Laxmi Guesthouse b&b rests on the hills of Genoa, in salita San Barnaba. The surrounding area is one of the most evocative places in Genoa, developed around the monastery of the same name.

The most ancient document stored in the small church of San Barnaba dates back to the 13th century, and it is dated 30 June 1244; it is a notary deed reporting the donation of the area by the Abbey of San Siro to four hermits, though it is said that a small congregation of holy virgins lived in the same place since the 4th century.

The hermitage, home to several different congregations, was then entrusted to the Capuchin Friars of the Hospital of Pammattone around the end of the 16th century.

Enclosed by the city, San Barnaba has gained and still preserves a unique quality as a beauty spot and ideal resort for lovers, poets, and all those in need of help or quiet.

One last historical anecdote: the friars carried out a very particular role. From time to time, a bleak procession could be seen climbing up the steep slope leading to the convent, guiding the condemned to the Castellaccio, where they would be put to death. They were bound to stop in the small square. A priest would then come out of the monastery to give the ill-fated man or woman a glass of water and one last compassionate word.

In the parlour, the Crucifix that was given the condemned to kiss is still preserved.

Local attractions and walks

Forts and walls of Genoa

Castello d'Albertis

Castelletto (scenic view)

Laxmi b&b Genoa


Laxmi b&b Genoa