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Ghost at Palazzo Ducale – Genoa

February 28, 2011 by Anna / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , / 1 Comment

Palazzo Ducale in Genoa once was a seat of Government and the residence of the doges. Today it is the city’s cultural center. This palace has a long and bloody history of political intrigue. For hundreds of years one of its towers, the Grimaldina Tower, was used as a prison for political opponents of the republic.

In fact, in addition to the murder of various government officials, some notable names were imprisoned there. One was the revolutionist Jacopo Ruffini, who died of a suicide in the secret prison of the palace.

The other notable name was the virtuoso violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, who was imprisoned in the tower after being accused of kidnapping and seduction.

Today, a legend here in Genoa says that some people, which have visited the Palazzo Ducale, have seen and heard Paganini playing his music in the prison area and in the tower.

When this great violinist died, his violin called “Cannone” was given to the city of Genoa (if you would like to see it, it is housed in the Palazzo Tursi museum).

You know, every year, right here in Genoa it is held the “Paganini Competition” and anyone under 34 years of age in any nation can participate. Finally, the winner of the contest is allowed to play one of Paganini’s original violins and also receives a recording contract.

“I am not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet” a famous quote by Paganini.

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One Response to Ghost at Palazzo Ducale – Genoa

    Agnes Denegri Piva December 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Rigarding Paganini he was quoted as answering a request to repeat a selection “Paganini non ripette” (Paganini doesn’t repear”!


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