The Palazzo Rosso sits nestled in the centre of the Via Garibaldi, a well know street within Genoa, famous for its many historically important palaces and galleries. Hard to miss due to its distinctly coloured red exterior, the gallery was designed by the architech Pietro Antonio Corradi and constructed between 1671 and 1677.
I was lucky enough to be able to visit The Palazzo Rosso just a few short weeks ago whilst on a walking tour of Genoa, an excursion from the MSC Preziosa. Genoa is an impressive city and a place I felt I would instantly like to explore more, alas time was at a premium. The Palazzo Rosso was as spectacular gallery as I have seen. Grand staircases give way to high muraled ceilings at their summit. In four seperate rooms were four different murals depiticing the four seasons, a most interesting concept even for a non art buff such as myself. Whilst I like art and art exhibits, I know little artistic history or influences, its my lack of knowledge in this field that probably explains why my residing memory of the Palazzo Rosso is not one of its works, but a view. A few I would have missed if it wasnt for the kindness of another journalist on the walking tour.
I cant even remember how I came to be in the tiny elevator that takes you to the roof of the Palazzo Rosso, but I can tell you we had to be accompanied by a guard. We passed up through the floors and past rooms left to dust and ruin, it was a sad sight, but one almost instantly forgotten upon reaching the roof.
So what can y0u see from the top of its roof? You can see Genoa, for miles …
If you ever get the chance to visit Genoa and the Palazzo Rosso, find that elevator and head for the roof. Its obvious why … or if its not obvious, use the scroll bar on the above to understand what I’m rattling on about.