Rising above over 1,000 italian parks, Genoa’s Villa Durazzo Pallavicini has been awarded the prestigious award of ‘Il Parco più Bello’ for the ‘Most Beautiful Public Park in Italy.’ Built in the 1840s by the set designer of Genoa’s opera house, Villa Durazzo Pallavicini combines romance and fairy tale, making for a truly magical travel destination. The park is split into four inspired theatrical ‘acts,’ allowing travel lovers to experience a mesmerizing story each step of the way. Your Italy travel itinerary just got longer!

Parco Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, Italy

A fairytale romance indeed!

“This award reminds us that Genoa is rich of hidden treasures in every neighbourhood, from east to west. It’s a great honour that the Villa Durazzo Pallavicini has been recognised as the most beautiful park in Italy and we hope it will encourage more people to visit the park and the city of Genoa,” explains Elisa Serafini, Culture and Territorial Marketing Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Genoa.

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Located in the neighborhood of Pegli, around half an hour to the west of Genoa’s city centre, Villa Durazzo Pallavicini is a beautiful 19th century park that was renovated by the Municipality of Genoa and reopened in autumn 2016.

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini was built between 1840 and 1846 at the request of Italian nobleman Marquis Ignazio Alessandro Pallavicini and is an example of an Italian romantic-style garden. It offers panoramic views from Portofino’s mountain to Capo Noli and the four ‘acts’ of the eight-hectare garden takes guests past lakes, streams, waterfalls, rare plants and ancient structures. How’s that for gorgeous green travel?

Parco Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, Italy

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‘Il Parco più bello Award’ is a Italian contest created in 2003 by architect and entrepreneur Leandro Mastria to promote the environmental and botanical heritage of parks in Italy. The selection for the ‘Il Parco più Bello Award’ is based on the historical and botanical value of the park, as well preservation conditions, management, accessibility and services.

Parco Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, Italy

Love this pagoda!

Good to know:

Planning your Italy travel to see the beauty of Genoa for yourself? Entry to the park costs €10 for adults, while children aged 0-6 can enter for free. 

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