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“There is more to see in Bologna”

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
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Ranked #6 of 361 things to do in Bologna
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

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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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Even if you're not interested in the religious background of the route, it makes for a lovely morning's trip up and down the pilgrimage route. Lots of locals seemed to be using it for power walking and running. The 666 porticoes along the route are impressive to see and on a sunny day you are rewarded with wonderful views back down to the city.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

This shrine is actually a little outside of Bologna. It is a long, uphill walk through the colonnade and up many stairs and a high hill. It will take about 45 minutes to one hour to walk the entire distance. It can be shortened somewhat by taking a bus (32 or 20) to the Plaza Signorella but you will still have lots of stairs and ramps. Once at the shrine you can see the holy Madonna with child and have a beautiful view of Bologna (on a clear day). This is not suitable for young children, those who have difficulty walking stairs or those with strollers unless you take a taxi up the hill.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We recommend learning the story about the miraculous icon of the virgin housed in the church before making the walk. You can do that at the Museum of the History of Bologna. Make sure the church will be open when you arrive so you can view the interior and the icon, as that is half the reason for going. Start at the Porta Saragozza or take the 14 bus to the stadium and start the walk about halfway up. The walk up is pleasant and the walk down is easy.

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Be a pilgrim and climb the 4km all the way there through endless colonnades... or just take a taxi as I did! Also there is a tram but due to the half marathon it was not operating regularly. Inside you can just see the famous icon. But worth coming up for the views. Walking down through countryside was good, but you would need to know the path and where you end up (as our guide did).

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