Although not usually open to the public, this is about to change when over the weekend of the 18th to 20th September an especial 'Rolli' event is taking place.   

The palaces will be open to the public.  Below shows a few examples: 

The Palazzo Nicola Grimaldi

The Palazzo Nicola Grimaldi is a beautiful private property usually closed to the public.  It was built in 1320 and was home to aristocratic families passing through Genoa.  Many of its original features remain including parts of the cornice and portico. Also opening to the public for the first time is Villa Pallavicino ‘delle Peschiere’. Founded in 1556, Villa Pallavicino is one of the better preserved examples of Genoese villas.

Other must visit Rolli palaces include Palazzo Giacomo Lomellini Patrone, which has an intriguing history.  It was first built by the Lomellini family in 1619, who ruled Genoa from 1625-1627.  Its purpose was as an aristocratic home and this changed when it became a fascist headquarters from 1928 to 1943.  This particular palace is now the headquarters of an Italian Army division.

Interestingly, Genoa was once Italy's most powerful republic.  Today the 42 palaces, which are all located in Genoa's Old Town, have UNESCO World Heritage status due to their historical, economic and aesthetic significance.

Accommodation and travel

A 3-nights stay at the 5-star Melia Genova with British Airways costs from £207 per person. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Genoa and accommodation 

For further details on the Rolli weekend and other exciting events and accommodation in Genoa, take a look at: