Villa Pallavicini. GENOA. 14. Route. 93
was decorated with frescoes by Pierino del Vaga, a pupil of Raphael, and
renovated in 1845. Visitors are conducted through the great entrance-hall,
a corridor hung with portraits of the Doria family, and a saloon with a large
ceiling-painting representing Jupiter overthrowing the giants. The latter
also contains a portrait of the aged prince (who was admiral of the fleets
of the Pope, of Emp. Charles V., and of Francis of France, as well as of
that of Genoa) with his favourite cat. The elder branch of the Doria fa¬
mily, to whom the palace now belongs, generally resides at Rome.
The garden of the palace, extending towards the harbour,
contains remarkably tine orange-trees. At the extremity, towards
the sea, rises an extensive Loggia with arcades. The gardens on
the hill opposite, with a statue of Hercules ('11 Gigante') in a
niche, also appertain to the estate. They command a fine survey
of the harbour.
Palazzo Spinola, Via Nuova 54 (PI. 34), formerly Grimaldi,
containing some good pictures, and another Palazzo Spinola (Giov.
Battista), in the Piazza Fontane Morose (PI. 35), as well as se¬
veral other of the palaces of the Genoese nobility, which "-are re¬
markable either for their architecture or their collections, may also
be visited by those who have leisure.
The most favourite promenade is the small park (Giardino
Pubblico) of *Acqua Sola (PI. 41), adorned with a fountain, situ¬
ated on an eminence at the N.E. extremity of the city (approached
most conveniently from the Piazza delle Fontane Morose by the
street ascending opposite the post-office). The Caffe dell' Italia
(p. 86), with a pleasant garden, and well fitted up, is a popular
resort here. During the military concerts on Sunday afternoons
the grounds are crowded. Pleasing views to the E. and S.,
especially over the open sea. Adjoining the N. side of the pro¬
menades of Acqua Sola is the Villa Negro (PI. 46), the property
of the city, and open to the public, with well-kept garden. Win¬
ding promenades ascend hence to a bastion at the back of the
villa, about 150 ft. above Acqua Sola, commanding a fine sur¬
vey of the city, the harbour, and environs.
The most delightful excursion in the environs is to the *Villa
Pallavicini (admission see p. 91), at Pegli, 7l/2 M. W. of Genoa,
a station on the Genoa and Nice Railway (p. 95; in 35 min..
fares 1 fr. 10, 88, and 55 c). The station is immediately oppo¬
site to the entrance of the villa. One of the gardeners (fee 2 fr.
for 1 pers., more for a party) of the Marchese conducts visitors
through the grounds and the park, the inspection of which occupies
about 2 hrs. They extend to a considerable height on the slope*
rising from the coast and display the richest luxuriance of
southern vegetation. Cedars, magnolias, magnificent oleanders,
azalias, camellias, etc. here flourish in the jjpen air. Several
points of view afford the most charming prospects of Genoa, the
sea, coast, and mountains. The highest of these points is occu¬
pied by a building in the mediaeval style with a tower, whence
an extensive and magnificent panorama is enjoyed. The other