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This article is about an Italian fishing village. For the engineer and architect, see Pier Luigi Nervi. For the ancient Belgic tribe, see Nervii.
Location of the province of Genoa

Nervi is a former fishing village[1] 12 miles Northwest of Portofino, now a seaside resort in Liguria, in northwest Italy. Once an independent comune, it is now a quartiere of Genoa. Nervi is 7 km east of central Genoa.


Located 25 meters above sea level, Nervi is a district of Genoa. At the beginning of the century, it's mentioned as being surrounded with groves of olives, oranges and lemons, and beautiful gardened villas. The climate is moist and less dusty than the Riviera di Ponente, the part of the Italian Riviera west of Genoa, and is especially in favor with those who suffer from lung complaints.


Nervi is home to four significant museums.

The Galleria d'Arte Moderna, in the former Villa Serra and the Raccolte Frugone, in the former Villa Grimaldi have paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Italian and other artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection also includes items related to the cultural history of Genoa and Liguria.[2][3]

The Wolfsoniana is a regional museum of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University of Florida International University in Miami, Florida. It contains items from the 19th and 20th centuries such as architectural drawings, graphics, posters, sketches and drawings, books and other publications, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and glass, ceramic, wrought iron, and silver objects.[4]

The Museo Giannettino Luxoro features collections of clocks and watches from the 18th and 19th centuries, ceramics, furniture, and fine clothing in a restored villa.[5]

Points of interest[edit]

Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi

The pride of Nervi is the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, a 2 km walkway along the ocean cliffs. The stunning views make it one of Italy's most beautiful promenades.[6]

The Parchi di Nervi is a park of about 22 acres (9 hectares) created from the gardens of the Villa Grimaldi, Villa Gropallo, and Villa Serra. It has typical Mediterranean plant species and many exotic species.[6] The former Villa Luxoro, now a museum, and Villa Gnecco, now a luxury hotel, also abut the Parchi. Nervi is these days a busy and quite up-market residential area that is almost entirely apartments, many of which are older style buildings from the 19th century that have been converted from large middleclass houses. There are many shops vying for business most of which sell good quality items especially the clothing and fashion outlets.


Captain Marco Fortezze of the Caribbean Princess, with Princess Cruises hails from Nervi.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Italy, 8th edition. Footscray, Victoria:Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd, 2008: 195. ISBN 978-1-74104-311-2
  2. ^ "Galleria D'Arte Moderna". Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Raccolte Frugone museum". Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "The Wolfson Collection". Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Museo Giannettino Luxoro". Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Touring Club Of Italy. Authentic Italian Riviera. Milano:Touring Club of Italy, 2008: 33. ISBN 978-88-3654-220-8
  7. ^ Princess Cruises, Log of the Cruise: Jan 2 to Jan 9, 2011, "7-Day Southern Caribbean Medley"

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Coordinates: 44°23′N 9°02′E / 44.383°N 9.033°E / 44.383; 9.033