I have recently come back to visit Bologna, during the weekends with my family.
After having visited the center, the Piazza Maggiore, the Fontana del Nettuno, and several nice streets with nice old buildings, I decided to climb the hill and go to San Luca.
I have always been attracted by this Sanctuary, clearly visible from the motorway, but I never stopped in Bologna for years.
You can park the car near the football stadium, or in Porta Saragoza, and take the long portico that lead you up and up to the Sanctuary.
From upstairs, there is a very nice view, and you will be proud of yourself, once arrived at the top.
If you are lazy, or have difficulties in walking, you can also go there by car, but be aware of the strong slopes and the narrow street (I did not realized where you can park, once at the top, sorry).
Very important: restrooms are available at the top, in the side of the Sanctuary, along with fresh fountain drinkable water
I stayed overnight at Holiday Inn Express, located in the Fiera area, in VIa del Commercio Associato, 3.
It is a great place, clean and comfortable, with a restaurant inside.
Buffet breakfast (all you can eat, if you like) and free parking are always included.
In my view it gives an excellent quality/cost ratio.
From the hotel there are buses to downtown, or you can drive just few kilometers to reach this really nice place.
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