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Let’s discover Villa Durazzo Pallavicini and its enchanting Park

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Villa Durazzo Pallavicini is a historic aristocratic residence located in the Pegli district, in the western part of Genoa.

The villa was built in the 17th century as the holiday palace of Giovanni Battista Grimaldi, doge of the Republic of Genoa from 1752 to 1754.

In the mid-19th century, in line with the philosophy of the time and the historical context of urban renewal in Pegli, the villa was renovated in neoclassical and romantic style.

Around the same time, the marvellous Park, now considered one of the largest historical gardens in Europe, was created.

Since 1928, the Villa has been owned by the municipality of Genoa and houses the Museum of Ligurian Archaeology.

We visited the Villa Durazzo Pallavicini Park on the occasion of the striking camellia blossoming and in this article you can find some useful information to organise your visit.

How to get there

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini is located in Pegli, about 100 metres from the seafront.

Car

The nearest motorway exit (less than 1 kilometre from the Park) is Genova-Pegli.

You can look for parking in the vicinity of the railway station (a few free spaces) or at Molo Archetti on the seafront (for a fee).

Train

The Genoa Pegli railway station is located right next to the ticket office of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini.

Navebus

For those arriving from Genoa, it may be useful to know that the Navebus leaves from the Porto Antico and arrives in Pegli in 1h10 minutes.

The ticket costs €2.00 for the Genoese and €5.00 for tourists.

In the event of unfavourable weather, the service is suspended.

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Panorama of Pegli

What to see at Villa Durazzo Pallavicini

To access Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, you must enter from the ticket office (I recommend taking the free map, very useful for orientation) and walk up the tree-lined avenue.

At the end of the ascent, you will find on the right a flight of stairs leading to the Villa and the Park.

Declared “Most Beautiful Park in Italy” in 2017, the Park of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini was built as a scenographic-theatrical route in 3 acts.

The tour winds its way through 24 attractions, each one more surprising than the last.

Through the different scenes articulated in Prologue and Antecedent, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Act, and Exodus, one is immersed in the theatrical tale in which the protagonists arewater, in the form of lakes and small waterfalls, plants, and the architecture of times gone by.

The buildings along the route, depending on the story, follow the neoclassical, neo-Gothic, Chinese, Turkish, and Egyptian styles.

Some huts can even be found.

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Villa Durazzo Pallavicini
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Succulent Plants
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Captain’s Castle
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Huts

The caves (which can only be visited at weekends) are artificial but made of stalactites and stalagmites from real karst caves in Liguria.

I don’t know much about theatre, but I felt involved in the story, which, in my opinion, was a crescendo (the plants, the castle, the caves) until it ended in beauty with the evocative Temple of Diana.

Truly wonderful, difficult to describe in words.

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Caves of the underworld
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Temple of Diana
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Chinese Bridge
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Flora Gardens

Blooming Camellias

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white camelia

Strolling through the park means immersing yourself in the colours and scents of the Mediterranean maquis (holm oaks, laurels, strawberry trees) but also of exotic and allochthonous plants (palms, Cedar of Lebanon, Camphor plant) that, at the time of the Marquis Pallavicini, were true rarities.

If you go in spring then, you can admire the flowering of the Camellia Japonica in the famous Viale delle Camelie, which is considered the largest and oldest camellia grove in Italy.

Opening hours of the Villa Durazzo Pallavicini Park: dates 2024

The Park opens its doors to visitors on 01 March 2024 and closes on 31 October 2024.

Visiting hours are as follows:

  • 01 March-30 March: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last admission 4:00 p.m.), Tuesday to Sunday.
  • 31 March-29 September: 9: 30 a.m.-7 p.m. (last admission 5 p.m.), Tuesday to Sunday. Weekends and holidays from 10:00 a.m.
  • 01 October-26 October: 9: 30am-6pm (last admission 4pm), Tuesday to Sunday.
  • 27October-31October: 9:30am-5pm (last admission 3pm).

How to visit the Park

The Park can be visited independently, by purchasing the entrance ticket, or through guided tours lasting 2 hours, 2h30 and 3 hours.

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How much does the entrance to Villa Durazzo Pallavicini cost

The entrance ticket to the Villa Durazzo Pallavicini Park has a different price depending on whether you visit during the week or at the weekend (in the latter case it also includes entrance to the Sala Verde, the Castello del Capitano and the Grotte degli inferi).

Weekend and holiday tickets

  • 13.00€ full price
  • 11,00€ for children 13-18 years, residents, over 65, disabled, ICOM members, groups of at least 25 people
  • 7,00€ for children 6-12 years, schools, APS Amici Villa Durazzo Pallavicini members.

There is a family package (2 adults 1 young person 6-18 years old) at the price of 32,00 € and a cumulative ticket (park museum) at the price of 16,00€.

Those who wish to return several times can purchase a season ticket for 44.00€.

Weekday tickets

  • 11.00€ full price
  • 9,00€ children 13-18 years, residents, over 65, disabled, ICOM members, groups of at least 25 people
  • 7,00€ concessions for children 6-12 years, schools, APS Amici Villa Durazzo Pallavicini members
  • 26,00€ the family package
  • 13 ,00€ the combined ticket (park museum)
  • 44,00€ the season ticket.

Children up to 5 years of age, journalists, tour guides, and accompanying persons of disabled visitors areadmitted free of charge.

The ticket can be purchased at the ticket office or online on the official website by adding a €1.00 presale fee (Monday to Saturday only).

It may be useful to know that it is not possible to purchase the ticket online on the same day of the visit.

How long does it take to visit Villa Pallavicini?

For the complete visit, count from 2 to 3 hours.

Sneakers or a comfortable pair of shoes are recommended.

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The Crocodile

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini Genoa: other info

Visitors with motor disabilities can access the park using the lift inside the Museum of Archaeology.

We recommend booking at [email protected]

Dogs are not allowed.

You can book a dog sitting service at least 24 hours in advance at the following link: bauadvisor.it

Picnics are not allowed in the park.

For a bite to eat, there is a café right at the start (only open at weekends) and a grooming service (there is also another one halfway along the route).

Tips for visiting with children

Tour inside the park’s almost 9 hectares is just under 3 kilometres long.

The use of a pushchair is not recommended because of the stairs and the unpaved path.

The ideal, if the child is not very small, is a baby backpack, otherwise a baby carrier.

In my opinion, the route is suitable for children of at least two and a half to three years old who are used to walking, as the path climbs and then descends, and there are no flat sections.

There is certainly no lack of attractions for the little ones in the park.

My daughters, for example, had great fun crossing the bridges, admiring the play of light in the stained glass windows, and hiding inside the caves.

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Stained-glass windows in the Captain’s Castle

I would like to remind you, however, that the Villa Durazzo Pallavicino Park is a place where one can walk in peace and quiet and that one must therefore take care that children do not disturb other visitors.

Bicycles, scooters and balls are not allowed in the park.

Conclusions

When I think of the Villa Durazzo Pallavicini Park, I think of a magical, evocative, fascinating, elegant place.

Enchanting in any season of the year, certainly the Park is at its best during the spring season with the colourful blooming of the camellias.

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