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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

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Address: Via di S. Luca 36, Bologna, Colle della Guardia, altezza n° 289, fuori porta Saragozza, Via di S. Luca 36, Parrocchia S. Maria di Casaglia Bologna, Italy
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Crikey, what a climb!!

We 4 60+ friends walked from our hotel in the student quarter of Bologna, across the city to start the 650 portico climb up to the Santuario, so we'd already had quite a walk to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Bristol, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We 4 60+ friends walked from our hotel in the student quarter of Bologna, across the city to start the 650 portico climb up to the Santuario, so we'd already had quite a walk to start off, plus we wandered off course, which added extra steps to our journey! The arcaded journey is so impressive, like nothing we've seen, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It was a challenge to get here, I knew there were 666 portico but don't be fooled by the flat stroll through the first 300, when you get to the old city walls the climb starts. The church in lovely and the grounds around it are well kept, there are lovely views to be enjoyed too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

...but the long walk from town under the portico, and the nice view of the hills are definitely great! The walk may be challenging, you're going uphill and it becomes steep as you progress, but it is worth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Make sure you pick a sunny day - which is often the case in Bologna - and you're all set! Best would be to take the long walk up - under the ancient porticos - many giant but easy stairs will swing you up to the top of the hill of San Luca. A fantastic panoramic walk. The sanctuary is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We would recommend being idle and getting the little train up from the Piazza Maggiore, then walking down the 2.4km portico back, the views from the Sanctuary are excellent and it gives a glimpse back into church history, what more could you want? And if you are infirm or just idle the train comes back, for no extra than the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This 'stroll' from the east gate into Bologna up to the church at the top of the hill is about 4k, or in portico arch terms (650). The first 2k are flat, the second two uphill, but what views, and how righteous do you feel T the top. Time your walk to not arrive at the start of siesta time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Yes it's is long stroll up hill, but what a great experience. And what a view! Take the number 20 bus to Meloncello. As one exists the bus "the stoll" begins. Suggestion - take your rest when needed San Lucas will be waiting for you. I saw people in their 70's doing the passeggiata, slow very slow, but they arrived... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We walked from the east side of Bologna and if you are not fit I would advise you to take the 20 bus to the foot or the tourist bus which goes all the way up. If you are walking keep to the arches as there is a sign for the Santurio but that is for cars. It is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

There is a 4.5 km walk up to this attraction under covered porticos. The last few kms are very steep with lots of steps so you would need to be fit. Wo took the little tourist train from piazza Maggiore and walked back which was really pleasant. We went on a Sunday so there was a church service on, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

...We went to see the famous "Black Madonna" painting (she is more of a light tan I would say). Went on the dotto- train - definitely better than the 5km walk from the town, 2km of which is all uphill... Really lovely views, interesting church and we arrived just as a service was starting. Bear in mind if you want... More 

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