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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
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Ranked #10 of 127 attractions in Bologna
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Although it is possible to take a bus, it's actually a pretty gentle walk to the top if you take your time. Be sure to enter the Santuario when you reach the top and also take some time to enjoy the grounds.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It is the longest walk but well worth it! You see a lot of people running up and down. Make sure you take a close look at the walls for the artwork. The church at the top was beautiful and the surrounding landscape.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The four kilometers of porticos leading up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna is one of the most spectacular walks I've ever taken. The experience is beautiful architecturally, historically, and visually, as you wend your way up a hill to the church. As you climb, you are treated to wonderful views of Bologna and summit at the entrance to an... More

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a beautiful church perched on the top of the hill just outside Bologna There are beautiful paintings and marble decoration inside. But the view outside is also part of the attraction. And then there is the walk..... If you are truly fit you can do it both ways both up and down. We cheated and took the taxi... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

From the Saragozza gate, it's a 3.5km walk up to the church at San Luca. But it's a worthy experience. As well as some good exercise, you'll feel the change in tempo as you rise above the bustle of the town, feel the cool and silence of the stone portico, and escape into something slightly zenlike. It's a gentle stroll... More

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Busselton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We wanted to do this walk on Sunday and it was the last day in Bologna for us. At 6am we started out and it was a 2 KLM walk from our apartment to the beginning of the walk. One of the great things is that it is totally covered and so you do not have a chance to get... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I walked the Portico to San Luca at the very end of January and I absolutely loved it. I was on TripAdvisor myself a few weeks ago reading these reviews and wondering if I could do it. I havent been exercising the last few months, but I did it! It was a bit of a workout, but nothing most people... More

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Hefei
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

If you wish to gain a fine view of Bologna’s historic city centre and perhaps overcome a claustrophobia caused by the nearly 40 kilometres of porticoed sidewalks, climb the hill to this church whose location bridges town and country. Mind you negotiating the 666 porticoes (really, for a religious site?) to reach the top requires a workout but then your... More

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

You can get the little open train from Bologna - about 5 or 6 euros but worth it, then walk back down under the portici. The views are lovely and definitely worth the effort.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

A long hard uphill walk, which takes you past some very interesting parts of town, like Via Senzanome(Street with no Name) past the football stadium and up into the Bologna hills. The church itself hasn't a lot going for it, but the countryside views are wonderful,as is the sense of achievement of the climb

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