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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely walk from the centre of Bologna all along the portico’s to Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. Great views of the city. Would say it takes about 2 hours there and back.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s located near the city on top of hill .there is an old way for visitors with many stairs.from there you can see Bologna and it’s suburb .fantastic view. You can sit for moments in cathedral. Unfortunately all around are private gardens . Usually there...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recently hiked up to this beautiful church. It is indeed a very trying task, there are many steps to go up to get to the church and if one is not in good shape it may be wiser to take the bus from Piazza...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 14, 2019 via mobile

You can go there by bus, taxi or foot.... it's a long walk but very beautiful sanctuary and great view of Bologna. It's a must-see place!!!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mikesterling
Reviewed December 27, 2018

Strenuous walk up through the porticos but worth the effort. Great workout and nice views of the city from the top.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Stuart L
Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

This is the location where I proposed to my wife. It is a beautiful place with stunning views of Bologna on one side and the mountains on the other. This is a “must see” if you are visiting Bologna!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 140PB
Reviewed December 18, 2018

we had intended to take the local bus up but couldn't quite figure out where to get it from. Even when we got the bus back down it still wasn't clear as where it drops you is not where you are picked up so its...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mark I
Reviewed December 15, 2018

We visited it at the beginning of December 2018. We took a hop-on hop-off train from Piazza Maggiore (10 EUR pp both ways) as we felt very tired to climb up the hill. The train ride was quite satisfying itself. The train stops on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dolvamar
Reviewed December 13, 2018

The pink basilica is very imposing on the top of a hill overlooking the City, and accessing it by the dedicated train, past the world's longest portico, is a must. Views from the basilica are great, and the inside of the basilica displays some interesting...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Papselscla
Reviewed November 17, 2018

Went there to take pictures in the afternoon, a foggy day and the light in the Basilica was very beautiful a..nd going in it was even more beautiful ..seeing all the majestuosity of the church so wonderful Recommended !

Date of experience: November 2018
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July 29, 2018|
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Response from vaugc002 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there I have taken a look at the official website and it indicates that the Sanctuary will be open from 7am during your visit. Thanks Chris
June 12, 2017|
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Response from Sandy S | Reviewed this property |
You can get to the bottom of the hill by public bus, then hike up through the porticos.
June 16, 2015|
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City Bus to Santuario di Madonna di San Luca (2 Replies)
Any experts out there familiar with the T-Per Bologna bus site? We are staying on the SS564 between the Arco Bonaccorsi and the Arco Meloncello. Can anyone tell me which city bus we can get to go up to the Santuario (or even most of the way?) If the bus doesn't go there directly, which is the closest stop? Thank you.
October 25, 2016|
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