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  • Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna 40124, Italy
  • 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.

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Bologna Private Walking Tour, Bologna, null
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Bologna Private Walking Tour

Bologna dates back to 1000 BC and has played an important role in the world’s history. With a history of almost 3000 years one can only imagine how much ...  Read more

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

From USD $142.89
Private Tour: Ecclesiastical Heritage of Bologna, Bologna, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Ecclesiastical Heritage of Bologna

Delve into Bologna's Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches on your private guided tour examining the history, artwork and architectural features associated ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.45
Bologna City Walking Tour, Bologna, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Bologna City Walking Tour

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Visit medieval squares and landmark churches on a 2-hour guided walking tour of Bologna. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and see the city's key ...  Read more

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

From USD $17.15
Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small Group Tour from Florence Including Lunch, Florence, Walking ... 
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Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small Group Tour from Florence Including Lunch

Combine culinary and cars with this action-packed day-long tour of Italy's Bologna region. Depart Florence by high speed train and reach Bologna in only 35 ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $205.76
Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour, Bologna, Rail Tours
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Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour

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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: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.45
2-Hour Historic Bike Tour of Bologna, Bologna, Walking Tours
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2-Hour Historic Bike Tour of Bologna

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Set off on your adventure to discover Bologna? Bologna by bike is the perfect solution to immerse yourself into the great history of Bologna, the heart of ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.01
Private Tour: Bologna Cycling Sightseeing Tour, Bologna, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Tour: Bologna Cycling Sightseeing Tour

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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 $112.88
Jewish History Tour in Bologna, Bologna, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Jewish History Tour in Bologna

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A very dynamic and knowledgeable Jewish population of bankers, merchants and book printers could be found in Bologna from the 14th to the 16th century, that ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.45

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