The Sanctuary of the Madonnetta

What it includes

  • 3 hours guided visit with private Tourist Guide
  • Walk to the sanctuary on foot
  • some Photo stops
  • Madonnetta church (XVII century)
  • Nativity scene (XVIII century)

Not included
Transport by the Funicular

Our Walks for the Spirit, offer the possibility of making spiritual experiences of great emotional impact, immersing yourself in the sacred environment of some of the richest spirituality Genoese churches. In order not to lose the bond with the city in which they are located, visits to churches are never separated by a brief visit to the district where the most significant parts of Genoa have arisen.

The Madonnetta sanctuary enjoys an exceptional position: it overlooks the Castelletto Hill, dominating the historic center and the port. It can be reached using an ancient uphill crosa, surprising for the beauty of the panoramic views over the city and for the secluded atmosphere, even though it is an area located a few steps from the heart of Genoa. No fear for those who prefer public transport. You can get comfortably seated with the historic Righi funicular!

From 1689, the preaching of the religious Carlo Giacinto, Agostinian barefoot friar, who had placed a beautiful statue of alabaster of the Virgin (hence the name of Madonnetta) in a pre-existing chapel dedicated to San Giacomo, attracted many pilgrims. It was considered appropriate to build a real sanctuary. Very interesting is the history of this artistic realization, among the most beautiful baroque churches in Genoa, designed by the architect Anton Maria Ricca (who became an Augustinian religious during the works!) after detailed instructions from Fr. Carlo Giacinto, who already had it seen the church’s plan during a spiritual vision.

The guided tour focuses on the origin of the sanctuary from the words of its founder. This story will allow you to tune in to the spirituality of Father Carlo Giacinto. In this way you will be helped to understand the numerous meanings that lie behind the artistic works, especially the frescoes and statues, as well as the architectural choices. Already on the outside you will be greeted by the simple beauty of the churchyard with a risseu floor, made by cobblestones patterns (with stones from the streams), very typical in Liguria.

Last but not least, the visit to the famous Nativity scene, consisting of statues by the famous XVIII century sculptor Maragliano and his school, by the Tyrolean De Scopft, and by others, which reproduces scenes of everyday life in the old quarters of the city of Genoa and in the countries of Ligurian hinterland.

Free return to the city by the same means.


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