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D'Albertis Castle, Genoa

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The Castello d'Albertis, or D'Albertis Castle is a historical residence in Genoa, north-western Italy. It was the home of sea captain Enrico Alberto d'Albertis, and was donated to the city of Genoa on his death in 1932. It currently houses the Museo delle Culture del Mondo (Museum of World Cultures), inaugurated in 2004.
D'Albertis designed the castle in the style of an architectural collage with a Gothic revival appearance inspired by palaces in Florence and castles of Aosta Valley. Erected between 1886 and 1892 under the supervision of Gothic Revivalist Alfredo D'Andrade, the castle is located on the site of a 13th-century fortified area, which had been reinforced in the 16th century. Alberto not only based his design on the city's foundation, he incorporated and preserved the foundations of the bastion and one of the turrets.
Inaugurated for the celebrations of 400 years of Columbus' discover of America, it was the first villa-castle built in Genoa.
From top of the hill of Monte Galletto (or Montegalletto), one of the hills in the district of Castelletto, the castle dominates Genoa with a view of the Ligurian Sea.
The museum includes ethnographic and archaeological findings collected by both Enrico and Luigi Maria d'Albertis during their trips to Africa, America (from Canada to Tierra del Fuego), New Guinea and Oceania. There is a large number of weapons from Sudan and the Zambesi area Chinese spears and European halberds. There are several exemplars of Canadian and American plains indigenous people, made in buffalo and deer leather and covered by porcupine thorns; also findings belonging to the Maya civilization from Honduras are present. Work out when and for how long to visit D'Albertis Castle and other Genoa attractions using our handy Genoa trip itinerary tool.
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  • Go and see what one man and a passion for collecting can make into a fabulous exhibition. As you wander around, each room has a theme for a part of the world. Go out onto the terrace and take in the.....  more
    Go and see what one man and a passion for collecting can make into a fabulous exhibition. As you wander around, each room has a theme for a part of the world. Go out onto the terrace and take in the.....  more »
  • You often see one of these in bigger cities - a sort of hybrid conglomeration of buildings added to each other, newer and older and stuffed with things to make a museum. In this case it's a... 
    You often see one of these in bigger cities - a sort of hybrid conglomeration of buildings added to each other, newer and older and stuffed with things to make a museum. In this case it's a...  more »
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  • Beautiful from the outside and the park around it is very nice with a perfect view of the Harbour. Tickets for the museum are only 6 euros but honestly, it's still too expensive for what you get. I think that maybe if you have kids its worth it but otherwise I'd recommend just walking around the castle and enjoying the view
  • Very nice castle from the outside that we can see for free. No time to visit the castle from inside (not free I think). There is a bar/coffee to have a rest with nice view on the castle.

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