Courtyards and gardens (P. Bianco)

The Museums of Strada Nuova offer visitors a surprising, one-of-a-kind series of extremely varied courtyards, gardens and terraces located at different heights
The Palazzo Bianco has two gardens at different levels. The first is a smaller garden that can be reached from the first room of the museum and has maintained its 18th-century layout with a parterre, risseu paths and fountains; it borders the adjacent garden of the Palazzo Tursi, where a beautiful tree stands tall.
In the second garden, which can be seen from the footway to Palazzo Tursi, the monumental remains of what was one of the greatest Gothic churches in the city, St. Francis in Castelletto, are still visible. When the church was finally demolished around 1820, remarkable treasures were dispersed, though now partly housed in other locations. Of this church, which together with the adjacent convent was one of the most important religious foundations of medieval Genoa, we can still see the arches and columns in white and black drums of a nave, which have been embedded in the façade of the 19th-century municipal building at the back of the museum. Further, during the archaeological excavations undertaken before Genoa was named European Capital of Culture for 2004, architectural and decorative elements of the church were found, now an integral part of the Museums of Strada Nuova, as valuable evidence for visitors of the history of the city.