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Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello

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Address: Salita di Santa Maria di Castello 15 | Molo, Genoa, Italy
Phone Number: 010/2549511
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Beautiful and historic, worth a visit

Beautiful architecture, free to enter and lots of info inside... although i only saw Italian. Helpful staff

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Long Beach California
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Long Beach California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Beautiful architecture, free to enter and lots of info inside... although i only saw Italian. Helpful staff

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This is a beautiful medieval church with monastery and multiple cloisters. There are wonderful frescoes and works of art in it. We had a fascinating free tour led by a volunteer.

Thank Pamela J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This former Dominican monastery is definitely worth a visit. there are wonderful things to see and a guided tour to take you round. We spent an excellent 90 minutes there.

Thank gianlorenzo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We didn't go inside as we were there as part of an excursion from our ship and the tour guide took us around the place. Unfortunately they have a siesta in the afternoon so have a service from 1100 to 1200 midday before retiring for their siesta so we took the opportunity to visit the market and town surrounding the... More 

Thank Kevin W
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1,178 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We walked from the port to old town, then up a slight hill on narrow streets to the church. Surprised that we were the only ones in the church besides one caretaker. So we were lucky as he had the time to give us a guided tour. He had a large ring of keys to unlock the doors as we... More 

Thank CDM49
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A really exceptional and peaceful church with stunning ceiling and wall paintings a place to visit without hesitation. I enjoyed this church much more than most I have visited around my European travels

Thank Paulo R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Basilica is situated in the old town. Really a strange location as the main road runs right in front of it. Of course any European traveler has seen numerous churches but this is breathtaking. Worth the trip. Make the donation to help maintain such a beautiful place of worship

2 Thank wedutch5
Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

They usually write that church is one of the oldest in Genoa (IX c.) But who knows which is oldest of all? Well, there is at least one church founded earlier than Santa Maria but it was reconstructed and doesn't look ancient now. Santa Maria in Castello was not essentially rebuilt (which is not common in Italy) and present rather... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I suggest a short walk. From Piazza Dante, you can go into the Old City through Porta Soprana (also known as Porta di Sant'Andrea), walk along Via Di Ravecca, cross Piazza Sarzano (where you can see an old pit with the stony head of "Giano Bifronte", an ancient symbol of Genoa), and climb the hill of Castello. On the top... More 

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Several reviewers have mentioned this, and it totally changed our experience there. We went twice, the first time close to closing time and so resolved to come back.The next time, one of the chaperones recognized us and offered to take us on a free tour, guiding us into the back rooms where there was a little museum, a beautiful cloister,... More 

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