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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 #10 of 134 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Pitesti, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Although it was a long way walking until the hill were this santuario is located, it was worth every single minute. Walking through the portico, realxing in the church's garden or sightseeing the city were all activities done with joy because of the beautiful soroundings that are near at all times. I totally recomend a trip to this place, even... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

After years of talking about it we finally made the walk up to San Luca. It's 660 Porticos stretching 3.6 kms is no stroll in the park. We are reasonably fit but the upward climb and many steps provided a good workout! Note there is also a tour bus that shuttles back and forth to the top and the Bologna... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was a good way of seeing the city and getting some exercise to work off all the pasta fat. The porticos along the way are a great way of avoiding too much sun or rain. At the top, it is quite peaceful and a nice place to take a break before the long walk back down.

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Lexington MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

San Luca, high on a hill, is reached via the world's longest portico, the climb punctuated by occasional flights of stairs. The route winds around the hillside, offering lovely views of the landscape as you climb. The portico means that those approaching on foot are sheltered from the sun and the rain, though a nice day is best for this... More

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Taking bus nr 20 the busstop Melonchello you " only" have to walk the steep bit of the arches, fr 327(?) to 666 . Well worth it! But it IS sweaty so be prepared with waterbottles! The church is beautiful( smaller and more intimate than other) and the view amazing (even if the weather isnt perfect)!! Well worth a visit!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We walked up and down the beautiful portico up to San Luca. It was a workout.I was the eldre of the group and did not get short of breath.I did sweat alot.Worth every drop.Gorgeous view .Beautiful church.A must do if you are in Bologna.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Unfortunately we arrived to late so we didn't go inside but it was still a great experience. The sanctuary is just beautiful and it's worth the climb. We walked only half of the way up and it was a great walk. The path is so pretty, definitely one of the prettiest sights in Bologna. What's not so great is that... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Loved the portico walk back but take a taxi up or the bus if you are not super fit. Incredible vistas on both sides of town and country and the interior is very beautiful.

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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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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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