Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
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  • CabKings
    Tampa, Florida540 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    views from Bascilica are awesome. Pay $3 to see crypt, small and very cool temperature needed after climb.
    3 miles uphill and not an easy climb up the 700 feet above the city. Incredibly it is all h fee cover of a portico. Amazing experience and worth the effort. Please drive or ride up if you have health issues or age concerns. Then walk back down the under the portico. Beautiful views along the climb but especially at the top.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Karen H
    Preston, United Kingdom392 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adventure to get to uninspiring church with lovely views and a beautiful Madonna icon
    You can walk 4km under porticos up or down to/from the church on the hill. But it was 42degrees so we got the mini toy train from Piazza Maggiore. This has narrated journey so you know what you are looking at up and down. Church was a bit dull in reality. There is a gorgeous Madonna gilt icon behind the altar. But we paid 5euro to climb the spiral staircase to the viewing platform which was well worth it. Beautiful views down to Bologna and across mountains.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Duffman
    Davistown, Australia52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t give up! It’s worth the walk
    100% must do experience. We walked in from town and whilst it’s not really for the faint hearted the journey through the porticos is something to behold. The journey up (which never ends) is as spectacular as the journey down. Only bettered by the spritz and Moretti in town at the end of the trek to talk about the experience!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Tara
    Bath, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    On a hot day we decided to catch the land train from the Piazza Maggiore up to the church and then walk back down the hill through the porticos - it was amazing. The church at the top was fairly quiet inside and absolutely stunning. We then walked back down to the city centre under the shelter of the porticos enjoying the views and the odd painting or statue on the way. This is a must if you are visiting Bologna.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • andycoldham
    Crawley, United Kingdom979 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place in Bologna
    As we are knocking on a bit now we did take the land train to the Basilica, in both directions. It is nice ride through the town and when we saw how steep the hill was to the summit, we knew we made the right decision. The basilica itself has a fantastic position on the top of the hill overlooking Bologna, and the interior is superb, it has toilets if needed and it was well worth a visit as the interior of the building is just stunning.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • ErkiBear
    London, United Kingdom388 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful views of the countryside surrounding Bologna
    Caught the little road train from Piazza Maggiore to the Santuario as not sure we fancied the walk both ways as it was very hot. Great decision! The architecture of the sanctuario is beautiful and well worth the trip for the beautiful views of the countryside surrounding Bologna. Walked back to the city via the 4km long portico and thoroughly enjoyed it as there are interesting chapels to see on the way and it didn't feel too far - took us just over an hour before we stopped for a well deserved spritz and pizza!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • geniegal
    Melbourne, Australia650 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth The Trip
    Well worth the trip up. We are in our 70’s so didn’t do the long portico walk. Instead we went to Piazza Maggiore and caught the San Luca Express which is the little tourist train. Tickets are sold in the Piazza. From memory it was €12 per person with an additional €5 per person if you want to climb the 100 steps inside to the top of the dome. We did purchase the extra ticket and managed the climb fine. It is a very tight stone winding staircase and you go up and down the same way, however, there are large alcoves at intervals to pass or simply have a rest if you need it. The view from the top made it all worth it. The interior of the sanctuary is beautiful and at certain times you can go up and view the icon of the Virgin Mary and Child. The views from the garden and terrace out front are magnificent. Take some time to sit out front and enjoy this space. Even though we took the train up and back, we still got a good look at the portico as the train runs along side it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best visited by way of the portico lined walkway from city centre
    The San Luca Sanctuary is located a couple of km to the southwest of the city centre of Bologna and is connected by way of a 3.8 km long portico lined walkway. This is a basilica that a long history but the building you see today dates back to around 1723 and is Baroque in nature. It is open from 7am to 7pm daily (closes 30 minutes earlier between the months of October to March) and free to entry. San Luca is an impressive place to visit with a beautiful interior, particularly the elaborately decorated apse. However, it is the exterior, panoramic views from San Luca and the remarkable portico of San Luca path that you can walk up to and down from the sanctuary that is most memorable when it comes to the San Luca experience. This is a remarkable architectural structure and along with the many porticos in the city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2021). Note, there is a fun San Luca Express (Tourist Train) from Piazza Maggiore that you can use to visit San Luca if you don't want to walk up to the sanctuary.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,110 contributions
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    A visit to this sanctuary is a "must" for anyone coming to Bologna.
    This sanctuary is a landmark of Bologna, in the sense that anyone coming, by car or train, from the north, the west or the south, can consider themselves to have arrived in the city when they see the sanctuary standing out against the profile of the hill hosting it. The sanctuary isn't venerable for its antiquity (the current building dates back to the 18th century or later), but for its artistic value and symbolic strength at the same time. In fact, it was immediately destined to house an image of the Madonna which (as the name of the sanctuary indicates) is believed to have been painted by Saint Luke (1st century AD). It seems that the legend according to which the evangelist Luke produced portraits of the Madonna was born in the Byzantine context, to face the iconoclastic sect (8th century). The implication is that, if one of the evangelists has already depicted the Madonna with his consent, the production of sacred images has full legitimacy. The legend strengthened in the following centuries: in the city of Rome alone, seven canvases depicting the Madonna are counted today, traditionally attributed to the hand of Saint Luke. The canvas that gave rise to the current sanctuary in Bologna, according to a late chronicle (15th century), was brought from Constantinople by a pilgrim in the 12th century. Sources after the 15th century enriched the story with details, most of which cannot be verified. The certain fact is that the construction of the first basilica began in 1194. The reconstruction (practically a second construction) dates back to 1481, other interventions followed one another during the 17th century, while from 1723 to 1765 the interventions took place that gave the basilica its its current form. The basilica has an ovoid shape on the outside, which the presence of the Renaissance-style façade doesn't serve to hide, since the basilica surpasses this façade above and on the sides: therefore the curvilinear, late Baroque layout of the building remains prevalent, accentuated also by the two arms, also curved, which extend forward from the facade. The very sumptuous interior is notable for the presence of canvases by painters, among which Guido Reni and Guercino stand out. Other paintings, notable for their artistic and historical value, are visible in the sacristy. The scenography of the interior is however organized to draw attention towards the main altar, displaying the venerated effigy of the Madonna who gave rise to the church. The effigy is partly covered by a chiselled silver plate, from the Belgian school of the 17th century. Overall, a visit to this sanctuary (together with that of the incredible, very long portico connecting the sanctuary to the center of the city) is a "must" for anyone coming to Bologna.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 30, 2024
  • Nomad724657
    Dorchester, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous views of Bologna
    We caught the number 20 bus which took us halfway and then walked up through the porticoes. Took about 30-40 mins and all uphill but so worth it. Amazing views over Bologna. A definite must do when visiting this lovely city.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 5, 2024
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Tour608466
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It took us 2 hrs to go the church from the city centre. However, it is worth going . When you walk up the porticoes, you can see the panoramic view of the city. And along the route up the porticoes, we appreciate the decorations on the walls.

the most touching experience was we were allowed to walk up to the altar and got so close to the statue of Maria. Few visitors were sobbing when they arrived the altar. So touching.
Written February 20, 2020
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JBSD
Zagreb, Croatia40 contributions
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Aug 2019
A visit to this church shouldn't be missed if you visit Bologna. Ideally, you should go by foot (or jog your way to the top, like so many locals do) - that way you'll also experience another great sight of Bologna, the Portico di San Luca.
Entrance to the top is charged, but my experience of the place wouldn't have been complete had I missed this climb. The view of the city and the Colli Bolognesi is irreplaceable.
Written May 1, 2020
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Katharine186300
Winchester, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I am gettin gold and felt the walk up to the Sanctury would be too much so we got a taxi.and though we would get one back.
Unfortunately the cafe and shop were closed We tried to call a taxi and failed. Our hotel also failed to get a taxi- there was a demonstration in Bologna- so no taxis around.It seemed like a long way down ( nearly 4 kilometres) when you are not prepared
Written November 7, 2020
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Dimitris - Volos
Volos, Greece15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Located on a small hill with an altitude of 300 meters just outside the city(3.7km). Very large church with an impressive view towards the city of Bologna. The bus does not go to the temple so you have to walk uphill for a while.I suggest you go up by the bus, it still doesn't leave you in front of the temple but you have to walk some meters uphill.
But on the way back you walk down through a path of 666 arches until you reach Bologna FC Stadium, then take the bus to the city center.
Written March 7, 2023
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geniegal
Melbourne, Australia650 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Well worth the trip up. We are in our 70’s so didn’t do the long portico walk. Instead we went to Piazza Maggiore and caught the San Luca Express which is the little tourist train. Tickets are sold in the Piazza. From memory it was €12 per person with an additional €5 per person if you want to climb the 100 steps inside to the top of the dome. We did purchase the extra ticket and managed the climb fine. It is a very tight stone winding staircase and you go up and down the same way, however, there are large alcoves at intervals to pass or simply have a rest if you need it. The view from the top made it all worth it. The interior of the sanctuary is beautiful and at certain times you can go up and view the icon of the Virgin Mary and Child. The views from the garden and terrace out front are magnificent. Take some time to sit out front and enjoy this space. Even though we took the train up and back, we still got a good look at the portico as the train runs along side it.
Written October 30, 2023
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany7,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Santuario di Madonna di San Luca is a very much worthwhile half-day trip that can be comfortbaly reached by public transportation from the city center, or even by foot, as it is quite the hike, but definitely walkable.
We actually enjoyed the trip with the little city tram, as it gave us a good impression of other parts of beautiful Bologna that aren't necessarily located in the historic city center. As for the Santuario itself is it located on a nice hill just outside the city in the countryside hosting the important Madonna icon there.
Of course its touristic, but most things worth visiting are, so don't be taken aback by this fact, just keep it in mind.
Written June 7, 2022
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Kreej
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Took the stairs to the top of the church dome (which I can understand many people don't want to do if they've just done the 4km to the top of the hill). The company selling the ticket (€5) to the top of the dome made it very clear that the view of the city is only partial. There were probably 100+ stairs to the top and it was worth it - just.
Written June 21, 2021
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Niels K
Ishoej, Denmark436 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We took the little train at a price 10 € per person. It was a fine ride up. The weather was fine and the sky blue. It is a very fine place to see. We walked down and meet man people Who was walking or running up.
It is very speciel and a mest see.
Written September 28, 2021
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Trotamundos99
The Hague, The Netherlands68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Getting there by foot is a great experience. It is an almost 4 km walk from Porta Saragozza. Less than half is flat but the rest is steep, so bring good walking shoes. Some people go up hill for exercise, but other people go as a pilgrimage. For me it is a 45-60 min walk each way. So take your time.
There is a train that takes you from Piazza Maggiore to the Santuario, if you are not into walking.

The Sanctuary is nice. Besides the Madonna de San Luca there is a Virgen de Guadalupe.

I go there at least once every time I visit Bologna. For me it is worthwhile.
Written October 11, 2020
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ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΣ Κ
Thessaloniki, Greece34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Up on a hill, outside the city of Bologna it is this very nice church. If you want to go by foot you have to be prepare to walk a lot. The 666 arches leads you up on the hill and the view is amazing. There is also a nice park outside the church where you can relax and enjoy the view.
Written February 17, 2020
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