Since it opened at the start of the last century, the Bristol Palace
has welcomed a host of celebrities to Genoa
: from political figures
such as the Emperor Hirohito, the Infanta of Spain, Isaac and Lea Rabin, Simon Perez and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, to scientists
such as Dario Fo and Margarita Hack, from writers
such as De Amicis, D’Annunzio, Montale and Pirandello, to actors such as Alberto Sordi and Vittorio de Sica, musicians such as Uto Ughi and Rostropovich
, the singer Andrea Bocelli and director Alfred Hitchcock
who, according to legend, drew inspiration from the elliptical staircase at the entrance for his film Vertigo. Another of the most illustrious guests was the unforgettable Rudolf Nureyev.