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Parco Storico Villa Serra

Sant'Olcese , Genova

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Via Carlo Levi, 2
16010 Sant’Olcese (GE)

Tel. +39 010 715577
Fax. +39 010 7171396

GPS coordinates:
Latitudine: 44.481327
Longitudine: 8.921426

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Openings

January and February: 10.00 - 17.00
March: 10.00 - 18.00
April and May: 9.00 - 19.00
June and September: 9.00 - 20.00
October: 10.00 - 18.00
November and December: 10.00 - 17.00

Closed on Monday morning

Prices

Adults: € 3,00
Kids (6-12 years) and over 65: € 1,00
Disabled +1 accompanying person: free
School groups: € 1,00 per child (free for accompanying school staff). Guided tours by appointment

Annual Pass € 15,00
Kids Annual Pass: € 5,00
Over 65 Annual Pass: € 10,00

Guided tours by booking

By car
A7 Highway, exit Genova Bolzaneto. Continue for 2 km following the brown signs ''Historical Park of Villa Serra''.

By train
Line for Arquata, by Genoa Bolzaneto Railway Station, continue with the Public suburban ATP transfer service, E Line for Pedemonte.

By bus
7, 8 and 63 Line from City Centre to Genoa Bolzaneto, suburban ATP service, E line for Pedemonte. The urban ticket is valid.
History
The marchesi Serra bought the property from the Pinelli family at the beginning of the nineteenth century. After a trip to London in 1851, Orso Serra decided to transform it into a Tudor house with a mediaeval tower in an English style park, taking the project from an encyclopaedia by John Claudius Loudon published in 1846.
After a long period of neglect, the park and villa were bought by the Municipalities of Genoa, Sant'Olcese and Serra Riccò in 1982, constituting the Villa Serra Consortium. The park was restored to its original design and opened to the public in 1992. Since 2001 the villa has returned to its splendour. The eighteenth century stables, with a Neo-Gothic tower, house a restaurant and a charming small hotel. The nineteenth century stables, renovated in 2012, house a Conference Center and a gym.

The park develops around three huge lawns and a great lake in the bottom of the rio Comago valley, linked by wide clearings and groups of trees planted to leave perspective views towards the cottage and the rural buildings. A second lake supplies an attractive water chain facing the Tudor cottage.
Rare species for the time were planted with typical nineteenth century taste for the unusual: sequoias, tulip trees, swamp cypresses, magnolias, liquidambars, cedars, sophoras. Planes, yews and a great holm oak grow along the drive to the villa.

From 2005 the original landscape design of the park has been enriched by a collection of hydrangeas, unique to Italy, with more than 1,800 plants of 300 species and varieties which flower from June to October.

The buildings house conferences, shows and events with catering and refreshment services and a playground with a picnic area and theatre to encourage collective enjoyment.
Since 2008, the Park is part of the network Grandi Giardini Italiani.

Carlo Cusani

Landscape Architect.

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