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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

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 (Santo Stefano)
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Ranked #11 of 133 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The road to San Luca is a long one and only for those who are prepared for a real climb! As two 24 year olds it took us over 2 hours to walk from Piazza Maggiore up to the cathedral through all 666 porticos! It is a long and hard walk up the hill but worth it for the view... More

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Gold Beach, OR
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We had a private bus take us to San Luca so can't comment on the long walk. The story of San Luca began with the daughter of a wealthy family who owned the land. Angelica climbed to the top of the hill to study and find God. She and another woman built a convent, a monastery and a small church.... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Find a nice day (not difficult in Bologna usually!) and take the time to walk up through all the porticoes to the top. It's a nice walk, and you're rewarded with excellent views over the city and a good bit of exercise. The views at the top are well worth the climb, especially if you take a picnic up and... More

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Painswick
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The reviews of the climb up 3.8 kms of colonade convinced us to hail a taxi, not to mention the 37 degree heat! We enjoyed the views and the interior of the church. The walk down to Bologna was easy and enjoyable

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Brasov, Brasov, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We started to go up at the porticoe number 300, I think. Half of them are in the city. You should take at least a bottle of water if it's summer, even though sometimes you can feel the cold air through the columns. The sanctuary was closed but the view it's worth it.You can see the hills around Bologna and... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Unluckily I found it closed, however thanks to the beautiful day I enjoyed the panorama offered by this nice spot. Back to the city, we walk through the hundreds porticoes and it is a pity that some of them are not well preserved.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Went 2 times to Bologna and noticed San Luca from my hotel's window every time. Thought I had to visit the place and did it on Easter. Even if it was sunny (a bit hot) and was not in great shape, I did manage the 666 porticoes and multiple steps and felt rewarded when at the church. If the idea... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We walked from the train station through Bologna and up to the Santuario di Madonna di San Luca (and back). The initial walk through town gave us a good overview of several neighborhoods in the city. But, the best was the climb to the top. It was great to see people of all ages and both locals and tourists making... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My husband and I decided to do this walk this morning. We took the #20 bus from center of town to melloncello stop which left a little more than half of the hike--all of the up hill portion. It was about a mile up to the top, which had a lovely view of the suburbs and hillside. It is quite... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Yes, it's all about the trek up, avoid weekends, and start early.It's around 3.5 clicks. Take plenty of water - there's no vending machines or ice cream salesmen at the top (Thank god). I guarantee you'll feel better about yourself for doing it. You'll also enjoy that coffee much more when you finally make it back down to Via Saragozza!

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