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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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  • guided tour with detailed explanations that do understand well who was the person who built this beautiful Palace in Genoa
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  • Genoa is often associated with tourism only to his amazing Aquarium in the old port, but here and there in the city, through the narrow streets of the old town, you will discover various museums of great interest. In the dense urban fabric of the city, squeezed between the mountains and the sea, the Montegalletto, at the top of the Porta Principe train station, there is a "modern" building in eclectic style, reminiscent of a neo-gothic castle: is the Castello D'Albertis, beautiful House-Museum of the late nineteenth century belonged to the sea captain and Explorer Enrico D'Albertis, then to the municipality to his death. It is a genuine surprise: interesting collections dedicated to the "world cultures" especially of indigenous African American and Oceania countries. The initial nucleus was formed by objects collected by Captain during his many travels. But it is also an excellent vantage point: beautiful one you can enjoy from the Loggia that embraces the entire city; clearly visible is the lantern that the large port of Genoa. But let's go with order. Already getting here is "an experience": for who it takes to get there by public transport, you may do so via the special elevator of Montegalletto, which starts at the beginning of via Balbi, practically in the piazza della Porta Principe train station. Curiosity is the fact that it is a hybrid form of transport. Once you enter the elevator cabin does not climb on, but it runs on Rails a long hallway to the elevator shaft, where the cabin is attached and finally goes up! The entrance to the castle is opposite the exit of the lift. You pass through several times the city ramparts pierced the building that was built when properly leaned on much more ancient structures, before arriving in piazzale panoramic South of the Castle, which houses a large public park. Access is through a pointed arch with embattled guarded by two lions. Within this step was an Ecuadorian artist's murals on the theme of childhood maltreatment in South American countries. In the park there is a fountain and various towers (not accessible), as well as remnants of war (stone cannonballs and artillery shells). A small fountain in a shell is adorned with two huge bones of whale. Welcome gives it a copy of the Venus de Milo, on the square outside. After the first ticket you visit historical environments that belonged to Captain with salons from Arabian nights, then move on to the modern exhibition. At the foot of the monumental marble staircase there is the bicycle of the captain. The walls guns from the countries visited by D'Albertis. The first historical environment you visit is the Columbian Room with beautiful vaulted ceiling with arabesque decorations. Houses the library and a shop window with "Cabinet of curiosities", true antique taste Chamber of wonders, with the strangest objects and unusual collection found by Captain during his travels, about the plant and animal world (practice today fortunately banned) as the tail or other parts of Sudan's elephants, but also a human skull with Crown and shell necklace from New Guinea. At the back of the room the beautiful Loggia overlooking the city. And admiring the view with you there is the statue of Columbus Youth. The Hall of sundials is where captain realized he himself sundials that he used in his travels. The next two rooms are fabulous. First the Turkish Lounge allows you to jump in the Middle East: little has changed from the exhibition curated by the same D'albertis in the nineteenth century; It seems to be in a desert tent. Before moving to the modern museum devoted to world cultures, an insight into the captain's cabin, remember when he sailed. A wall fresco instead pays tribute to the voyages of Columbus. Follow various environments dedicated to peoples far away in space and time, as the populations of the Indians of the marshes in North America. A section is devoted to traditional medicines of Arabia, China and India. Among the artifacts on display to a dried fish that was given the left shape of a little devil, Dodge used to "alternative" medicines! On the ground floor there is the section "Music of the people". There are numerous photos of Captain portrait during his travels (such as in Egypt or in Airman). You leave the Castle pleased with the visit and fond of this great "man of the sea"!
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  • To get there, we took the elevator Castello D'Albertis-Montegalletto and left at the gates of the Castle. Only the entrance and gardens are worth a visit already. The Museum inside is rich and very interesting. great service at the reception. Recommend the tour.
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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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