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Palazzo Doria Pamphili, Genoa

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This palazzo, one of the most magnificent in the entire city, was built for Andrea Doria in the 16th century; interestingly, his descendants have recently taken up residency once more. It was built outside the city walls as an autonomous estate, endowed with its own private port, and a vast terraced garden spreading behind it. The palazzo was conceived as a celebration of the greatness of Andrea himself and Carlo V of Spain, with whom the admiral had close ties. Thanks to the artwork of Perin del Vaga, a painter of Roman extraction, and to the sculptures of T. Carlone and G. A. Montorsoli, this residence-museum, which still retains its original furnishings and paintings as selected by Doria and his heir, Giovanni Andrea, this palazzo represents one of the greatest achievements of 16th century architecture in Genova. It is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Not to be missed are the entirely frescoed Gallery of the Heroes, the Room of the Giants with its splendid fireplace, the Zodiac Room and above all the Gallery, where the rich tapestries depicting the Battle of Lepanto (1571) hang, commissioned by Giovanni Andrea from the Brussels school, based on cartoons prepared by L. Cambiaso and L. Calvi.