Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca

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  • Address: Via di San Luca, 36, 40135 Bologna, Italy
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 39051-6142339
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, View Point, Walking Area, Architecture , Hill, Picnic Spot, Cathedral

In the outskirts of bologna is this tranquil church on the hilltop which houses representation of the Virgin Mary transported from the Middle East to bologna in the 12th century. The basilica is connected to the city through the world’s longest portico; resting on 666 arches and starting from Piazza di Porta Saragozza- stunning architecture!

The place is easily accessible from city through a bus route; followed by a 2km walk to reach the church. Alternately you can consider hiking up the church which is traditional pilgrim spot.

Church flaunts the design of Carlo Francesco Dotti and his son Giovanni Giacomo, interiors are decorated by art work of Domenico Pestrini, Donato Creti, Guido Reni, Giuseppe Maria Mazza, Guercino and Angelo Pio to name some. 

If you are not much intrigued by the religious aspect of the church still the hike is worth visit, the 3.5 km walk is not difficult at all and the shade from the portico helps avoid the heat. Make sure you carry lots of water and use the washroom beforehand since there are no cafes on site, moreover the walk may get a bit challenging with strollers and for disabled as it gets steep at times.

Pack some lunch, wear comfortable shoes and have your own picnic on the top see the other side of bologna. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Bologna itinerary 3 days.

  • Carry lots of water.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Can get challenging with strollers and wheelchair.
  • No cafes on the site.

  • Bus- 72 meters, line: 58.

  • Pizzeria Vito - San Luca

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  • Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca Address: Via di San Luca, 36, 40135 Bologna, Italy
  • Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca Contact Number: 39051-6142339
  • Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca Timing: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca(preferred time): 07:00 am - 09:00 am
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  • 53.95% of people who visit Bologna include Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca in their plan

  • 58% of people start their Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca visit around 07 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

91.23% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca

People normally club together Basilica San Francesco Or Chiesa Di San Francesco and Laghetto Di San Nicolo Di Varignana while planning their visit to Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca.

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  • The walk and last uphill climb from the centre of Bologna to the Sanctuary is really worth it. The Sanctuary itself is magnificent and the view is unbelievable. We bought a 'packed lunch' before we left Bologna and ate it at the very top in the sun. Highly recommend one to visit!!

  • Love it. It's uphill. You've a great view from there. And, if you happen to be in Bologna, I believe you should definitely visit here. You can take a bus that directly takes you to the top whilst telling you about it's significance and history.

  • It's a hike uphill but it's worth the effort. Get a ticket and climb more steps to the roof. A spectacular view awaits you.

  • Absolutely loved the long hike up the hill. The view from top of the church was breathtaking. A must visit for all the people who come to Bologna.

  • The walk will give you the best experience, but bear in mind that it's strenuous. You will need water, especially when it's warm. Once on the top the view is spectacular and so is the church. Friendly people are waiting to help you. You can buy a ticket to the roof terrace. This means you have to climb more stairs in a small stairway. On the top you can borrow binoculars to view the city and the surroundings.

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