Palazzo Reale (Genoa)

The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) or Palazzo Stefano Balbi is a major palace in Genoa.

Royal Palace of Genoa
Palazzo Reale di Genova
View of the Palace
Former namesPalazzo Stefano Balbi
General information
Statusnow used as a museum, National Gallery
LocationGenoa, Italy
AddressVia Balbi, 10
Coordinates44.414861°N 8.926194°E / 44.414861; 8.926194
Construction started1618
ClientBalbi family, Durazzo family, House of Savoy
Official namePalazzo Reale di Genova - Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli
Criteriaii, iv
Designated2006 (30th session)
Reference no.1211
State PartyItaly


Construction of the present structure began in 1618 for the Balbi family. From 1643-1655, work renewed under the direction of the architects Pier Francesco Cantone and Michele Moncino. In 1677, the palace was sold to the Durazzo Family, who enlarged the palace under the designs of Carlo Fontana.

In 1823, the palace was sold to the Royal House of Savoy. From 1919, the palace has belonged to the state.


The palace contains much original furniture and decoration. Frescoes inside include the Glory of the Balbi Family by Valerio Castello and Andrea Sghizzi, Spring changing slowly to Winter by Angelo Michele Colonna and Agostino Mitelli, and Jove establishes Justice on the Earth by Giovanni Battista Carlone. It also contains canvases by Bernardo Strozzi, il Grechetto, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Domenico Fiasella as well as Bassano, Tintoretto, Luca Giordano, Anthony van Dyck, Ferdinand Voet, and Guercino. It contains statuary by Filippo Parodi.

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