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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236245
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Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236245
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just next to the market and a gem! Beautiful interior and a haven from the heat. The altars are very elaborate & I lit a candle & said a prayer for loved ones. Love it!

Thank Scotrav1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting church with a surprising twist, which costs a few euros to see. Yes it is worth is. Would recommend that you make the effort.

Thank Valentino S
Reviewed June 10, 2017

Although this church was built in the 12th century, it appeared more like a modern one that is not overly ornate or decorated. The one big draw here was the life-sized terracotta figures on the side of the altar - called Compianto del Cristo Morto...More

Thank Tony D
Reviewed June 3, 2017

A rare sculpture by the mysterious Nicolo is in a side chapel strangely neglected by most guidebooks This is agony at its most baroque, of a kind with the ecstasy of Santa Teresa. You are horrified and them hypnotized by the depth of religious meanings....More

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed May 31, 2017

My wife normally does the detailed itinerary planning for what we will do and see in any given location. If, as often happens, our holiday is a last-minute thing, then I may have little idea of what activities and sights may have a place in...More

Thank PJandSJ
Reviewed May 28, 2017

The statues by Niccolo' dell'Arca in the church of Santa Maria della vita are something so beautiful, so out of this world...And to think you have to pay only 3 € to see them...And I am not even catholic (anymore)...The grief on the faces is...More

Thank Flanders59
Reviewed May 26, 2017

But please look inside. From the ouside just a small entrance but go inside. Fabulous. Paid the 3 euros and worth it but even if you prefer not to pay make sure you visit all on offer.

Thank cdBolton
Reviewed May 25, 2017

Without a doubt, this was my favorite church in Bologna. Located near the market, and sandwiched between other buildings, you could easily miss it. From the street, you may not even recognize that its a street. The interior is certainly ornate enough to impress. But,...More

Thank Bill A
Reviewed May 22, 2017

The building archtechture and historical value are awesome! If it wasn't for getting hungry, I could have spent hours there. Deffinately a must see while in Bolongia.

Thank Ida C
Reviewed May 20, 2017

It's easy to miss this place in Bologna, you are walking around amazed at how beautiful the city is and could walk straight past. Thankfully my husband is very inquisitive and we did visit. It was just amazing. We went two days in a row,...More

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Response from allus | Reviewed this property |
I was not aware of a formal dress code on my visit but it makes sense to just dress respectfully with no bare shoulders or shorts, as other contributers have suggested. This will likely only be an issue in summer months.