Imperiale Palace: the Grand Hotel in the bay of Portofino.
One of the most luxurious hotels on the whole of the Italian Riviera, for over a century the Imperiale Palace has been the focus of Santa Margherita Ligure glamorous social whirl and high-profile cultural events.
At the beginning of the 1900's royals, aristocrats, divas and intellectuals came to this splendid Belle époque property on the Italian Riviera for their holiday.
Today, a century later, the peace enveloping the private park, the elegance of the historic Liberty style building, and the crystal clear water of Santa Margherita Ligure are still the same and the Imperiale Palace is still one of the most prestigious hotels in Liguria.
Imperiale Palace Hotel is the ideal getaway for those who seek comfort, elegance and style, a refuge offering high level services, vicinity with famous resorts such as Portofino, Rapallo, Camogli, Sestri Levante and Genoa.
Palazzi dei Rolli - Unesco World Heritage 01/02/2014
Following the new architectural models of the time, Genoa's nobility had many palaces of great splendour designed and built within the historic centre. The number and magnificence of these gave rise to a peculiar aristocratic residential system, formalised in 1576 by a Decree of the Senate that issued an official list of the dwellings (List of Public Lodgings, also known as Rolli), recognising their unique value. The same decree compelled the owners of the homes to take turns in hosting state visits, in the absence of a royal palace. Host dwellings were chosen in accordance with the importance of the visiting guest: the higher the guest's noble rank, the more sumptuous the mansion that was required and the wealthier the family given the honour - and indeed the burden - of welcoming them.
The building we know today as Palazzo Reale is a large aristocratic residence which has been splendidly decorated and added to over the years, not only by the Savoy dynasty in the 19th Century but also by two great Genoese dynasties: the Balbis (who built it between 1643 and 1650) and the Durazzos (who enlarged it between the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th Century).
The palace is probably the largest 17th/18th-century architectural complex in Genoa to have retained its original interiors, both in terms of fixed (frescoes and stuccoes) and movable (paintings, sculptures, furnishings and fittings) decoration.
The best way to appreciate the winders of the Park, Protected are since 1935, is to cover safely its distinctive and fascinating paths; all of them are properly marked. Passing through this thick network of about 79 Km, it is possible to discover the wealth and variety of the natural environments, of their views and the monumental complex of the Promontory.