On October 14th and 15th 2017 Genoa opens to the public its amazing Palazzi dei Rolli, Unesco World Heritage Site.
Two days to explore the aristocratic and ancient palaces in the heart of Genoa and discover the stories of their noble owners and of a city called "Superba".
During the October 2017 edition, two main themes will guide us to explore and discover the Palazzi dei Rolli
- Patrons and benefactors in ancient Genoa: the same noble families who founded the Rolli Palaces and their incredible artistic heritage were involved in many charity activities, supporting the poorest and the less lucky. To discover this peculiar aspect of their actions, it will be possible to visit the “Albergo dei Poveri – The Poor Hostel", a structure created to give shelter and work to those were in need, which is also a beautiful building with an interesting art collection; and the precious archive of the Magistrato di Misericordia – that we could translate as "Mercy Office", the Institution created by the Republic and the Diocese of Genoa in order to manage heritages and other kinds of legacies dedicated to support the needy, which preserve extraordinary documents starting from the Fifteenth Century
- Domenico Piola, a protagonist of Baroque art in Genoa: Domenico Piola and his workshop dominated the Genoese art scene for almost half a century, in the second half of the Seventienth Century, and he worked, creating paintings and frescoes, for all the families who lived in the Rolli Palaces. On the occasion of the first important monographic exhibition dedicated to the painter, which will take place between Palazzo Lomellino and the Strada Nuova Museums, it will be possible to follow an itinerary through his works, which includes palaces, museums and churches of the ancient city.
In this edition of the Rolli Days, it will be possible to visit 30 palaces: check the list in the Italian version of this page!
You can visit the palaces on your own and in any order (some palaces have times restrictions or limits in the number of visitors, indicated in the Italian version); or you can decide to follow a guided visit in English to some of the palaces, led by an official guide.
If you want to book a guided visit during the event, or for further information, please follow the link