D'Albertis Castle, Genoa

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The Castello d'Albertis, or D'Albertis Castle is a historical residence in Genoa, north-western Italy. It was the home of sea captain Enrico Alberto d'Albertis, and was donated to the city of Genoa on his death in 1932. It currently houses the Museo delle Culture del Mondo (Museum of World Cultures), inaugurated in 2004.
D'Albertis designed the castle in the style of an architectural collage with a Gothic revival appearance inspired by palaces in Florence and castles of Aosta Valley. Erected between 1886 and 1892 under the supervision of Gothic Revivalist Alfredo D'Andrade, the castle is located on the site of a 13th-century fortified area, which had been reinforced in the 16th century. Alberto not only based his design on the city's foundation, he incorporated and preserved the foundations of the bastion and one of the turrets.
Inaugurated for the celebrations of 400 years of Columbus' discover of America, it was the first villa-castle built in Genoa.
From top of the hill of Monte Galletto (or Montegalletto), one of the hills in the district of Castelletto, the castle dominates Genoa with a view of the Ligurian Sea.
The museum includes ethnographic and archaeological findings collected by both Enrico and Luigi Maria d'Albertis during their trips to Africa, America (from Canada to Tierra del Fuego), New Guinea and Oceania. There is a large number of weapons from Sudan and the Zambesi area Chinese spears and European halberds. There are several exemplars of Canadian and American plains indigenous people, made in buffalo and deer leather and covered by porcupine thorns; also findings belonging to the Maya civilization from Honduras are present.
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  • Beautiful castle, well maintained. The rooms and their collections were overwhelming. We spent almost three hours there.  more »
  • Great museum and trip back into the late 1800's. The Captain was an incredible explorer and collected such a huge collection. Well-curated and presented, along with great panorama views of the city.  more »
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  • A relatively new castle that is turned into a gallery. Easily reachable by the funicular next to the Principe train station (an experience by itself as it is horizontally moving until it turns into elevator). The view from the castle is spectacular and definitely worth it. The exposition features artifacts from all over the world along with some modern art. There is an open air cafeteria.
  • The interiors here are a little odd and unfortunately only described in Italian (but I’m not going to judge on that given we were in Italy...!) but the views are phenomenal. Really good spot to see the whole city.

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