The Palazzo Ducale in Genoa was built in the 13th century. Originally intended as a residence for the Doge, it later had several other functions. At present, some of the palace’s halls serve as municipal offices. Another part of the Palazzo Ducale is used as an exhibition area.
Palazzo Ducale Genoa
Address, opening hours and admission
Address: Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 9, 16123 Genova. Telephone: +39 0108171600. Public transportation: Metro: De Ferrari(MM); Bus: 20, 35, 36, 606, 618, 635, 641, n1, n2 (De Ferrari/Metro). Opening Hours: Monday from 2:30pm to 7pm; Friday from 9am to 10pm; rest of the week from 9am to 7pm. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Admission: 13 Euro; students 14-26 years: 11 Euro; children 6-13 years: 4 Euro; children under 6: Free. Family: Adults 11 Euro, child between 6 and 13 years: 4 Euro.
History and Description
The Palazzo Ducale was built as early as the 13th century. At that time it was the residence of the Doge of Genoa. On the left side of the building parts of the original construction are still visible.
After being extensively renovated in the 16th century, the palace received a new neo-classical facade in the 19th century.
In 1992, when it was celebrated that local hero Cristoforo Colombo had discovered America five hundred years earlier, the entire complex was restored once again. The architect in charge of this renovation was Giovanni Spalla.
Over the centuries the palace performed several functions. Among other things, it served for a long time as a courthouse. At present, it houses municipal offices and exhibition halls.
The Palazzo Ducale has two courtyards.