Here with you I feel good: it is my life to be with you

Valdocco Today

A dream that continues


Come and experience Don Bosco’s gratitude to the Mother of the Lord for the many “aids” received. Valdocco is both an interior journey and a Salesian mission.


Come and experience the “Salesian Bethlehem”, where in a family atmosphere you can touch love for young people up to rashness to save them.


Come and experience the main stages of the history of the oratory of San Giovanni Bosco. Valdocco is a crossroads of stories and paths of many men and women of God.

Schools and groups

Come and experience the courtyard where the dream of the nine years that has spread throughout the world has been realized. Valdocco is the origin of Don Bosco’s preventive system.

The Basilica

Mary, Help of Christians

The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians was born from the courage of Don Bosco and his great devotion to Our Lady. It is the heart of Salesian work. It is the place of the educational and spiritual maturity of the saint of young people. It contains the bodies of Don Bosco, of Santa Maria Domenica Mazzarello, co-founder with Don Bosco of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, of San Domenico Savio, and of the blessed salesians.

It was a task marked by extraordinary events and enormous difficulties: Don Bosco never tired of repeating that it was the Madonna who wanted the church and she herself, after having even indicated to him the place where it was supposed to rise, would also have found the necessary means .


The Salesin “Holy Land”

Here at Valdocco Don Bosco begins to transform “wolves into lambs”. A project that finds its first home in “Casa Pinardi”, then all over the world. The wolves, after having become lambs, are transformed into “pastors”: some of his first boys become Salesians. From Valdocco the educational ideal of Don Bosco is transformed into apostolic holiness. It is the heart of the Salesian work: from the humble roof of Casa Pinardi to the building of the Basilica in the place indicated by the Madonna. In addition to Don Bosco, Dominic Savio, Michele Rua, Maria Domenica Mazzarello, the benefactors and collaborators of the Salesian work of the origins are especially remembered here.

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