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NH Collection Genova Marina
NH Collection Genova Marina

Molo Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa 16124

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4.5 out of 5 (476 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Chiesa di San Martino, Aquarium of Genoa, and The Bigo Lift. Old Port and …

£99
Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa 16126

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4.5 out of 5 (1,071 reviews)

This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and …

£101
Hotel Continental Genova
Hotel Continental Genova

Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa 16126

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4.4 out of 5 (690 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and Galata Maritime …

£75
Best Western Hotel Porto Antico
Best Western Hotel Porto Antico

Via al Ponte Calvi, 5, Genoa 16124

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4.2 out of 5 (265 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Chiesa di San Martino, Palazzo di San Giorgio, and National Ligurian Galler …

£71
NH Genova Centro
NH Genova Centro

Via Martin Piaggio, 11, Genoa 16122

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4 out of 5 (347 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from Museo d'Arte Orientale Edoardo Chiossone and Chiossone Museum of Oriental …

£68
Rosmary Apartments
Rosmary Apartments

Via Tolemaide 5c, Genoa 16129

Situated in Genoa, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chiesa Ellenica Ortodossa, Luigi Ferraris Stadium, and Chiossone …

£60
Bristol Palace Hotel
Bristol Palace Hotel

Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa 16121

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4.4 out of 5 (850 reviews)

Surrounded by stylish shops, this hotel is on Via XX Settembre, Genoa's picturesque main street. The Ducal Palace is a 2 …

£84
Hotel Le Nuvole - Residenza d'Epoca
Hotel Le Nuvole - Residenza d'Epoca

Piazza delle Vigne, 6, Genoa 16123

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4.8 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Located in Porto Antico, this hotel is steps from San Pietro in Banchi, National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace, an …

£72
Starhotels President
Starhotels President

Corte Dei Lambruschini 4, Genoa 16129

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4.1 out of 5 (676 reviews)

This hotel is stands in the Corte Lambruschini Business Center opposite the Genoa Brignole train stationand .5 km (.3 mi) fro …

£65
Mercure Genova San Biagio
Mercure Genova San Biagio

Via Romairone, 14, Genoa 16163

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4.1 out of 5 (537 reviews)

Situated in Genoa, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Villa Brignole Sale Duchessa di Galliera, Chiesa di Santo Stefano, an …

£53
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Pocket Guide: Porto Antico Cattedrale di San Lorenzo Hotels

Built around 1098, this handsome, black-and-white striped cathedral dazzles visitors with its striking frontage decorated with marble columns and guarded by two grand stone lions.

The Gothic-Romanesque cathedral is said to preserve the ashes of John the Baptist, which were brought back to the city from the Holy Land during the Crusades. And rumour has it that the cathedral is haunted by the ghosts of the workmen who built it.

Stay near Cattedrale Di San Lorenzo

There are many places to stay near the Cattedrale Di San Lorenzo in Genoa's historic quarter, from luxury international chain hotels to historic palazzos packed with character near. On a budget? There are many one- and two-star hotels within easy walking distance of the cathedral in Pre and San Vincenzo.

History of the Cattedrale Di San Lorenzo

Consecrated in 1118 by Pope Gelasius II, the church has been the seat of the archbishop of Genoa since 1133. Following a fire in 1296, the building was rebuilt, then between the 14th and 15th centuries, a small chapel was built to house the ashes of St John the Baptist. And in 1941, the building narrowly avoided being destroyed by a British World War II bomb that crashed through the roof, but failed to ignite. Today, the Royal Navy shell is on display at the cathedral.

Visiting Cattedrale Di San Lorenzo

Step back in time to the Genoa of yesteryear by exploring this ancient cathedral. Take time to look at the building's ornate interior with its gilded vaults and frescoes, where highlights include a 14th-century Byzantine-style fresco just beyond the main entrance.

Take a peek around the small marble chapel said to house the ashes of John the Baptist, and is lined with statues. Don't miss Cattedrale Di San Lorenzo’s underground treasury, the Museo del Tesoro di San Lorenzo, where you'll find a treasure-trove of relics, including a Byzantine cross, a platter purported to be the one used to present John the Baptist's head, as well as the urn for his ashes. You can also see what is believed to be the Holy Grail. All visitors need to cover their shoulders and knees to be allowed to enter the cathedral.

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