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Friday, 9 March 2012

TRAVEL: Genoa Part III

Diana and the Satyr
Overlooking this town of piazzas, alleyways and vistas is Villa delle Peschiere [above], built outside the city wall by
 Galeazo Alessi [1512-72] commissioned by Tobia Pallavicino, whose wife Maria Serra is an old friend  of mine as her portrait by Rubens hangs – resplendent – at Kingston Lacey in Dorset  - a National Trust house near my old cow sheds 
[see Living by Design 1997]. 

Left - The extraordinary Nymphaeum , also by Galeazzo Alessi, is sadly in need of attention – you tread on turquoise and emerald coloured ceramic pebbles  fallen from the walls and ceilings.

Glorious frescoes are by Giovanni Battista Castello [Il Bergamasco]
 whose work abounds in Genova.

Phaeton lost control of his chariot and Jove [Zeus] killed him and prevented a disastrous collision with the Earth.
Villa Paradiso, designed by Andrea Ceresola [Il Vannone] 1575-1619
Ristorante Rosa - very good Ligurian dishes-overlooks Camoglio on the Ligurian coast towards Santa Margherita...    

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