We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051-22-5442
Update attraction details
Ranked #18 of 127 attractions in Bologna
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
93 visitor photos
Write a Review

402 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    205
    156
    31
    6
    4
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

When one looks at the exterior of this church, it is hard to imagine the beautiful interior that you will see once you enter. There are numerous highlights, but the most significant is the Chapel of the Magi. The frescos and the altar are true works of priceless art. Entry to the Basilica is free. I will cost 2 Euro... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Texas, United States
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This Basilica houses an invaluable number of treasures such as the largest sundial ever made, the wonderful "S" Rocco and the marvelous Bolognini Chapel.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stevenage, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This stunning church is situated on the Piazza Maggiore. There had been restoration work being done to the front so there was still scaffolding coming down very slowly when we were there. Inside it is very light and open. There is a sundial with a hole for the sun to shine through onto a brass line on the floor to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

At the time of our visit the outside of the church was under reconstruction, so the whole fassade was hidden. But inside in the Capella dei Magi are excellent early renessance frescoes by Giovanni da Modena that are really worth visit (entrance fee 2€).

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

As others have mentioned, the sheer size of this structure is amazing. It's free to enter, but without any signage at all (let alone English), it's easy to miss worthwhile sightings. Be sure you read a guidebook in advance (or at least wikipedia) so as not to miss things like the fourth chapel's "Heaven and Hell" with a very creepy... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
43 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Sadly, no pictures inside, really none, but massive gorgeous cathedral with wonderful imposing windows. Just awe inspiring. Worth the trip to Bologna alone.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Yerevan, Armenia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This enormous church dominates the city centre, it's dimensions are staggering and the darkness of the interior terrifying. Nevertheless, this is one of the pearls of the city as it has ancient history and exquisite architecture.Of particular interest is the chapel called la Cappella dei Re Magi. You need to pay 3 euros to enter, but it's well worth it... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Siggiewi, Malta
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

....There are no words to describe the feeling and awe when entering this magnificent church... Unfortunately it's not allowed to take photos in this church, as the paintings need preserving. Although I do understand this, the photographer side of me was slightly disappointed. Even from the outside of the church you can tell that this church is enormous, but as... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

A beautiful Basilica. Unfortunately, you can't take photographs but as the art work needs preserving that's understandable. The building and it's contents were beautiful. We were in and out in under 10 minutes though so you don't need long to have a look around.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
47 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This cathedral was quite interesting but I really enjoyed the climb and especially the view from the scaffolding that has been erected on the front of the cathedral

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Basilica di San Petronio also viewed

Bologna, Province of Bologna
Bologna, Province of Bologna
 
Bologna, Province of Bologna
Bologna, Province of Bologna
 

Been to Basilica di San Petronio? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Basilica di San Petronio, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing