Villa Durazzo Pallavicini

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, Genoa: Hours, Address, Villa Durazzo Pallavicini Reviews: 4.5/5

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Discover the wonder inside you in the spectacular esoteric park of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini! The Pallavicini Park of Pegli was built between 1840 and 1846. Designed by architect Michele Canzio, at the behest of Marquis Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini, it is an outstanding example of an Italian and European romantic historical garden. A unique aspect of this garden spread over 8 hectares of hills is its theatrical structure featuring esoteric and Masonic nuances and making every visit a historical, cultural and botanical experience steeped in meditation, philosophy and panoramic scenes. A walk through the park offers views abounding with lakes, streams, waterfalls, garden buildings and furnishings, rare plants, the most ancient collection of camellias, glimpses of views and ‘scenic tricks’ capable of seizing the external scenery and of almost endlessly stretching the borders of this “magical” place. Services: bistro, special guided visits, audio guides in 6 languages
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Pegli
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257 reviews
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Tczew, Poland401 contributions
simply paradise - my best place on Earth
Aug 2021
Not knowing much about this place, I expected this visit to be about half an hour. In fact it took 3 hours and till today I don't feel satisfied and I know I HAVE TO come back to Genova to finish my visit as I haven't been to every place this amazing garden has to offer. I was delighted and amazed, I was speechless. It makes you feel like in a fairy tale with so many surprises awaiting you around every corner. The species of plants, ponds, caves, paths, boats and many other stunning things make this place one of my best places on Earth. Simply a must. And right next to the railway station. Thank God such places do exist!
Written 12 September 2021
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Amsterdam39 contributions
A little piece of heaven just outside Genoa
Sep 2019
We took a train from Genova Principe to Pegli (€1,30) and from there, it's a 2-minute walk to the garden. The lane to the start of the garden reminded me of Pompeii, a wobbly cobbled strip that wasn't designed for thin-soled shoes. The garden itself was just breathtaking and we could well imagine what it must have been like to take a stroll there in the 19th century. Beautiful views and the route takes you from one theme to another. We went back to Genoa by Navebus, but regretted it, because of the nauseating diesel fumes. There are some beach areas close by (a welcome change from the container ships in Genoa). We'd love to return once the grotto is restored.
Written 3 October 2019
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Leon M
Biloxi, MS68 contributions
I would consider this one of the must-do's in Genoa
May 2019 • Couples
First, it gives you a reason to ride the Navebus from Genoa to Pegli. If you want to get there faster and cheaper you can take the train, but the ride itself is worth the time and money. (We took the train back; from the station literally right next door to the ticket office for the park.) But then you'll also miss the short walk (with decent signage to the gardens/museum) through town and the chance to buy nice pastries from any of several shops along the way.

Second, the gardens were put together with a lot of love and thought; that is worth experiencing in itself. As someone else suggested, it probably presents different faces in different seasons; in mid-May was quite nice. We did not buy an audiotour, being happy with what we saw using the (minimal) signage and map guide. If you're a serious horticulturalist, you'll probably want more.

Third, the staff were very friendly and helpful. It's been noted that there is quite a hike from the ticket office to the museum building from which you start your walk through the gardens. One of the caretakers offered us a ride to the museum in his golf cart, and gave us the number to call to be taken back when we were done. Definitely worth asking about if nobody offers it first. Nobody asked for a tip, but it seemed appropriate and was certainly worth one.

I can't say much about the museum except that it was small and not particularly memorable (possibly due to me feeling the effects of walking; I'm not big on that at home). If time is limited, I would skip it and spend more time in nature.

(I am not a picture person, so I ask my wife to take pictures when I see something amusing -- such as a car with a parking ticket near one of the pieces of metal-work wall art in Georgetown, Penang, or laundry hanging from the buildings next to the battlements of Duvbrovnik -- reminders that life is going on all around us as we tour. My favorite picture from the gardens was of the multi-lane highway below us at one point that the trees did not screen out (quickly gone from view though the car noise continued). Against this was a small grotto, very near the end of the walk back to the museum, where the only sound was of water running from a little course that had followed us down the hill. Utter tranquility.
Written 1 August 2019
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Maj-Britt M
89 contributions
Beautiful garden, hard to reach 🙂
It's worth making your way to this garden outside Genova. From the centre you can take several busses or the train.
Be aware that to get to the garden from the ticket office you'll have to walk a long, steep and uneven path. Not recommended for those with bad legs or backs.
The garden is in several levels so you'll walk up in the beginning and down towards the exit.
But the beauty of it makes it worth the effort.
Halfway you'll find restrooms and a water tap.
Written 24 June 2019
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KarenannThe Barefoot Traveler
Auburn, CA131 contributions
Beautiful stunning,old history, mummys& museum. Can do on your own
May 2019 • Family
We arrived on a misty day by city bus that cost .60E. Dropped us off and showed us the entrance.busses run every 20 min. to the cruise ship and town.easy to catch a bus back. You pass many good & drink places so it's a good idea to pack a lunch wine and water for u will love the histor y, castles, hidden hedge mazes caves and the unreal gardens. We were there when no one was. We were greeted at the museum which is to the right of the gates. by a golf cart that took us up to the castle on the top of the hillside. Be sure to check out the visitors center. It's worth the extra time there is so much to take in of this incredible collection that the Captian kept for the King and Queen of Genova*Do some testify online to get familiar w the place and reserve a audio The cost was $8 each but douse offer discounts and free days
Written 10 June 2019
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Chris A
Manchester, UK175 contributions
Enchanting gardens but wear good walking shoes
Aug 2018 • Couples
A beautiful sculpted park for sure, with various diversions and interesting sights along the way. Wonderful landscape and foliage. The attractions are almost like a series of art installations and the whole thing appears like a fantastic intervention; things seem to be natural but are carefully crafted. If, like us, you visit Pegli from Genoa on the 2.15 Navebus service (8 euros round trip), you will have limited time as the return boat leaves at 6. Best not to bother with the museum - just do the gardens, which are 10 euros. Well worth it. Bring plenty of water and wear comfy shoes; part of the route involves stony ground and there is a lot of uphill walking, and it helps to be fairly fit. There are also steps involved. I'd also recommend leaving plenty of time for the final part of the (long) walk, as the last section is quite involved with lots of really absorbing features and having time to enjoy them will make it more pleasurable.
Written 1 August 2018
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands57 contributions
Think before you start a visit
May 2018 • Couples
We came to these famous gardens on a hot May day and were disappointed to find that a half mile of very uncomfortable walking over a very cobbly road is required before you even enter. The 'gardens' are more like a narrow strip of wood laid out against a steep hillside. Yes, there are nice views of the sea from higher up, and some pretty and interesting buildings, little lakes, a waterfall here and there. But don't expect many flowers, and do be prepared to walk and walk. The Autostrada Genova-Ventimiglia runs right under the park, so quiet it ain't. Also, the signposting is pretty confusing as the numbers in the audio tour don't match those of the sites.
Written 7 June 2018
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Whitby, UK109 contributions
A garden of delight
May 2018 • Couples
This is a great experience and one not spoilt by the crowds of tourists at other places along the coast. It is easy to get to with the entrance close to Genova Pelgli station. The route through the garden takes you on a personal journey. There are many rare trees and interesting water features. Buildings such as the castle are gradually revealed along the twisting paths. Eventually one arrives at a lovely lake surrounded by classical buildings. All is well maintained, and there has clearly been a lot of restoration of the buildings and landscape in recent years.
Written 25 May 2018
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Legnano, Italy104 contributions
Garden for Dreamers
May 2018 • Couples
People that enter this beautiful garden near Genova (very easy to get here by train) are invited to a particular and emotional journey. Like in italian opera, we are lead by nature into different moments, landscapes and feelings. The garden itself is nice and well maintained but not as big or rich as other italian parks; it is special though because it suggests, visually and also physically, a sort of ascension towards blessing and catharsis.
It's better to book a guided tour in order to better understand the project and meanings of every piece of the park.
Written 18 May 2018
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Patricia G
Norwich, UK18 contributions
A poetic, fragrant and genuinely romantic journey.
Apr 2017 • Solo
This garden is not just a garden: it is literally a poetic journey. You will go through the rough forest, through an avenue with classic inspired buildings and lovely fountains, that will suddenly change into a hut in the alps. You can imagine a medieval story of a war between two feuds. You will go down to Dante's hell and rebirth in Diana's Eden. It is fantasy, introspection, and natural beauty. For someone so passionate about XIX century art as I am, this place is a must.

Take your time, go alone, maybe take some appropriated music with you for isolating yourself from the noise of the motorway. Definitely read the signs (Italian and English) that show you the meaning behind the buildings and the changes in vegetations that you will see, according the design of the architect.

The garden is not showing all its XIX century esplendor, but it is close to it. They have to look more after the last part (the water games), and a fire seems to have destroyed part of the forest at the top of the hill. The day they open the "grotta" or caves I will give them the highest rating (and I will travel back to Genoa specifically to visit it).

CAUTIONS: the entrance is right next to the train station (there are no other entrances). Take good shoes for the long walk.
Written 2 April 2017
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