Diego Armando Maradona Tour, a circuit through the neighborhoods that pay homage to the Argentine idol, known throughout the world!
On November 25, 2020, Diego Maradona left earthly life, to the surprise of the whole world. He is one of the biggest idols and the strongest personalities in Argentina. Before his departure, the sadness was general, so there are plenty of reasons to remember and honor him.
That is why we want you to know those places that were part of the story of his life. In addition to touring the most outstanding and important sites for Diego, you will be able to visit different neighborhoods and continue touring the corners of the city.
The first starting point is the Argentinos Juniors Stadium, located at Gavilán 2151. It is the first club in which Maradona played as a professional in 1976. The stadium has its own museum with all the trophies and awards that Maradona achieved during his time at the Club. At the time of his death, countless fans and devotees attended this stadium to bring an offering to the idol. For this very reason, the leadership of Argentinos Juniors decided to open the Maradona Sanctuary, with benches as if it were a church and a giant mural of Diego. A few meters from the stadium, you will find a bronze statue, in Gavilán and Álvarez Jonte streets. It is a gift from the neighborhood in honor of Maradona. In turn, you will see that all the walls of the Argentinos Juniors stadium are painted with murals that represent different moments in Diego’s life, as well as representations of his parents (Tota and Diego), drawings of Diego with the ball, with the Argentina shirt and even lifting the 86 World Cup victoriously.
After visiting this Sanctuary and non-stop homage, we are going to move to Lascano 2257, to tour the Diego Maradona House-Museum. This house was where Diego lived with his family between 1978 and 1980. It is literally his house, turned into a museum, a few meters from the Argentinos Juniors field. After Maradona’s debut in 1976, the leaders of the club at that time decided to buy him this house. At present, the original furniture, as well as its decoration, remain intact. In addition, you will find the piano that Diego used to play at that time. You can visit this museum, which will take you back some 40 years in history, but it is worth visiting. Here we leave you the website to book your ticket to the world of Diego Maradona.
Now, we are going to move from the neighborhood to Retiro, specifically to San Martín 1035. Here is the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament and you are surely wondering why we would visit a church. And the answer is that it was here where Diego Maradona married the renowned Claudia Villafañe, his first wife and mother of the famous daughters: Dalma and Giannina. In addition to being the church where Diego got married, it is a building built in 1914 and considered one of the most luxurious and oldest in Buenos Aires. Its eclectic style deserves you to see it!
As it is vox populi, Diego Armando Maradona has the Boca Juniors Club as his immortal love. Therefore, it is impossible for us not to visit the Stadium on our tour! For that, we must go to the neighborhood of La Boca and visit the stadium known worldwide as “La Bombonera”. Here, Maradona played between 1981 and 1982, returning in 1995 for two more years. In 1997, Diego decided to retire from soccer wearing the colors he always loved: blue and yellow. In order to get to La Bombonera, you must go to Brandsen 805, quite close to Retiro if you previously went to the Basilica. In the case of this stadium, its entire infrastructure is a museum to which thousands of tourists and fans come to visit its stands, dressing rooms and even the box from where Diego encouraged his immense love. Inside the stadium, you will be able to visit the Museum of the Boca Juniors Passion, covering 100 years of the history of the Boca Juniors Club, with all the players that were part of its history, as well as the evolution of the shirt.
We invite you to join our Free Tours around the city here, to learn more about the history of the Buenos Aires neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods that have the most history about Diego Armando Maradona are Paternal and La Boca. For this reason, we recommend that you open your eyes wide to be dazzled by the infinite murals that decorate and color the walls of these neighborhoods.
We leave you some of the best so that you do not miss the opportunity to see them:
- La Boca, corner of Juan de Dios Filiberto and Brandsen streets: Giant mural of Maradona lifting the World Cup, playing with the Argentina shirt, with the Boca Juniors shirt and shouting a goal. It is located right in front of La Bombonera.
- La Boca, between Aristóbulo del Valle and Irala: The goal impossible to forget from the 86 World Cup with the word “D10S” (God).
- La Boca, Aristóbulo del Valle 50: Maradona dressed as a Saint.
- Paternal, Boyacá 2145: On the walls of the Argentinos Juniors stadium, it is one of the most visited by fans.
- Paternal, corner of Boyacá and San Blas: The title of this beautiful work is “Pride of a neighborhood”, where Maradona has the Argentinos Juniors shirt.
- Paternal, between Álvarez Jonte and Linneo: One of the tallest and best-known murals in the neighborhood, is located in the Maradona House Museum. It is 11 meters high, painted on the terrace of the building and can be seen from the street.
- Paternal, corner of Av. San Martín and Miguel Ángel: “Land of God” is the title of this work where Maradona is seen wearing the Argentinos shirt.
Without a doubt, Diego Armando Maradona was much more than just a professional soccer player. It is a cultural, urban and sports legend; a symbol that knows no borders, even more than a media character. He managed to make Argentina known throughout the world. Idol of the masses, honored around the city and the country, because every corner of Argentina carries the number 10, which is equal to Diego, equal to D10S (God).