Nestled between the mountains of the Ligurian Apennines, Sassello is a town of about 2,000 inhabitants. It is located in the hinterland of the province of Savona, 400 meters above sea level, but the municipal area climbs up to 1287 meters of Mount Beigua.

It has a small, but lively old town center, rich cultural traditions, a prosperous economy, and in 1999, first among Italian municipalities, it was awarded the prestigious Orange Flag, for the excellence of its environmental tourism. Rich in history, it is renowned for its characteristic macaroons and for the exquisite porcini mushrooms, but today Sassello is known throughout the world especially because Chiara Badano was born right here. And this town – “My little Switzerland” – she loved to call it when it snowed – she loved it so much, because it was her land, her people.

In accordance with the Bishop and the Pastor of Sassello, any pilgram groups must complete the appropriate form, which can be found in this website. It will be administered by the Foundation who will coordinate the witnesses that will guide the group.  This takes place in full collaboration with the Pastor and the town of Sassello.  This occurs so that anyone visiting may have, in addition to a fitting welcome, the opportunity to meet witnesses directly related to Chiara and her story.

Map and places


1. Holy Trinity Parish – 2. Chiara Luce Badano’s house – 3. S. Antonio Casa di Riposo hospital – 4. Bar Gina – 5. Cemetery and Chiara Luce Badano’s gravesite – 6. Church and Saint Rocco square – 7. Immaculate Conception church – 8. Toward St. John’s church – 9. Kindergarten – 10. Elementary and Middle School gym