Basilica of Santa Maria delle Vigne

Genoa, a thousand years in a thousand steps

Embark on a journey through time to hunt for hidden clues and discover one of the city’s oldest medieval basilicas behind the elegant Baroque dress.
Built shortly before the year 1000 in an area of countryside planted with vines, hence the origin of the name, today the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Vigne is located in the historic center, and encapsulates the complex and rich artistic stratification of the city.
During the tour, the narrator’s voice of the guide transports us back a thousand years. The route offers particularly adventurous and engaging moments such as walking on construction scaffolding, landing on the city rooftops, and crossing the attic to the top of the Basilica’s dome.
A unique experience to understand the multifaceted soul of Genoa: an ever-evolving city with its contradictions, which has always been devoted to meeting and mixing, without ever forgetting its nature.

Coming soon Groups and schools


Genoa. Meeting point c/o IAT office, Via Garibaldi 12/r


Visits suspended


1h 30min


Italian, materials in French and English


The experience at the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Vigne is currently suspended due to restoration work affecting the tour route.

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€ 10 (full) – € 8 (reduced)

Reduced tickets are reserved for: residents of the City of Genoa (every first Sunday of the month), visitors between the ages of 6 and 25, ticket holders for an ongoing exhibition or event at Palazzo Ducale, Coop Liguria members.


Free tickets are reserved for: visitors aged 0-5 years, persons with disabilities (with accompanying person for those who need it), accredited journalists in possession of request from the relevant editorial office, licensed tour guides.


Visits currently suspended

Saturday and Sunday: 09.30 | 11.30 | 14.30 | 16.30



Meeting place

In front of theIAT (Tourist Reception Information)office on Via Garibaldi 12/r, 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

Your experience

  • A journey through time to discover the city’s most hidden medieval basilica
  • The excitement of adventure in a “teaching site”
  • Panoramic, unprecedented and privileged viewpoints inside the Basilica and over the historic center
  • Dedicated experiences and educational trails for children and school groups
  • Safety helmet provided by Kalatá to get to the attic of the Basilica
  • Guided tour in Italian included in the ticket
  • Foreign language materials and insights included in the ticket

Useful information

  • Visits currently suspended
  • Recommended attire that is appropriate and respectful of the sacred place you are visiting
  • Comfortable clothing (avoid skirts and dresses), low, closed-toe footwear recommended
  • Bags and/or backpacks (of any size), fanny packs and bulky equipment are not allowed on the trail
  • Free checkroom service
  • Cell phone cases provided free of charge
  • Allowed the use of cameras as long as they are equipped with a safety strap
  • It is forbidden to bring in animals of any kind. For safety reasons, the only animals allowed are companion dogs for people with disabilities

Info and reservations

For more information you can call +39 0174330976 (also WhatsApp) or send an email to:


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