Home to the Museum of Ligurian Archaeology and to the Botanical Garden established in 1794 dedicated to "Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi", the romantic park of the villa, located in western Genoa, is one of Europe's most important historical gardens. It was built by the marquis Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini who entrusted its design and complete construction to Michele Canzio, the set designer of the Teatro Carlo Felice opera house. Carried out between 1840 and 1846, the project led to the creation of a work that is now considered one of the highest expressions of the 19th century romantic garden style: thanks to Canzio's interpretation, he created a pathway inspired by the theatre, arranged over a series of acts and scenes.
Visitors find themselves winding down paths surrounded by Neoclassical, Neo-Gothic and rustic architecture, fringed with palm trees, exotic plants, holm-oaks and laurels.
The park is also home to one of Italy's oldest collections of camellias, as well as important specimens of cork oaks, camphor laurels, Araucaria, Lebanon cedars and many types of palm trees.
The central area of the villa houses the Museo di Archeologia (Museum of Archeology), featuring Ligurian artefacts ranging from prehistory to the Roman era.
Audioguides; Bar Bistrot.
Location for private events and set for photoshooting, catering.
1-24 March and 1-28 October: Tuesday-Sunday 9.30-18.00
(last admittance 16.00).
25 March - 30 September: Tuesday-Sunday 9.30-19.30
(last admittance 17.00).
29 October - 4 November: Tuesday-Sunday 9.30-17.00
(last admittance 15.00).
Guided tours by appointment.
Artistic and creative activities for students and adults.
Adult 10 €
Senior (over 65), students (age 19-26), disabled visitors, ICOM, Trenitalia discount 8 €
Students (age 7-18), Friends of Villa D. Pallavicini 5 €
Park and Museum 12 €
Family (2 adults and one child age 7-18) 22 €
Free admittance under 6, tour guides, journalists, companion with disabled visitors.