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Basilica di San Petronio

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Address: Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 051 231415
7:45 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Fabulous cathedral

A spectacular cathedral, huge, gorgeous inside. You climb many stairs to her door, but the effort is worth it. The interior is opulent and make sure you wear something on your... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bucharest, Romania
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A spectacular cathedral, huge, gorgeous inside. You climb many stairs to her door, but the effort is worth it. The interior is opulent and make sure you wear something on your shoulders.

Thank Hoinara
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Situated in the city centre it is easy to find. it is a massive building that has many points of interest. Look for the sun time for mid-day situated in the ceiling. We missed it on the first visit.

Thank Malcolm W
Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are so many points of interest wandering through the streets of Bologna.. This is another of them. The architecture and sculptures are typical of the era.

Thank JillF309
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The outside of the basilica isn't much to look at, but worth the visit once inside. The interior of the cathedral is cavernous and stunning, with lovely stations (currently renovating a few). There was no charge to enter - only a minimal (1 euro) fee to take pictures (we visited off-peak, not sue if the same applies during peak).

Thank Guy N
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside facade was never fully finished and they have kept it that way. Makes it very unique. Inside not many frescos or details. The best is the Meridian line where the sun will hit at noon. To take pictures inside cost is 2 euro and to see close up the chapel also costs 3 euro. We didn't pay, just... More 

Thank Kathryn G
Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unexpected, because it doesn't look so impressive from the outside. On the inside, however it is a very beautiful, richly decorated building, with some interesting features, such as some family altars, and the meridian drawn on the floor.

Thank Maria D
Quincy, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After enjoying the Piazza Maggiore, be sure not to miss this amazing piece of architecture and history in Bolgona. While you have to pay a small fee (three euros towards the restoration fund) in order to take photos it is highly worth it.

Thank Ray T
Athens, Greece
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the entrance l asked if there is a ticket and they told me...of course not...it's a church! Inside l paid 2 € in order to take pictures! Then I discovered that l had to pay 3€ to see the chapel of Magi, 0,20 € to switch on the lights to see an other chapell, 0,50€ to see the collection... More 

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Dear YANNIS-K66, we really regret you didn't enjoy our visit to the Basilica. All the expenses to manage, maintain and restore a church full of art and history such as San Petronio are paid by the Basilica itself without any public funding. Instead of putting an entrance ticket for everyone as it happens in several churches in Italy and abroad,... More 

Tirana, Albania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beloved main church of Bologna is full of history, including the largest sundial in the world, according to our guide, and a fresco in a side chapel on the eastern wall which inspired both Dante (to artistic greatness) and ISIS (to terroristic threats which compel the Italian Army and the Carabinieri to protect the place). A must-do if you... More 

Thank dxmyekat
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is Bologna's main church and is located in the Piazza Maggiore. Strange looking exterior as it is unfinished. Worth a trip inside to see the ornate interior. It is home to the world's longest indoor meridian line, which was designed in the 1600s by a professor of astronomy at the University of Bologna. Interesting stuff.

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