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  • Address: 36 Via di San Luca, Bologna 40135, Italy
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  • Admission: Free

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Santuario de Madonna di San Luca

Casting a protective eye over Bologna, the hilltop Santuario de Madonna di San Luca basilica can be seen from most vantage points in the city.

Built in the mid-18th century to house a portrait of the Virgin Mary painted by St Luke, the basilica has some notable artworks and statues.

One of the main highlights of this basilica is getting there – on foot. The sanctuary lies 4 km (2.5 miles) south-west of central Bologna, linked by the world’s longest undercover portico. Supported by 666 graceful arches, the portico is gently stepped as it winds uphill.

Practical Info

It’s quite a stroll to the Santuario de Madonna di San Luca, but well worth it for the experience and the views. The roofed portico begins at Piazza di Porta Saragozza.

Buses run to Villa Spada, from where minibuses continue on to the basilica.

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Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour, Bologna, null
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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 $81.52
Private Tour: Bologna Cycling Sightseeing Tour, Bologna, Walking 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 $112.98

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