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Albertis Castle, Genoa

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4.3/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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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  • It was a great effort to get to the top of it was worth every penny! Excellent view of the whole city
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  • No matter where you look at it and always nice to dominate from above, I didn't bargain price to visit it and I honestly don't know whether it is possible to visit entrrare
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  • We attended a wonderful guided tour explaining the secret passages of the Castle organized on the occasion of the summer night openings. A wonderful idea to be able to learn more about one of the many interesting museums in Genoa and do so comfortably one evening in the summer. The Museum and visit the steps certainly deserve ... but what I really loved was being able to watch the sunset from a vantage point over the city without equal!
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very underrated place in the city, nice views and architecture
  • Una tappa obbligata
  • Let me be clear, the castle is beautiful from the outside, the wonderful view and definitely worth visiting. But on Thursday, as banner and various leaflets, organizes also a tasty aperitif to finish the day, says the flier. It is not written, though, on the flyer, that unless you book you don't eat ... and last night there were so many empty tables, at 20, booked. I mean, when will learn the ligurians to stay in the world of business?
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