Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, Bologna

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Set on a hill nearly 300 m (984 ft) high near Bologna, Santuario di Madonna di San Luca features a basilica built over six centuries housing an icon of the Virgin Mary. Pass through 3.5 km (2.17 mi) of roofed arcades built over the basilica's path. The church's ornate interior includes grand pillars and intricate frescoes. Admire views of Bologna, the Appenine Mountains, and the countryside as you climb to the summit. The ascent by foot is long and strenuous, so you may prefer to come by car. Using our international travel planner, Bologna attractions like Santuario di Madonna di San Luca can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A visit to this church shouldn't be missed if you visit Bologna. Ideally, you should go by foot (or jog your way to the top, like so many locals do) - that way you'll also experience another great...  more »
  • A beautiful 3.8 km hike along the endless porticoes, culminate in the sanctuary. Hike on a sunny day. Enjoy the view. Biblical paintings along the porticoes illustrate various christian events. The...  more »
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  • We drove up here from the centre of Bologna, and it took about 15 minutes to navigate the windy, scenic roads. The views from the top are incredible, especially of the surrounding countryside. If you want to get the best views of the Sanctuary itself then they can be seen from 50 m down the road and back towards Bologna. There is also a toilet that can be used with a €0.5 donation.
  • A beautiful and historic church located outside of Bologna. We took the local city bus to visit here, with the journey and accompanying audio guide being very good. The church itself was closed when we arrived so we explored the grounds until it opened. The exterior alone is impressive and the upper levels allow for magnificent views. While Bologna has many impressive church's this has to be one of the most, if not the most spectacular and moving. The frescos are true works of art. Go on a week day to experience it with fewer people.

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