About three weeks ago, I went on another guided tour to Palazzo Montanaro, a historical building usually not open to the public. (I actually went on two other tours run by LdA - the cultural association I joined when I went on mat leave - before that, but I never posted about them because the two places I visited, while nice, never seemed exciting enough to warrant a whole post. I don't know, it's hard for me to judge whether my picspams are boring or not and since they take forever to type up, it's quite easy to justget lazy. A Baroque church and a not particularly amazing late Renaissance palazzo, while new to me, don't seem special enough to waste a good hour writing an entry about.)
Palazzo Montanaro, instead, I loved so much I want to be able to re-live the visit, so here I am, typing a long entry on my smartphone while we're at my MiL's.
Palazzo Montanaro is smack-dab in the city centre, up a mattonata (a typical Genoese steep brick-paved pedestrian street) at the end of Strada Nuova ('New Street'), the main thoroughfare built during the Renaissance. Its claim to fame lies in the fact the main apartment inside was once the family home of Paul Valèry's maternal aunt's family. While Valèry was visiting his family, he had an epiphany-like moment, known as la nuit de Gênes, which apparently had a huge impact on his literary output.
Now, I'm not a great expert of French literature, so when I saw LdA was running a visit of the palazzo, the main attraction to me was that we would be given access to a private flat. I'm a nosy bugger and I love visiting places that are normally not open to the public.
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