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Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

A great example of romanic building. Inside there' a museum and I was thinking about it...; but a member of the staff said that it was not possible look around - and i had to PAY! ... goodbye tourism.

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank Galeno78
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Reviewed January 22, 2015

Not a very inspiring building and then becomes less so with presentation in Italian when I do not speak the language. Nevertheless it was interesting enough and the written information [in English] got me through. But it was hard work.

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank Bruce H
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

This knight templar hospital/church was on two floors and told the story of the knights returning from the crusades setting up a hospital to cater both for sick people and pilgrims. Very interesting but it would have been even better if there was an option to put the audio/visual pieces into english.

Date of experience: October 2012
3  Thank Neil D
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

As an American, living in Genova, San Giovanni of Pre is a bit difficult for me to review, because I haven’t learned enough Italian to take full advantage of this unusual museum and the multimedia presentation. There is enough written in English to give you a good understanding of the purpose, history, use of the building, crusades and needs of the pilgrims arriving in Genova and how they were helped and treated in this hospital/hostel. But the real information is presented by actors, prerecorded and presented in media boxes, when sensor lights go off as you walk by, the actors start to talk. It’s all in Italian or with Italian subtitles, so it can be a bit frustrating if you don’t understand Italian. Still the building, its history and the small medieval garden full of fragrant herbs and spices, is worth a visit. It was renovated and turned into the current “museum theatre” in 2009, so it’s well kept inside, however there wasn’t another person there while I visited! As another reviewer mentioned, although it is near the port area, nearly across from the Galata Museum, the area is sketchy, dirty, doesn’t really feel very safe and there are lots of men loitering in this area. I have walked this way many times before and haven’t had problems, but it isn’t the most welcoming area of Genova. Overall, if you know Italian, this could be a very interesting museum or if you enjoy the very well preserved building, dating back to 1180AD and would like to learn more about the pilgrims and crusaders, it might interest you. It’s a very nice attempt to educate in a pleasant atmosphere. No gift shop, food or drinks on site. Pleasant and helpful staff at reception.

Date of experience: August 2011
4  Thank AnnArborMHT
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Reviewed July 29, 2019 via mobile
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Date of experience: July 2019
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