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Basilica San Francesco

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Address: Piazza S. Francesco, 14, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051221762
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Unassuming and peaceful.................

This is not a church you find easily because it is a little outside the main cluster of attractions in Bologna but it is well worth visiting for its awe-inspiring architecture and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
Arthog, United Kingdom

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Arthog, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is not a church you find easily because it is a little outside the main cluster of attractions in Bologna but it is well worth visiting for its awe-inspiring architecture and calm interior. The front façade is very impressive and the piazza in front allows you to step back and really appreciate its size and style. Inside the church... More 

1 Thank lizrowley
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

In the midst of grand churches that defy gravity and challenge the imagination, this is a more personal church that is quiet and personally inviting. Persons who love to quietly walk Bologna and are open to inspecting everything on the way will really enjoy this church.

Thank maryfort c
Rowayton, Connecticut
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

A beautiful church but we really enjoyed the piazza at night. We ate nearby lots of local joints and then ended up hanging outside in the piazza with the locals at night, very relaxing and enjoyable.

Thank PopeyeCT
Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

It is on a very nice square, where the tomb of the Glossatori are. A simple facade and a beautiful inside with a lot of art works.

Thank 545medva
Tortona, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,008 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This basilica at first glance it's a simple church, instead turns out one of the first examples of Gothic style in Italy, built around AD 1200, only 800 years ago...it still here, majestic with its striking brick façade. The interior is also very big, big but once inside the church inside is a bit 'empty. Dedicated to St. Francis, is... More 

1 Thank Magellano81
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

After looking at the tombs of the Glosatiori behind the church notice the animal casting on the railings leading round to the doors. Inside this church offers a calm retreat from the bustle of Bologna.

Thank Stuart F
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

After visiting so many religious sites in italy, this one i just found to be ok... its nice to sit in this on the way to something else to cool down in the AC.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

A very interesting interior, that seems to over power you. It was good to sit in the quiet for a while and just take in the surroundings.

Thank Traveller1939
Bologna, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This medieval church has an impressive facade and a very nice square. There are also some monumental graves of the first professors of the University of Bologna (and therefore of the world). It's a very 'bolognese' experience to have an aperitivo/glass of wine/beer/ice-cream sitting at the patios of the bars on this square, at the sunset - when the light... More 

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