Via Giuseppe Garibaldi (Genoa)

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Via Giuseppe Garibaldi
Strada Maggiore o Strada Nuova
View of Palazzo Rosso, one of the palaces of Via Garibaldi
Alternative nameVia Aurea, Via Garibaldi
LocationGenoa, Italy
CoordinatesCoordinates: 44°24′40″N 8°55′58″E / 44.41111°N 8.93278°E / 44.41111; 8.93278
Official namePalazzi dei Rolli and Strade Nuove del Centro Storico

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is a street in the historical centre of Genoa, in Northwestern Italy, well known for its ancient palaces. It is one of the Strade Nuove (Italian for "new streets") built by the Genoese aristocracy during the Renaissance. Since July 2006 it is inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site Genoa: the Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli.[1]


The street, sanctioned in 1550, was built in 1558–1583. Originally named Strada Maggiore or Strada Nuova, in 1882 it was dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi. The street is 250 metres long and 7.5 metres wide.

Between the first half of the 16th century and the first half of the 17th century, the nobility of the Republic of Genoa started a careful town planning to transform the existing medieval city and initiate a sizeable urban expansion to the North. The move to expand the antique palaces and to build new sumptuous ones was driven by the extraordinary wealth that came into the city through prosperous financing activities towards several European powers. In particular, the Genoese aristocracy financed the expensive undertakings of the Spanish Crown, such as the mercenary army that Spain kept in Flanders from 1566 to the peace of Westphalia in 1648. The ruling class of Genoa, mixing nobility of blood with new mercantile wealth, sought to underpin their prestige by the construction of grand city palaces and suburban villas of unusual splendor.[2]

Palaces listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site[edit]

No. on the UNESCO list Original Owner Location Current name of the Palace Photo
8 Agostino Pallavicini Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1, Genoa Palazzo Cambiaso Pallavicini PalazzoPallaviciniCambiaso.jpg
9 Pantaleo Spinola Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 2, Genoa Palazzo Spinola Gambaro PalazzoPantaleoSpinola.jpg
10 Franco Lercari Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 3, Genoa Palazzo Lercari-Parodi PalazzoLercariParodi.jpg
11 Tobia Pallavicini Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 4, Genoa Palazzo Carrega-Cataldi Genova-DSCF7473.JPG
12 Angelo Giovanni Spinola Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 5, Genoa Palazzo Angelo Giovanni Spinola PalazzoAngeloGiovanniSpinola.jpg
13 Andrea and Gio. Battista Spinola Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 6, Genoa Palazzo Doria (Genoa) Palazzo Doria Andrea Gio Batta Spinola Genova via Garibaldi.png
14 Nicolosio Lomellino Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 7, Genoa Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino Palazzo nicolosio lomellini, ext. 01.JPG
15 Lazzaro and Giacomo Spinola Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 8-10, Genoa Palazzo Cattaneo-Adorno PalazzoCattaneoAdorno.jpg
16 Nicolò Grimaldi Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 9, Genoa Palazzo Doria Tursi (City Hall) Il Palazzo Doria- Tursi splendente.JPG
17 Baldassarre Lomellini via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 12, Genoa Palazzo Campanella o di Baldassarre Lomellini Genova-DSCF7470.JPG
18 Luca Grimaldi Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 11, Genoa Palazzo Bianco Palazzo Doria Tursi (Genova) 3.jpg
19 Rodolfo and Francesco Brignole Sale via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 18, Genoa Palazzo Rosso (Genoa) Palazzo Rosso.jpg

In literature[edit]

Charles Dickens gave a suggestive description of Strada Nuova in his travelogue Pictures from Italy.[3]

...When shall I forget the Streets of Palaces: the Strada Nuova and the Strada Balbi! or how the former looked one summer day, when I first saw it underneath the brightest and most intensely blue of summer skies: which its narrow perspective of immense mansions, reduced to a tapering and most precious strip of brightness, looking down upon the heavy shade below! The endless details of these rich Palaces: the walls of some of them, within, alive with masterpieces by Vandyke! The great, heavy, stone balconies, one above another, and tier over tier: with here and there, one larger than the rest, towering high up—a huge marble platform; the doorless vestibules, massively barred lower windows, immense public staircases, thick marble pillars, strong dungeon-like arches, and dreary, dreaming, echoing vaulted chambers: among which the eye wanders again, and again, and again, as every palace is succeeded by another- the terrace gardens between house and house, with green arches of the vine, and groves of orange-trees, and blushing oleander in full bloom, twenty, thirty, forty feet above the street—the painted halls, mouldering, and blotting, and rotting in the damp corners, and still shining out in beautiful colours and voluptuous designs...


See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Italian) Genova: le Strade Nuove e il Sistema dei Palazzi dei Rolli – World Heritage Site Archived 25 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Le Strade Nuove. Genova: SAGEP Editrice. 1986. p. 5.
  3. ^ Charles Dickens – Complete works of Charles Dickens, Biography, Quotes


  • Fiorella Caraceni (1992), Una strada rinascimentale: via Garibaldi a Genova, Genova, SAGEP
  • Giorgio Doria (1995), Nobiltà e investimenti a Genova in Età moderna, Genova
  • Gioconda Pomella (2007), Guida Completa ai Palazzi dei Rolli Genova, Genova, De Ferrari Editore(ISBN 9788871728155)
  • Mauro Quercioli (2008), I Palazzi dei Rolli di Genova, Roma, Libreria dello Stato (ISBN 9788824011433)
  • Fiorella Caraceni Poleggi (2001), Palazzi Antichi e Moderni di Genova raccolti e disegnati da Pietro Paolo Rubens (1652), Genova, Tormena Editore (ISBN 9788884801302)
  • Mario Labò (2003), I palazzi di Genova di P.P. Rubens, Genova, Nuova Editrice Genovese

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