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Basilica di San Petronio

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Neighborhood: San Vitale
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Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051-22-5442
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Huge ancient and imptessive view from the top

Its upper part not covered in marble due to financial issues, yet it adds a lot to its old and impressive appearance next to the old city hall. For a few euros one can climb up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Its upper part not covered in marble due to financial issues, yet it adds a lot to its old and impressive appearance next to the old city hall. For a few euros one can climb up and see Bologna from above, at specific hours

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Downtown Bologna, this Basilica was really neat to see. Not allowed to take pictures inside unless you give donation. Is near shops and restaurants.

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Thank mike p
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This cathedral is in the main square of Bologna, is very famous and the outside steps are people's favourite sitting spot.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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330 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very impressive church right in the centre of Bologna. It only takes a few minutes of your visit to this town so please pop inside to experience the workmanship and the dedication of the men you worked on this masterpiece with minimal tools.

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Thank Clare F
Manila, Philippines
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a lot of story to tell. Any tour guide would be happy how the failure to finish the church is related to the establishment of the university. Difficult to mis..

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Thank backpacker1023
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most amazing gothic church that I ever seen in Italy!!! If you visit Bologna you have to go here

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Thank Andrea O
Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful churches in the world! I was totally blown away by the depth of character and preservation of this church. I paid €2 to take photos and donated some money and lit a candle. Make sure you check out the museum inside the church towards the back. Words can't describe it.

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Thank AMarganis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very impression structure from the outside because it looks like an oversized house. Doesn't have a ramp so wheelchairs and strollers are hard to get up there. The inside is just plain and simple, no ceiling paintings like other churches.

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Thank Jonay A
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This basilica has more relics than almost ever other basilica. It is huge and beautiful and right in the center of town. The experience is pay for what you use. It's free to enter, but $2 to take pictures. I think there were a couple of other things you could by. At 12:16 the sundial lines up and we got... More 

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Thank Michelle K
Atlanta
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433 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Basilica di San Petronio is the focal point Piazza Maggiore and the main church of Bologna. And quite a large one at that. Having just come from Milan, I didn't find this church as impressive as the Duomo, especially the exterior. It's much less decorative and could at first glance be mistaken for something other then a church. At the... More 

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