Once known as the Strada Nuova and then as the Via Aurea, this is the most important sixteenth century urban phenomenon, taken as a model for subsequent expansions throughout the city (Via Balbi, Via Cairoli,Via Assarotti). Not unjustly considered one of the most monumental roads of Italy, it begins between the Piazza Fontane Marose and Piazza della Meridiana, on the very edges of the historic medieval centre. 13 important buildings look onto this road, built between the mid-sixteenth century and the first twenty years of the eighteenth century for the aristocratic families of the time, according to the guidelines set by the architect Bernadino Cantone. Some of these buildings are today private property and house banking headquarters, the Palazzo Gambaro is owned by the Banco di Chiavari and the Ligurian Riviera, Palazzo Cambiaso is the headquarters of Bipop, Palazzo Spinola is currently owned by Deutsche Bank; others are public buildings, like Palazzo Carrega Cataldi, which houses the offices of the Camera di Commercio (Business),or the Palazzo Doria Tursi (Municipio), which is the premises of the Genoa City Council. Others still have been converted into museums, like the Palazzo Brignole (Galleria di Palazzo Rosso) and the Palazzo Grimaldi opposite(Galleria di Palazzo Bianco). In true Genoese style, the palazzi are all richly decorated within, and face onto unexpected gardens, enhanced by lily ponds, frescoed walls and terraces.
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