fully enjoy a visit to our city.

With us you will experience a Scandinavian-modern look, where fresh and pleasant plants will make you enjoy as much relaxation as possible and for an unforgettable vacation. All rooms provide a private bathroom, smart TV and free Wi-Fi that will make you feel right at home. Book your room now or contact us to ask for more information.

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