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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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  • Came across a castle and Park at it casually, deciding to take a lift to the station. And have not regretted. Magnificent and Park at the Palace, and harbour views from the mountain and Castle, which lies a very interesting Museum. If you want to take a break from the standard Basil and squares-here necessarily.
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  • The first reason is the beautiful views, when it can be reached with a lift. It was sunny and a bit windy. Genoa showed the harbor and its hills in all their glory. Then the Museum, housed in a composite style castle, where the owner had collected everything that his travels had allowed, surprising interiors, impeccable. with a helpful staff to guide a small wonder.
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  • By genovese, the castello D'Albertis for me has always been a beautiful example of eclectic architecture that stands on the foothills behind Piazza Principe train station but nothing more. I've always seen crossing the Causeway, but far be it from me to the thought of visiting it, I always snubbed ... and so wrong, why this castle/Manor, is a beautiful example of privately run museum exhibition that will leave you fully satisfied. The Museum is divided into two noble floors where Captain D'albertis, an exporter gentleman that during his life he gathered here and interesting objects that come mostly from the Americas but also from Africa and Asia. Everyday objects that tell of people who in some cases no longer exist such as native Americans. The rooms where he lived the captain are persè one blaze of typical late 19th century eclectic architecture with murals, carved fireplaces and furniture that summed up one room so many styles and so many eras. The journey Museum extends then in the premises of the old warehouses where you can find an area devoted to traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Ago from icing on the cake the attractive grounds surrounding the Castle where you can find a café with a terrace from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the harbor and lantern and phenomenal sunsets overlooking the Alps or Corsica on days when the sky is particularly clear. If you spend an hour or two in Genoa in this abode/ethnographic museum you will not regret it, the view of Genoa from above will accompany you forever!! ... Getting there is simple: Piazza Principe railway station, take Via Balbi and at the albergo Vittoria take lift/funicular which takes in going from there in a few minutes you are at Dogali, Castle.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful castle with interesting history, and amazing views!
  • Very underrated place in the city, nice views and architecture
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