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“Stunning sculptures but bad set-up”

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
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Bologna City Walking Tour
Ranked #7 of 335 things to do in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 3, 2014

A pity there is hardly any light and some metallic structure which takes away all the beauty. But the figures are really outstanding and it is amazing to think they were made in the 15th century.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

I'm giving this attraction one star to hopefully start something to get I ranked more appropriately. It certainly is worth a look but not the number one spot. My impression of Bologna is that it's worth visiting but you only need one night or a day and a half. The best attractions are climbing the tower, taking a long walk/hike through the porticos to the church on the hill, and walking through the markets next to Piazza Maggiore (and this attraction).

Side note: Bologna is full of graffiti and everyone smokes which was a major turn off for me. I was curious why Rick Steve's leaves this city out but after visiting there really isn't that much substance besides great food. I wouldn't go out of your way to visit but if it's on your path it deserves 1.5 days.

14  Thank rad79
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Churches say a lot about the city attached. This one is a little simple, but still quite beautiful. They seem to have a new "no photos" rule, or maybe they don't have it all the time, I don't know, but we weren't able to get many shots. Otherwise, we loved the place.

Thank stbride
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Have to agree with previous reviewers who've given this terra cotta composition top marks.
In a corner of a church in a narrow street is this most moving work of art. Even with the scaffolding around it (apparently there since a recent earthquake) the emotion in the faces of the seven figures as they look at a dead Jesus grabs you.
Even more amazing that the work goes back to the late 1400s! And, as for Bologna in general, no masses of camera toting tourists around.

Thank JDSV
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

Everybody should see the Compianto by Niccolo' dell'Arca in the Church of Santa Maria della Vita in Bologna. The seven clay figures are exceptional. The faces of Mary, Madeleine and John the Baptist seem to belong to real people not statues. You can feel their pain!

Thank Isabella44_G
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