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Albertis Castle, Genoa

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The Castello d'Albertis, or D'Albertis Castle is a historical residence in Genoa, north-western Italy. It was the home of sea captain Enrico Alberto d'Albertis, and was donated to the city of Genoa on his death in 1932. It currently houses the Museo delle Culture del Mondo (Museum of World Cultures), inaugurated in 2004.DescriptionD'Albertis designed the castle in the styles as and architectural collage with a Gothic revival appearance inspired by palaces in Florence and castles of Aosta Valley. Erected between 1886 and 1892 under the supervision of Gothic Revivalist Alfredo D'Andrade, the castle is located on the site of a 13th-century fortified area, which had been reinforced in the 16th century. Alberto not only based his design on the city's foundation, he incorporated and preserved the foundations of the bastion and one of the turrets.Inaugurated for the celebrations of 400 years of Columbus' discover of America, it was the first villa-castle built in Genoa.From top of the hill of Monte Galletto (or Montegalletto), one of the hills in the district of Castelletto, the castle dominates Genoa with a view of the Ligurian Sea.CollectionsThe museum includes ethnographic and archaeological findings collected by both Enrico and Luigi Maria d'Albertis during their trips to Africa, America (from Canada to Tierra del Fuego), New Guinea and Oceania. There is a large number of weapons from Sudan and the Zambesi area Chinese spears and European halberds. There are several exemplars of Canadian and American plains indigenous people, made in buffalo and deer leather and covered by porcupine thorns; also findings belonging to the Maya civilization from Honduras are present.
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  • Stand in the square outside Piazza Principe station, look up past the statue of Christopher Columbus and you will see the towers of Castello D’Albertis. I wondered what it was, and finding out was eas...  more »
  • I visited the castle while in Genoa and it was a picture-perfect place with a lovely café at the top. You go up by funicular which arrives in the street opposite the castle and the grounds are wonderf...  more »
  • The elevator to go up the mountain is an attraction in itself, but the view was great from the Castello. It is not exactly a castle, but a grand house designed into a museum. It was nice, but not over...  more »
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  • Worth the trip and cost. You can walk around most of the castle outside along with the locals. Inside you will get to see a lot of artifacts from the unexplored world of the 1800s. You might also be closely shadowed by an employee who won't make eye contact and follows your every move. There are a large number of "don't sit on or touch this" signs, so it might be a problem. There is minimal pirate content, but plenty of palm trees.
  • Good place to see if you like nosing around old houses, full of an eclectic collection from around the world. However this place needs some serious restoration done, most of the older rooms are suffering terribly from damp and there is white mould at the tops of some of the interior walls. An excellent place from which to get a view of the harbour, especially from the Columbus balcony.
  • nice castle, nice view of sea and city from top
  • Beautiful castle with great view
  • The tower of this castle was built on 16th century, at the end of 19th century the Captain D'Albertis built the new part of the Castle that contains all his collection of exotic objects. Very interesting. It is easily reachable from Via Balbi (near Stazione Principe) with a very charming lift. Don't miss it. It is situated in the richest district of Genova.