Parchi di Nervi
The district of Nervi is a nice and elegant fishermen villager, located a few kilometers far from the centre of Genoa. Beyond the typical small port and the seafront promenade, in this area you can enjoy the marvellous Parchi di Nervi: a large green area formed by different gardens, which once belonged to villa Gropallo, villa Saluzzo Serra, villa Grimaldi Fassio and villa Luxoro. Today it has become the headquarters of prestigious Museums of modern and contemporary art.
The Parchi di Nervi are designed to recall the refined lives of the ancient aristocratic owners with English-style lawn, palm trees and many rare and precious trees, fountains, rose gardens
In this area you can find many suggestive corners, thanks to the presence of wonderul gardens.
If you stroll trhough the trails of the park you will reach the Capolungo cliff and will enjoy an extraordinary panorama on the Paradise Gulf and the promontory of Portofino. The Anita Garibaldi promenade it is more than a kilometer long and rises sheer from the sea, between the park and the cliffs. It will make you fall in love with Genoese sunsets.
Ancient villas and the Rose garden
Coming from the city centre, first you will run across Villa Gropallo: it was restored in the middle of the 19th century by the Marquis Gropallo, as his country estate. This residence hosted many personalities such as Gabriele D'Annunzio and Eleonora Duse. Today here you can find the Biblioteca Brocchi and the Carabinieri station of Nervi.
Going towards the east, crossing a small bridge, you will reach Villa Saluzzo Serra. Probably it was built in the 16th century and belonged to the Romeo family and later to the Marquises Saluzzo. In 1815 Gerolamo Serra acquired the residence, converting it in a landscape park. The complex was sold to the Municipality in 1927 and since 1928 the villa hosted the Galleria d’Arte Moderna of the city.
The third villa is Villa Grimaldi Fassio. It was acquired by the ship owner Ernesto Fassio in 1956 and was the last one to be sold to the Municipality. Today it is a museum and hosts the selected Raccolte Frugone, with sculptures and paintings by many European and Italian artists.
Another outstanding point of interest is the Luigi Viacava Rose Garden. It was restored in 2012 and it is divided into three areas: ancient roses, modern roses and competition roses. It has more than 200 types of plants with extraordinary colours. The best time to visit and enjoy the full beauty of this garden is surely the spring.
In the end you will find Villa Luxoro. This residence was built in 1903, as a summer estate for the Luxoro family. It was the last villa to be built inside the park and today it has become a fascinating museum, that preserves many figurative and applied art works. At the moment the museum is closed, but soon it will open to the public.