|A fountain of a mermaid holding an urn graces the terrace above the Court of Honor at the Palazzo Reale|
|A monument to Christopher Columbus on the Via Balbi in Genoa|
The Palazzo Reale, or Royal Palace in Genoa sits on a hill across from the Church of San Carlo on the Via Balbi, in an area of the city that was being developed in the 17th Century in to a fashionable neighborhood for the city's wealthiest families.
|A Renaissance period grotto in a palazzo on Via Balbi|
|Lavish silk wall coverings in the palace|
|Portrait of Catarina Balbi|
|Gate leading to the Court of Honor of the Palazzo Reale|
|A view from the garden to the gate|
|Galleria degli Specchi, The Hall of Mirrors|
|Sala del Trono, The Throne Room of the Duke of Savoy in the Palazzo Reale|
|A romantic fresco with Puti and a mandoline player in the ballroom|
|The Palazzo Reale with its awkward additions|
|Pebble Mosaic in the Risseu style|
Wide axial paths connect connect it to the palace and lead to a view towards the lighthouse and harbor. Its quite beautiful from the ground plain or seen from the roof terrace and bridge arcade above.
|The pebble mosaic terraza was once part of a Convent that was heavily damaged in World War II and moved to the palace during restoration.|
|An Ottoman period mosaic in the Ligurian Risseu style in Mytilini, on the Island of Lesvos, Greece|
|Dogs hunting a wild boar at the Palazzo Reale|
|A leopard in a forest in the Palazzo Reale's pebble terrazza|
|A stag mosaic at the Palazzo Reale|
|Elephant with a monkey on its back under a palm. It is possible that the artists had never actually seen a real elephant.|
The mosaic terrace has very good proportions and sets the stage for the view of the harbor although industrial development has made the view towards the harbor less appealing than it once was.
|Fishermen drinking wine while they work|
|A man herding mules to a Mill|
|The Mosaic Garden looking out to the Genoa Harbour|
|A plaque commemorating the restoration of the Palazzo's mosaics|
|The scale of the garden is very pleasing, with its plantings of native Chamaerops humilis, the Mediterranean Fan Palm and other species, as well as Italian Cypresses|
|A white marble balustrade borders the terrace of the Hanging Gardens|
|Looking down from the arcade bridge built that divides the Hanging Garden from the Court of Honor|
|Marble urns and the Mermaid fountain on the arcade|
|A man playing a horn in the forest|
|An ancient Roman sarcophagus ornaments one of the axial paths of the garden|
|View of the harbor lighthouse from the Hanging Gard|
The process is obviously tedious, something I know very well from building them over the last 3 decades, although my process is quite different. The pebbles used in this work have a very uniform shape and thickness enabling them to be set in a thin bed of lime mortar.
These are some images of other pebble mosaics that I saw in the beautiful town of Portofino, north east of Genoa. It is traditional to see these kinds of mosaics around churches.
|4 dolphins and 2 tridents|