Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
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  • julieton
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Lovely building that can be seen from Bologna Free to Enter
    We got a cab there which was €24 but the bus back was a cheap option at €1.50. The climb is steep so we chose a taxi from our hotel and we walked down the portico door San Luca to get the bus back. The cathedral has a stunning altar which can be almost gothic in nature with its black and gold facade. It's free to enter and photographs are allowed we left a donation. The walk down was relatively cool as the arches and thick walls keep the heat off it was a sweLtering 80deg the day we went. Thoroughly worth the visit and be aware of your fitness level to climb 660 arches and steps and come down again. There was a mini train that went up and down but we did not see it. Once you arrive back into the small town there isn't much to see so we got the Bus 20 back to Bologna and got off at the Piazza Maggoire. Bus tickets can be purchased at any newsagent and a very economical Fay of getting around Italian cities.
    Written June 10, 2022
  • Harald Gracholski
    Cologne, Germany6,884 contributions
    Worthwhile half-day trip from Bologna
    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
  • Steve S
    Palm Springs, California1,676 contributions
    A beautiful setting overlooking Bologna with the treasured Black Madonna
    The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca dates from 1723, a project by Carlo Francesco Dotti, one of the most important architects in the Papal States in the 18th century. Inside the basilica’s is the ‘treasure’, an image of a black Virgin Mary with Child, supposedly painted by St Luke. Tradition holds that in the 12th-century, a pilgrim from the Byzantine empire came to Bologna with an icon of the Virgin from the temple of Saint Sofia in Constantinople.
    Written January 21, 2023
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Steve S
Palm Springs, CA1,676 contributions
Sep 2022
The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca dates from 1723, a project by Carlo Francesco Dotti, one of the most important architects in the Papal States in the 18th century. Inside the basilica’s is the ‘treasure’, an image of a black Virgin Mary with Child, supposedly painted by St Luke. Tradition holds that in the 12th-century, a pilgrim from the Byzantine empire came to Bologna with an icon of the Virgin from the temple of Saint Sofia in Constantinople.
Written January 21, 2023
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Pamela F
London, UK10 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Well worth it! Don't take a tour just walk it and bring a snack to have at the pretty gardens at the top. The small donation to walk to the tip of the dome is really worth the amazing views.
Written November 9, 2022
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Mr Huat
Singapore, Singapore188 contributions
Jun 2022
Drove to this pretty nice church in Bologna, u need to pay the additional fee to climb up to the top of the church. Only at the top then u can see the whole of bologna. Good experience!
Written September 25, 2022
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Spectacle64
Yorkshire, UK436 contributions
Jul 2022
We drove up - not sure we were meant to but it was late in the day. Amazing drive up past the longest portico (in the world?). And views from the top are spectacular.
Written August 30, 2022
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Debbie Stan
Sheffield, UK17 contributions
Aug 2022
We decided to ditch the express train route or walk the route. Instead we picked up street hire bikes from the centre of Bologna and rode there. We passed all of the 666 porticoes on the way. Whilst on the flat the route is pretty straight forward. Then we started the climb up the hill to the the sanctuary. The hill is very very steep. I mean steep. We pushed our bikes very very slowly up the hill. Stopping loads of times to take in water and catch our breath. It was really hard work pushing the heavy bikes up the hill. To be fair though there were loads of people walking the route who had to rest loads of times too. The views from the top of the countryside and city was pretty impressive. We had a quick look around the place. Pretty underwhelming if I’m honest. It was closed so we couldn’t go inside. There’s a couple of water taps to refill water bottles up. A couple of benches in the shade to relax on. Then we rode back down the hill. Which was exciting, my brakes had smoke coming off them literally. If you go by bike, I suggest a cloudy or cool day, and a big bottle of water.
Written August 19, 2022
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Metehan
Brasov, Romania10 contributions
Jan 2022
Another important tourist attraction, currently part of a large historical restoration project. As a form of donation, the coordinators have chosen an attractive way of fundraising: you can climb the church tower for a modest €5. The view is impressive!
Written August 12, 2022
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Douglas Collins
Edinburgh, UK81 contributions
Jul 2022
This is a must when visiting Bologna.
We walked the full length of the Portico to the Santuario di Madonna, both ways which was a mean feat in the sweltering heat. Ticked a Box. Views from the Summit are amazing.
You can visit by taking the easier route via Car or Red Tour Bus.
Written August 2, 2022
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Ricardo
Aberdeen, UK64 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Went here with my partner in July 2022. We hired eBikes from our hotel and took the roads up to this beautiful place. It was truly stunning. The views from the viewing platform although weren’t great, it was great to be informed that the money was spent on the maintenance and upkeep of this church. It’s breathtaking and worth a visit.
Written July 30, 2022
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Hilary S
10 contributions
Jun 2022
Situated on the hills above Bologna, it has great views over the town and the Apennines. You can either walk the 3.3 km under the longest portico in the world to get to it (we didn't, but walked back down), or you can get the tourist bus or noddy train from the Piazza Maggiore, which run pretty regularly. You can buy tickets from a very efficient woman at a table near the departure point (cards accepted), who was dealing with questions being thrown at her from all directions in Italian, English and French! I can't recall any food or drink being available there, so make sure you take some with you.
Written June 28, 2022
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Simone
258 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
My husband enjoyed the walk much more than I did. In fact, I thought it was pretty boring and the view was pleasant but not spectacular. No cafe at top.
Written June 11, 2022
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