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Stay near Santa Maria Di Castello

Near Santa Maria Di Castello you’ll find a good choice of accommodation, from plush five-star hotels overlooking the port and historic properties with plenty of character, to friendly B&Bs and hotels to suit your budget.

Set atop the city's Castello hill in the shadow of the Embriaci tower, this early Christian church is one of Genoa's most important religious buildings. The first basilica on this site was built in the seventh century when people first began to settle in the city. But today’s Santa Maria Di Castello was built in the 12th Century in the Romanesque style, with the beautifully ornate interiors you’ll see when you visit. Make sure you also make time for its adjoining museum filled with 16th-century majolicas (tin-glazed pottery) and masterpiece frescoes by Medieval Flemish painters.

What to See Near Santa Maria Di Castello

Stay near Santa Maria Di Castello to be in the oldest part of Genoa. Stroll through the pedestrianised zone with its many restaurants, pavement cafes and bars. And peruse the food shops selling a variety of tasty Genoan delights, such as golden and crispy focaccia, which the city is famous for.

Santa Maria Di Castello is also within walking distance of the lively port with its aquarium and maritime museum.

Visit Santa Maria Di Castello

Santa Maria Di Castello is free to enter during open hours, and it's usually possible to enjoy a free tour to make the most of your visit and see some tucked-away treasures. Spend the afternoon away from the crowds, exploring the cool cloisters and museum crammed full of artworks commissioned by noble Genoan families.

Art in Santa Maria Di Castello

Expect to see pieces by major artists, including Lorenzo Fasolo, Francesco Maria Schiaffino, Francesco Boccaccino, Pier Francesco Sacchi, Aurelio Lomi and many more. Stand-outs include a medieval wooden sculpture on a high altar, which sailors arriving in the city used to salute for divine protection. The church is also home to the masterpiece Annunciation by Giusto d'Alemagna, painted in 1451.

Head to the adjoining museum, another must-see, for its 18th- and 19th-centuries’ paintings and Russian icons before returning to your hotel near the Santa Maria Di Castello.