Museum

VILLA FARAGGIANA

Built in the first half of the eighteenth century by the Genoese nobleman Gerolamo Durazzo, Villa Faraggiana represents a remarkable example of the eighteenth-century elegant residence from Liguria. The Villa was owned by Durazzo until 1821, the same year it was sold by Marcello Durazzo to the Ligurian nobles Faraggiana, they  moved to Novara in the mid of nineteenth century.
The last owner Alessandro Faraggiana, direct descendant of the family, was born in 1876 and died at Albissola Marina on 2nd December 1961, with no heirs. He bequeathed the Villa to the city of Novara with a huge fortune.
Afterwards the Villa was opened to the public to symbolize "the value of the testimony of the costume of an era"
Inside each room has its clear connotation of art-history.

  • in the western wing Gallery of the four seasons,
  • in the eastern wing stands the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy, whose appearance is depicted above the altar in the fresco, dated 1736, from the Gio Agostino Ratti from Savona.

On the main floor is the music room, library, bedroom with prayer-desk and the prestigious gilded furniture of the cabinet E.T. Peters and bedroom decorated with valuable polychrome stuccoes from the eighteenth-century, and the refined bed with canopy, covered with embroidered silk.

Opening time 

Opened in the afternoon from 20th March to 2nd October, from 15.00 to 19.00 - last visit 18.15

For groups and schools the opening is all year round by reservation (office 019 480622)

Parking for cars and buses

Closing day: Monday

The Direction reserves the right to close the access or make changes to the visiting hours. On Saturday and on Sunday we recommend to call to confirm the opening.

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