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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

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Address: Via di S. Luca 36, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +390516142339
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Beautiful and simple church on a hill

This is one of the less elaborately decorated churches that we've been in Italy, but the (relative) simplicity does not take away its beauty. San Luca is worshipped by many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Guangzhou, China

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the less elaborately decorated churches that we've been in Italy, but the (relative) simplicity does not take away its beauty. San Luca is worshipped by many locals. While it is possible to take a bus up the hill from Piazza Maggiore, it can be a very pleasant walk from the city center under the signature portico.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We set out early one morning from the southern outskirts of Bologna to walk up to this church and experience the walk under the porticos. We like to be active, so didn't find the walk too challenging but it's a steady incline for about 30-40mins. (Doesn't stop locals from jogging past you!) Once at the top, you get a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been there by car but you can go there by stairs also in a "portico" - around 3 - 4 km. The place is nice and the views are spectacular in a sunny day.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd had a long-running hankering to hike the covered walkway up the hill from Via Saragozza outside the city center. The walk is not for the light hearted! It's (obviously) all uphill, with ample stairs. There's a special tourist bus that can be taken nearby, and I took advantage of it for the return. It was a beautiful day and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to do the portico walk from town to the church - amazing. Wear comfortable shoes as it is a fair walk. Take a picnic on a nice day and sit in the sun on the hill.

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Arthog, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What makes this a memorable attraction is the walk up to it. The current basilica which houses the icon of the Madonna sits on top of the hill Colle della Guardia and although there is a bus service that carries visitors to the top, it is much more satisfying to do as the locals do, and take the porticoed walk.... More 

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose to climb the portico/steps up to this wonderful church. The view is breath-taking, and we received a better idea of the varied areas of this classic city. We also walked down and followed the portico to the end. This was a challenge, but it is possible to rest on the way up or take the climb slowly to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a great meal at Il Posto the previous evening, we needed some exercise.so a trip to Basilica San Luca seemed an ideal way to do this. A word of warning - this is a long walk and it's uphill all the way. The walk is worth it as the porticos bring the city into the countryside and the views... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We took a cab up and walked down within the portico. Much more civilized way to do the trip. The church is closed from 12:30 to 2:30, so plan accordingly. Magnificent alter. A lovely quiet spot to relax and soak in Bologna's history and beauty.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Having read the reviews we decided the climb up the steps would be too hard on our last day in this vibrant city so we took a taxi to the top and walked down. Well worth it on both counts. The taxi was called to our hotel so cost a bit more but 20 euros. There is a steep rpad... More 

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