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  • Address: Piazza Maggiore
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Basilica di San Petronio

Named for Bologna’s patron saint, the city’s fifth-century bishop, the Basilica di San Petronio is the world’s fifth-largest church and a fabulous example of Gothic grandeur.

Construction began in 1390, but plans to enlarge the basilica were halted in the 1500s when the design threatened to overshadow that of St Peter’s in Rome. Thanks to this creative curtailment, the basilica’s facade detail remains unfinished.

On a tour of the basilica’s interior, admire the frescoed chapels and apse, the rich stained glass and marble. The exterior features detailed carvings of biblical scenes. Look out for the brass sundial embedded in the floor of the eastern aisle.

Practical Info

The Basilica di San Petronio fronts Bologna’s principal square, Piazza Maggiore, in the heart of the city.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Explore Bologna's untouched medieval center in style on a private walking tour with your own English-speaking guide to lead the way. You'll enjoy personalized ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.88

Private Tour: Bologna Cycling Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This private cycling and sightseeing tour explores Bologna with the freedom of a bicycle. See some of the most important buildings in the city such as Palazzo ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.12

Private Tour: Bologna In Love Walking Tour

Stirring medieval love stories of young maidens and noble youths divided by warring families, or the more recent experience of famous poets such as Foscolo, ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $93.88

San Marino Republic and Bologna Day Trip from Florence

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Experience two of Italy’s lesser-known jewels, the charming Republic of San Marino and handsome Bologna, on this day trip from Florence. Travel through pretty ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.59

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