Friday, October 11, 2013

The museum complex of Villa Durazzo Centurion is a site made ​​up of two historic houses of the nobility, by a park-Italian garden and art museum " Giovanni Vittorio Rossi "in Santa Margherita Ligure , in the Tigullio, in the province of Genoa . The site, owned by the city, is also used for cultural and artistic events and exhibitions. Plexus is located in the immediate vicinity of the Baroque parish church of St. James Court .The complex consists mainly of two villas (Durres-Centurion and St. James), a large park seventeenth century in which there is an interesting Italian garden with typical cobblestone paths in Liguria said risseu . The complex was built on a hilltop in 1678 by the Marquis Durazzo , designed by the architect Galeazzo Alessi , who used the villa as a summer residence. He became a possession of the principles Centurion (hence the double name Durazzo-Centurion) in 1821 , the palace was enlarged and greatly enriched with new plants and exotic statues marble neoclassical . Towards the end of the ' nineteenth temporarily became the seat of the Grand Hotel hosting several distinguished personalities of the time. In 1919 it was bought by Commander Alfredo Chierichetti that revalued the entire complex by adding new plants ( palm trees , camellias and magnolias ) and making trails in the Ligurian typical cobblestone said risseu . It eventually became municipal property in 1973 destined that the villa and its grounds to the seat of important cultural events and international conferences. In June of 1998 , thanks to the large presence of tree species, the garden has been twinned with the famous Hanbury Gardens in Ventimiglia .