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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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My wife and I hiked from the Saragozza gate and found it to be quite nice. You can follow the porticos the whole way which is a very neat experience. If you're in moderate to good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I hiked from the Saragozza gate and found it to be quite nice. You can follow the porticos the whole way which is a very neat experience. If you're in moderate to good shape the walk is brisk but doable however if you aren't up for sweating the bus may be a better option for you. I... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I took the San Luca Express tourist tram up the hill from Piazza Maggiore as it was quite warm. Comfortable ride up the hill along the porticoed pathway. Visiting the basilica is relatively short, with an interesting history and a very nice view over the city. Walking down the pathway was a good easy hike even on a warm day.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Got the tourist train up, hell of walk otherwise in the heat. Wasn't worth it. Commentary poor, no views as all blocked by trees, church is a church and not very exciting and the building and surrounds could so with some TLC. The porticoes going up are covered in graffiti for some of the way. Wish we hadn't bothered to... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Nice walk up the hill. Definitely recommended over taking the bus or a car. If you're not religious it may be a little disappointing as the painting where all the fuss is about is not very pretty. But the church is nice and the walk up there too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Because of its distance from the city centre, I hesitated for really long before deciding to include it into our packed one-day trip in Bologna. Luckily, I was really attracted by the long Portico and went eventually. How to get there We caught the San Luca Express at the Piazza Maggiore (timetable here: http://cityredbus.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/ORARI-TRENINO-ESTATE-2015.jpg) and went all the way up... More 

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

You need to be fit and have good pair of shoes to complete this walk. While it is only 3.5 km each way. This starts about 1 mile outside of the city. Great views. Church is truly impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Lovely basilica at 1 hour by foot from Bologna center. You can reach it also by a little touristic train from the main square. The walkway is the longest in Bologna. The church is rinch in paintings and it is famous for the Madonna di San Luca a wooden tablet venerated by the local comunity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We really enjoyed our walk from the city up to the Basilica, walking under the 666 arches of the covered walkway all the way to the top. It was hot work walking up in the heat but still very enjoyable. The Basilica at the top is 'average' (if you can label such a thins as average) but the views and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

You shouldn't miss this, and I would recommend the 3km hike if your legs allow it. The views from the Basilica are well worth it, capturing the city as well as the hills and plains beyond. If you don't fancy the 6km round trip, there is a land-train which costs 20EUR round trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I have read that this is the single longest portico in the world. Not sure if that is true or not but it is rather long. If you go in the heat of the day take water with you. There is water at the top but the hike itself is moderately strenuous and you will sweat. There are some great... More 

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