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Palazzo Doria Tursi

Step into the opulent world of one of Genoa’s regal palaces and find a fascinating museum dedicated to the world-famous violinist Paganini. 

The Palazzo Doria Tursi is one of Genoa’s most regal buildings. It is the most majestic of the palaces located along Via Grimaldi, and makes up one third of a trio of palaces which together are known as the Strada Nuova Museums. Visit to experience the opulence of medieval Genoa and to see, housed in the vast halls, items such as a violin belonging to Niccolò Paganini. 

The Palazzo Doria Tursi is many things. It is an important architectural relic which is still one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Its walls seem filled with history. It has also, since 1848, been Genoa’s town hall. Lastly, it houses a fascinating collection of the personal effects of Niccolò Paganini, the renowned violinist. Visit the museum to learn more about the man behind the music. 

In the vast Sala Paganiniana, the centerpiece of the exhibition in the Palazzo Doria Tursi, is the Guarneri del Gesù, a violin belonging to Paganini himself. Set eyes on a musical instrument crafted in 1743. It is still played by one carefully chosen musician every October, during the Paganiniana Festival. There are various other artifacts of Paganini’s on display too, including letters, musical scores and his chess set. 

Along with the Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Bianco, the Palazzo Doria Tursi is one of three palaces to make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Strada Nova. Lining the medieval streets, these Renaissance and Baroque buildings are home to excellent museums. Discover cultural treasures including remarkable Italian, Flemish and Spanish art displays, as well as collections of coins and official measures of the ancient Republic of Genoa. 

The Palazzo Doria Tursi is located along Via Garibaldi. Reach the palace on foot for the best experience. Wander through the medieval lanes and soak up the elegance of the neighboring palaces and the grand “vias.” The palace museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with longer summertime opening hours. Tickets include entrance to all three museums in the Strada Nova; EU citizens under the age of 18 can enter for free. There are English audio guides available. 


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