Enrico Alberto D'Albertis designed the castle in the styles of architectural collage and Gothic revival. Erected between 1886 and 1892 under the supervision of Neo-gothic revivalist, Alfredo D'Andrade, the castle is located on the site of a 16th century walled city. Alberto not only based his design on the city's foundation, he incorporated and preserved the foundations of the bastion and one of the turrets. It was the first villa-castle built in Genoa.
From top of the hill of Monte Galletto, one of the hills in the district of Castelletto, the castle dominates Genoa with a view of the Ligurian Sea.
Captain D'Albertis (1846-1932) originally enlisted in the Royal Italian Navy, then transferred to the Merchant Navy before he chose to dedicate his life to yachting. After founding the first Italian Yacht Club in 1879, he recreated Christopher Columbus' journey to San Salvador by sailing two cutters, the Violante and the Corsaro, using nautical instruments he had handcrafted, modeled on the ones used by Columbus. In addition, D'Albertis traveled around the world three times, circumnavigated Africa once, carried out archaeological digs with Arturo Issel.
Genoa A city of art, the capital of Liguria in northern Italy and metropolis looking onto the sea, Genoa has grown up around the city's port - a natural cove that has always been the site of thriving traffic and commerce. Its ancient heart, Europe's biggest historic medieval center, is crisscrossed by a tight weave of alleys that capture the multicultural soul that has always characterized the city's history. Here, among workshops, eateries, and beautiful shops, glimmers a glimpse of the noble past of Genoa, "La Superba", consisting of sixteenth-century villas, Baroque votive aedicules, and prestigious churches giving onto small squares nestled between the buildings. Modernity is a few steps away, in places returned to the people and tourists by restoration and great urban renewal projects conducted over the last decade. Genoa offers a dizzying mix of the old and the new. The Expo with the Aquarium, Via San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the splendid Via Garibaldi full of museums. The city's charm can also be found in the numerous delegations from Nervi to Voltri - autonomous cities until the 20's - where visitors can explore villas surrounded by nineteenth-century parks, picturesque sea strolls, and museums large and small. Text: www.turismo.comune.genova.it