The Commenda di Prè is a complex of two beautiful churches, located one on top of the other: a medieval diamond of outstanding beauty. Built in 1180 by the will of Friar Guglielmo of the Knights of St. John – which later became the Order of the Knights of Malta –, the Commenda became a place of support and assistance for pilgrims and crusaders travelling to or from the Holy Land.

Among its illustrious guests were two Popes: Pope Urban V, passing through Genoa on his way to Rome in 1367, and Pope Urbano VI, who settled there for over a year between 1385 and 1836.

After forty years of restoration work, in 2009 the Mu. MA reopened the Commenda to the public, organising a “museum-theatre” exhibition with the strong message that “Nobody should feel a stranger in Genoa”. A multimedia instalment animates the ancient walls, bringing back to life the characters of Genoese, Latin, Frankish, Muslim, and Jewish medieval history.

Praised in international tourist guides, the building is a suggestive space for cultural meetings, conferences, art exhibitions and gala dinners.

Opening hours

November to April
Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)
Saturday, Sunday and holidays  10am to 7 pm (last admision 6.30 pm)

May to October
Tuesday  2 pm - 5 pm  (last admission 4.30 pm)
Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm (last admission16,30)
Thurday - Sunday and Holidays 10am - 7 pm (last admission 6.30 pm)

Monday closed


- Full price € 5.00

- Reduced  € 3.00

- Reduced for over 65 years old  € 3.00

- Gratis for visitors with Galata Museo del Mare tichet, UE citizens  0 - 18 years and  residents in the city of Genua on Sunday

Accessibility, reservations and useful info

The structure is accessible to wheelchairs.

From via Gramsci you walk a rather steep descent leading to the porch. The existing steps can be overcome via ramps.
On the ground floor there is an accessible toilet.

The tour takes you along two exhibition floors connected by an elevator accessible to the manual wheelchairs, one of which is supplied with the Museum.
In front of the Command, side street east, there are three reserved parking for the disabled.

How to book: 
Booking on line 

Useful info: 


Piazza della Commenda, 16126 Genoa, Italy


The Commenda Museum-Theatre
Ph. +39 010 5573681 (Ticket Office)
e-mail:   -  

Mu.MA - Institution Museums of the Sea and Migration
Ph. +39 010 2512435 - +39 010 2514760
fax +39 010 2543908
Marina Mannucci   

Parrocchia San Giovanni Evangelista di Prè