Villa Durazzo Bombrini

One of the most majestic villas in western Genoa

Villa Durazzo Bombrini is located in the Cornigliano district and is one of the most majestic villas in western Genoa, built in the mid-1700s in a French residential style based on a project by the French military engineer Pierre Paul De Cotte for the Marquis Giacomo Filippo II Durazzo.

De Cotte also designed the design and the first phases of the construction of the Genoese fortification system, in particular Forte Diamante, financed by Giacomo Filippo II Durazzo.

Villa Bombrini has a central building and two side wings around a vast cour d’honneur, and is characterized by an imposing cantilevered Carrara marble staircase, the first built in Genoa. Also worth seeing are the decorations in the reception rooms, the wrought iron works, the original structure of the roof and the covering, two important works by the Neapolitan painter Francesco Solimena depicting the biblical episodes of Deborah and Barach and Judith showing the head of Holofernes ( 1717).

The history of the Villa is deeply linked to the urban evolution of the surrounding area: in 1856 the new Genoa-Voltri railway was built which removed the link with the sea from the Villa. Numerous changes of ownership followed until the 20th century, when the Cornigliano area became the industrial center of the city of Genoa (go to historical insight), an event that will forever change the conformation of the territory around the Villa. In fact, the same will become the headquarters of two industrial giants such as Ansaldo (1926) and later Sidermec (1951), then Cornigliano SpA (1952) which in 1961, merging with Ilva, became Italsider.

The Villa is now owned by Società Per Cornigliano SpA, is the headquarters of the Genoa Liguria Film Commission and hosts music events, theatre, fairs and exhibitions.

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