Palazzo Grimaldi della Meridiana in Genoa
A structure born in 1543 surprisingly elegant in which different architectures and styles harmoniously cohabit different frescoes and pictorial decorations of great value, a delightful open space, the central location in the most visited Historic area of Genoa, at the end of Via Garibaldi: here are the characteristics of Palazzo della Meridiana , a sixteenth century historical residence that has reopened its monumental settings for a few years after a long restoration.
The building is one of the earliest and most significant examples of Genoese architectural renewal, takes its name from the Solare clock designed on its façade, which also gives its name to the square below, just at the corner with the magnificent Via Garibaldi, formerly Strada Nuova .
Inserted between the Rolli, system of 42 Genoese palaces that became in the 2006 heritage of humanity Unesco, the building has been the object of a long and accurate from the 2006 conservative restoration carried out by the current property and presents, today, rooms specifically equipped for receptions, exhibitions, meetings, events, including the liberty environments designed by Gino Coppedè, and the grand hall with the frescoes by Luca Cambiaso.
The history of Palazzo Grimaldi della Meridiana
Palazzo della Meridiana was built by Gerolamo Grimaldi Oliva (1493-1557), Genoese banker between the 1541 and the 1545; the main entrance was uphill of St. Francis. Neither the route nor the Palazzi di Strada Nuova (today Via Garibaldi) did not exist.
Gerolamo Grimaldi left the palace to his son, Battista, who completed the interior decoration of the palace with interventions by the Bergamasco, of Luca Cambiaso, the Perolli, of Lazzaro Calvi and of Giò Batta Castello; in the same years the north façade was frescoed with "Fatiche d'Ercole" (Aurelio Busso). At that time the route of "Strada Nuova" was traced and the magnificent buildings that crown it began to be built.
Subsequently (1778 - 1786) was opened "Strada Nuovissima" (today via Cairoli): the Piazza (now Piazza della Meridiana) was created to connect with "Strada Nuova". The south façade of the palace was thus renovated to a design by Giacomo Brusco. The Piazza thus took the name of "Piazza della Meridiana" for the beautiful Meridiana which was built on the facade of Palazzo Grimaldi.
In the nineteenth century many property changes occurred, from Grimaldi of Geraci ai Cassan greenhouseor, ai Odera, To De Mari and ai Mongiardino. At the beginning of the '900 la Mackenzie family, he rented the Palace from the Mongiardino and commissioned the architect Gino Coppedè to adapt it to its offices. On this occasion, in addition to new buildings in the rear garden area, the inner courtyard was covered with a skylight liberty, they were renewed "Grotesque" of its vaults and intervened with the interior decoration in the staircase, in the atrium and in the Cambiaso hall.
During the First World War it was home to a military hospital.
Since the 50 years, the Palazzo has been used as offices of the City of Genoa, up to 2004.
The building was purchased in the 2004 by the company Palazzo Meridiana srl (Gruppo Viziano), which financed and edited the integral and philological restoration restoration, reopening these spectacular environments with a new, more modern logic, combining the museum aspect with the use for events and receptions, residency and commerce.
The first partial reopening of the building took place in the 2010 for the FAI days.
From July 2011 the Palace is also home to exhibitions: on the occasion of the 150 years of the unity of Italy, the section of the Liguria Region of the Venice Biennale.
In July 2006 the 42 Palazzi dei Rolli of Genoa - which includes Palazzo Grimaldi della Meridiana were declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Open to the public: every second Sunday of the month.
At any time of the year, for guided tours, by reservation only, visits can be made for groups: 4 € per person (rate valid for a group of at least 20 people) + 95 € guide cost. The companion does not pay. Schools: 3 € a schoolboy + 75 € guide cost. The companion does not pay.
Guided tours: included in the ticket price (in ITALIAN)
Additional guided tours: on reservation
tickets of admission for the visitors of Palazzo della Meridiana - whole: € 7,00
Entrance tickets for Palazzo della Meridiana visitors - reduced: € 5,00 (over 65, boys 10 - 17, university students, showing the booklet, disabled with a companion, military, official card, FAI members, with annual card)
Entrance tickets to Palazzo della Meridiana - free: for children up to 10 years; Carabinieri, State Police, Guardia di Finanza (with official card); ADSI Members (with annual card); Journalists (with card)
The building hosts 2011 art exhibitions since July.