A typical cross street in the Albaro district, spreading over a ridge perpendicular to the sea, demarcated by the high walls which conceal the splendid gardens of the seventeenth century noblemens' villas. It was an area favoured by the aristocracy in which to build their country residences, and Albaro has retained its elite character more or less intact, a characteristic deserved by the various streets, including the nearby Via Parini. The name Nazaro comes from the church of St. Nazaro, one of the oldest in the city, destroyed, perhaps too hastilty, at the beginning of the 1900s to open out a new walkway to the sea, known today as the Corso Italia. Along the street, which it is advised to visit on foot, stand, among other buildings, the Villa of Marini Franzone (no. 18), with its bright external decorations, the villa Brignole Sale (no. 18), today the premises of a religious academic institute, and the splendid villa Raggi, once belonging to then Dorotee nuns, with a beautiful collection of frescoes within.
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