A new 4-star design hotel, the Palazzo Grillo, has opened in the heart of Genoa’s medieval centre. Located in one of the city’s Rolli Palaces, the hotel has been listed as a UNESCO heritage site since 2006.

Built in 1545, the restoration of the palace began in 2011. The hotel offers 25 rooms, including five suites and junior suites. There are a number of public rooms available for meetings or coffee, many of which showcase original frescoed walls. It is also home to the ‘Primo Piano’, an exhibition area with a vault ceiling and frescoed walls painted by Bergamasco. A photograph exhibition, ‘Experimental photography in Europe between wars’ will run until 21 May 2017.


Deluxe Junior Suite, Palazzo Griilo

Palazzo Grillo opened on 1 April 2017, coinciding with the first ‘Rolli Days’ of the year. The next ‘Rolli Days’ in the city will take place over the weekend of 14-15 October, granting visitors exclusive access to these splendid buildings and the chance to see unexplored parts of the city.

The hotel is a unique chance for travellers to stay in one of the city’s 100+ palaces, which were built by wealthy, aristocratic families in the ‘Golden’ 16th century. The Rolli Palaces are named so because of the official ‘rolls’ (scripts) that were issued in 1576 about the buildings, and 42 have UNESCO World Heritage status due to their historical, economic and aesthetic significance.

The palaces were once used to host kings, princes, diplomats and ambassadors who were visiting the State of the Republic of Genoa. They are renowned for their magnificent facades decorated with marble, huge frescoed walls, collections of fine art and wonderful courtyards and gardens.


Palazzo Grillo Frescoe. Genoa is home to 25 museums

Genoa is home to 25 museums and is perfect for a cultural short break from the UK. Three of the most important are the Strada Nuova Museums found along via Garibaldi; Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi. All three have been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and showcase precious art from the 15th and 19th centuries, while Palazzo Tursi is home to the violin of Nicolò Paganini, which he named ‘il Cannone’ (the cannon) due to its powerful sound. History fans could also take a short trip north of the city to visit Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cemeteries in Europe.

Restoration of Palazzo Grillo was undertaken by Arte, a company of Liguria Region, and will be managed by Matteo Paini and Laura Sailis, the owners of Le Nuvole Hotel, which is located next to the palace. They also collaborated with the Genoa-based English architect Joseph Grima on the aesthetics and designs of the rooms.

A standard double room at the Palazzo Grillo is available from €135 including breakfast (www.hotelpalazzogrillo.it). Return flights from London Gatwick to Genoa with British Airways are available from £105.

For more information on visiting Genoa, visit www.visitgenoa.it

  • Main image | View from terrace, Palazzo Grillo