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Villa del Principe in Genoa

The largest and most sumptuous noble residence of the city of Genoa, the Villa of the only Prince that Genoa has ever had. It was the 1529 when Andrea Doria, a valiant admiral and legendary man of arms, started the work that would have led to the construction of this marvelous palace overlooking the Gulf of Genoa.

This would become the place of peace upon returning from his innumerable journeys and the chosen dwelling for his successors: the Doria Pamphilj family. Here, during his official visits, the emperor would be hosted Charles V, the same from which Andrea Doria had managed to obtain the independence of Genoa from the empire, becoming in fact the lord of the city.

In this villa, together with the bride Peretta Usodimare, Andrea Doria gave life to a large Renaissance court, which included artists such as the magnificent Perino del Vaga, who took care of the decoration and furnishings of most of the rooms. The Villa was then enlarged by Andrea's successor, Giovanni Andrea I Doria, with which it reached its maximum splendor.

Today Villa del Principe is a museum full of hidden treasures. To relive its splendor, just walk through its rooms, marveling in front of its splendid frescoes and incredible tapestries.

The history of Villa del Principe

The Villa del Principe was built between the 1527 and the 1533 from Andrea Doria, admiral of the fleet of Charles V. Orphaned at the tender age of both parents, Andrea began a brilliant career as a soldier of fortune in the service of the Pope, Giovanni della Rovere and Francis I, the kings of France, until it came to the alliance with the Spanish emperor in the summer of 1528.

At the height of his power, and after having guaranteed advantageous conditions in Genoa, the naval leader undertook the construction of the mansion for his "honesto otio", as an inscription on the north facade of the Palace recites.

Andrea Doria called the Florentine artist from Rome Pietro Buonaccorsi, Perin del Vaga, eclectic student of Raffaello, which took care of the design and construction of the first fully Renaissance Genoese residence.

The artist was inspired by the model of the Hellenistic-Roman porticoed villa: a long monumental portico juts out towards the splendid Italian garden and towards the sea shore, where the galleys of the Doria fleet stood in front of the residence.

For the noble floor, Per