Rolli Out The History – Culture Vulture Call To Genoa
It happens just twice a year but, next month, culture vultures have a rare opportunity to visit some of the most spectacular ‘palaces’ in Italy, with the advent of Genoa’s ‘Rolli Days’ from May 3-5. And you can fly there out of Manchester Airport.
This is one of the times in the annual Genoa calendar that the doors of the palaces of the Genoese aristocracy (Palazzi dei Rolli) formally open, revealing what Rubens called "an example of beauty and magnificence for the whole of Europe".
In 1576, the Senate of the Republic of Genoa created lists, called the ‘Rolls of public housing’, which included the main noble palaces of the city. And, since 2006, these grand palaces have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites only opening to the public twice a year.
Visitors can discover the fascinating architecture, splendid frescoes, important paintings, decor of the period and be transported to the glories of the Genoese ‘Century of Gold.’
Yorkshire Times Travel Editor, Phil Hopkins, who visited Genoa last year, said:
“Genoa is a truly amazing city. It is like something straight out of the fifteenth or sixteen century with narrow streets and a sense of overbearing intrigue!
“I visited a couple of the Rolli palaces and they are a truly magnificent sight to behold. This journey is an absolute must for those folk who love heritage houses like Chatsworth, Temple Newsam or any National Trust / English Heritage property.”
Between May 3 and 5 splendid palaces located throughout the entire historic centre of Genoa will open to the public alongside some of the magnificent ‘country’ villas that in today’s terms lie just outside the immediate city centre.
During the ‘Rolli Days 2019’, it will be possible to visit the Abbey “del Boschetto” located to the west of the city centre by the Val Polcevera river, where a long and extensive restoration has just been completed.
Many Genoese aristocratic families contributed to its re-decoration, including the Grimaldi, Spinola, Doria and Lercari families. Visits to the Abbey can be booked to take place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th. A free shuttle service will be available departing from Piazza Fontane Marose in the centre of town and a detailed schedule will be soon available online.
On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May, the Certosa di San Bartolomeo di Rivarolo Carthusian monastic complex, built in 1297 and renovated in the sixteenth century, will showcase high profile works of art owned by the city’s families.
To experience the Palazzi dei Rolli at their best, guided tours will be available, led by certified guides and can be booked online at www.visitgenoa.it
In addition two guided tours of the city by e-bike are available. The fun and sustainable tours are free for participants and can be booked online where details will soon be available.
Over the course of the weekend, many other significant buildings will be open to visitors, including the Villa Del Principe, San Luca Church and the Banca Carige Art Collections. A number of Villa’s will also be open to the public in Sampierdarena and Cornigliano.
For more information on 2019’s Rolli Days program, events and timetables please visit www.visitgenoa.it
Rolli Out The History – Culture Vulture Call To Genoa, 17th April 2019, 10:00 AM