The Golden Gallery of Genoa, a room bathed in a sea of precious metal. It has to be seen to be believed, seriously, its incredible! A grand oblong room, centred around a giant mirrored table which reflects the expensive shine from the 24 carrot chairs, chandeliers, mirror frames, door handles, fittings and sculptures. With some much precious metal its easy to (almost) miss the beautiful frescos also housed within the Au Gallery. Like the gold the fresco’s grace almost every surface of the gallery.
In case you didn’t get that last bit I was trying to be clever – Au is the chemical symbol for gold. Won’t happen again, promise.
The Golden Gallery can be found within the Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino. The decoration of the Golden Gallery (also known as the Golden Room) was down to the Carrega family, after Giacomo Filippo Carrega purchased the building in 1704. They commissioned the renovation of the ‘new’ wing which houses the Golden Gallery. They entrusted Lorenzo De Ferrari, a native painter of Genoa in the Baroque period, to work his magic on the gallery somewhere between 1727 and 1746 … he did not disappoint.
That’s some meeting room hey? Definitely no elbows on the table here. In fact I was scared to touch anything upon my visit to the Golden Gallery. I was only in there a minute or two, but naturally it led me to singing some choice songs for the remainder of the day. I don’t think I’ve ever been into a room so grand before.
The Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino itself, built between 1558 and 1561, sits along Genoa’s famous Via Garibaldi. A street famous for its grand palaces and galleries of significant historical importance – such as the Palazzo Rosso. So important in fact that it in 2006 the street was inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nowadays the building houses the Chamber of Commerce.