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Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 231415
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“meridian line” (52 reviews)
“take photos” (52 reviews)
“sun dial” (17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Santo Stefano
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+39 051 231415
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"meridian line"
in 52 reviews
"take photos"
in 52 reviews
"sun dial"
in 17 reviews
"heaven and hell"
in 14 reviews
"dante's inferno"
in 8 reviews
"biggest church"
in 8 reviews
"stained glass windows"
in 7 reviews
"largest sundial"
in 7 reviews
"side chapels"
in 19 reviews
"sheer size"
in 11 reviews
"san petronio"
in 32 reviews
"big church"
in 12 reviews
"beautiful interior"
in 9 reviews
"patron saint"
in 15 reviews
"upper part"
in 7 reviews
"interesting history"
in 13 reviews
"the main square"
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Reviewed yesterday

Having visited Florence in 2017, I can only describe Bsilica di San Petronio as somwehat disappointing. The required payment for taking photo's is unusual.

Thank JamesH68
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The innside is more beautiful than the outside. A small fee must be payed for taking pictures, and it is worth it. Absolute worth a visit.

Thank Ann-Kristin V
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a complete surprise. The interior is very different from any other Italian church and the history of conflict with dictates from the papacy is also if great interest. There is a lovely chapel that can be visited for 3 euros and taking photographs...More

Thank Pantagraal
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Apparently this church, which was never finished, wasn't even consecrated until the 1950s. The outside is clearly unfinished, apparently because the Vatican could see that it was going to be bigger than St Peter's in Rome. Clearly the standard of work was going to be...More

Thank David M
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This basilica dominates Piazza Maggiore, the main tourist square, so you can’t miss it. A strange exterior look stem from the fact the it was never completed. The marble coating only made the lower half. Inside there are lots of different interesting bits to look...More

Thank Me L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful church overall, but do not miss the chapel of the magi, well worth the entry fee! This is entirely decorated with 15rh century painting, a real treasure!

Thank rgl201
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'll walk right by this on your way to the big Duomo if you come from the train station. GO IN! It's free and simply stunning. Don't miss it.

Thank skip15000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big beautiful Basillica on the Piazza San Maggiore. Huge on the inside with amazing decoration and artwork. Be sure to pay your 2 Euro so you can take Photographs.

Thank Lawrence O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was not so taken by the decoration or design....It is a bit of a big shed. But was is so remarkable is to think that that in the 1400's they could build a structure with such soaring heights in such a matter of fact...More

Thank CA108
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can’t miss this basilica - the 6th largest in Europe. The chapel of the magi (€3) is incredible as is the rest of the interior. Be sure to visit the treasury with its illuminated music books.

Thank Vsm09
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Dick T
December 6, 2017|
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Response from Dick T | Reviewed this property |
Apologies Michael A, I was responding to the denials given by the authorities. Can’t remove it, please ignore.
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