Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Genoa

Palace in Genova

Palazzo Ducale Genoa
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The roots of the original structure can be traced back to 1291, when the Spinola and Doria families undertook its construction. However, it wasn’t until 1339, under the leadership of Simon Boccanegra, the inaugural Doge of Genoa, that it earned the title of Palazzo Ducale and embarked on a phase of extensive expansion in various directions.

Visitors now have the opportunity to explore a segment of the palace that once functioned as a prison, including the Grimaldina tower from the late 13th century. The year 1591 marked a pivotal point when the palace was enclosed on all four sides, featuring the internal courtyards and porticos that grace the structure today.

Ascending the central staircase leads to the grand neoclassical chambers of Maggior and Minor Consiglio. These awe-inspiring rooms served as the backdrop for significant events, including the G8 meeting of 2001. The facade overlooking Piazza Matteotti underwent a redesign by Simone Cantoni in the aftermath of a fire in 1777. Notably, the ornate side facing Piazza De Ferrari was a later addition, arising alongside the construction of the piazza itself in the 19th century.

In contemporary times, this significant center of authority has transformed into a hub for various activities. It accommodates exhibitions, archives, meetings, and a range of events. Alongside these offerings, visitors can enjoy bars and restaurants, access the ticket office and bookshop, and even partake in a monthly antique market.

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Visiting Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Genoa


Visits to the tower and prison 10:00 – 13:00, 15:00 – 18:00. Mon closed.


Tower and prison €5

Address: Doge's Palace, Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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