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Bristol Palace Hotel

Bristol Palace Hotel

Via XX Settembre 35, Genoa
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
27 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (1,008 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps away from Museum of the Ligurian Art Academy, Piazza de Ferrari and Medieval Gates. Palazzo Ducale and ...

£91

£91
Grand Hotel Savoia

Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale Di Terra, 5, Genoa
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 14 hours ago
18 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (1,178 reviews)

This family-friendly Genoa hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and Galata Maritime Museum. Palazzo di ...

£93

£93
Hotel Continental Genova

Hotel Continental Genova

Via Arsenale di Terra 1, Genoa
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 9 hours ago
15 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (780 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christopher Columbus Monument and Galata Maritime Museum. Palazzo di San Giorgio and ...

£77

£77
Best Western Hotel Metropoli

Best Western Hotel Metropoli

P.zza Fontane Marose, Genoa
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 21 hours ago
5 others viewing this property now
4.3 out of 5 (296 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Rosso and White Palace. Palazzo Ducale and National Ligurian Gallery at the ...

£72

£72
Best Western Plus City Hotel

Best Western Plus City Hotel

Via San Sebastiano 6, Genoa
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
11 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (297 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Carlo Felice, Piazza de Ferrari and Palazzo Ducale. Old Port is 0.5 mi (0.8 ...

£79

£79
New Alexander

New Alexander

via bersaglieri d'italia 19, Genoa
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 13 hours ago
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Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is steps away from Christopher Columbus Monument and Piazza Acquaverde. Prince's Palace and Galata Maritime Museum ...

£46

£46
Hotel Palazzo Grillo

Hotel Palazzo Grillo

Piazza delle Vigne 4, Genoa
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
4.8 out of 5 (16 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this property is steps away from Loggia dei Mercanti o di Banchi, National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace and Cattedrale ...

£94

£94
Best Western Hotel Moderno Verdi

Best Western Hotel Moderno Verdi

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi 5, Genoa
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
3 others viewing this property now
4.0 out of 5 (414 reviews)

Located in the heart of Genoa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Colombo, Piazza de Ferrari and Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art. Medieval Gates ...

£65

£65
Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Via Pionieri ed Aviatori d'Italia 44, Genoa
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 22 hours ago
3 others viewing this property now
4.0 out of 5 (245 reviews)

Located in Sestri Ponente, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Marina Genova and 3 mi (4.8 km) from La Lanterna. Fiumara Shopping & Fun and 105 Stadium are also ...

£76

£76
Hotel Le Nuvole - Residenza d'Epoca

Hotel Le Nuvole - Residenza d'Epoca

Piazza delle Vigne, 6, Genoa
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 6 hours ago
4.7 out of 5 (44 reviews)

Located in Genoa Historical Centre, this hotel is steps away from Loggia dei Mercanti o di Banchi, National Ligurian Gallery at the Spinola Palace and Palazzo ...

£78

£78

Pocket Guide: Cattedrale di San Lorenzo 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.