I ROLLI DI GENOVAThe Rolli of Genoa or, more precisely, Rolli housings public of Genoa, were, at the time of the ancient Republic, the lists of the palaces and mansions of the great noble families who wanted to host, on the basis of a public drawing of lots, the high personality in transit for state visits.
In later times, the same houses have hosted famous travellers that included Genoa Grand Tour in their cultural or tourist economy.
The Rolli are a unique example of the most prestigious buildings of the historical centre, especially along the old New Roads, via Garibaldi (where the headquarters of the municipality), Piazza della Meridiana, Via Cairoli, Largo Zecca, Church of SS. Annunziata del Vastato, Via Balbi.
The rolls – a term derived from the word rolls – were formed in 1576 on the orders of the Senate aristocratic re-founded by the Prince and Admiral Andrea Doria, who through his constitutional reform had established oligarchic rule and the subsequent insertion of sovereignty in Genoa ‘ orbit of Spain.
The meticulousness with which they were designed and compiled Rolli, only a few decades after the great urban restructuring decided by Doria – that regard, in particular, between 1536 and 1553 the fourteenth century walls – is still a clear and documented evidence of what was once the Genoa’s “Golden Age.” What was a city of ship owners, merchants, bankers are able to give a role to the Maritime Republic of absolute predominance political, and commercial whole Mediterranean Sea, was an important crossroads of princes and kings, diplomats and church authorities.