Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, in Genoa’s residential neighborhood, Pegli, is the work of painter and decorator Michele Canzio (1787-1868). Canzio was described in a city guide from the first half of the 1800s as “a flourishing mind”, talented at “creating different theatrical scenes”. In fact, he also worked as set designer at the “Carlo Felice”, one of the most famous theaters in Italy.
The sections of the villa’s marvelous garden – built between 1840 and 1846 – were indeed designed as sets for a romantic melodrama in three acts, evolving around palm trees, holm oaks, laurels, and exotic plants, in a plot enriched by architectural details inspired by motifs drawn from the classic age and mythology (the temples of Flora and Diana), as well as from the Middle Ages and the Far East (the 1300s-style castle, the Chinese pagoda, and the Egyptian obelisk).
And let’s not forget that Canzio was commissioned Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini – which currently is also the Museum of Ligurian Archaeology – by Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini, nephew of marchioness Clelia Durazzo (1760-1830), a famous botanist and rare example of 18th-century woman of science, who was able to stand out amongst the scientists in her field (who at the time were all men, of course).
Venture on this wonderful stage, where you will share the spotlight with nature and art.