Palazzo Gerolamo Grimaldi, or “of the sundial”

Jun 11, 2020 262

Palazzo Gerolamo Grimaldi is one of the 42 “Rolli”, Genoa’s historical buildings that were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2006; it was built between 1536 and 1544 by one of the city’s bankers, Gerolamo Grimaldi Oliva.

Now a renowned historical home, it is also known as “Palace of the sundial” obviously due to the sundial painted on its façade. The structure is a summation of the architectural and urban evolution that Genoa experienced in the 1500s, which culminated with the construction of the “Strada Nuova” – “New Road”, now Via Garibaldi – and the houses alongside it.

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