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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, Bologna

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Set on a hill nearly 300 m (984 ft) high near Bologna, Santuario di Madonna di San Luca features a basilica built over six centuries housing an icon of the Virgin Mary. Pass through 3.5 km (2.17 mi) of roofed arcades built over the basilica's path. The church's ornate interior includes grand pillars and intricate frescoes. Admire views of Bologna, the Appenine Mountains, and the countryside as you climb to the summit. The ascent by foot is long and strenuous, so you may prefer to come by car. Using our international travel planner, Bologna attractions like Santuario di Madonna di San Luca can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca dates from 1723, a project by Carlo Francesco Dotti, one of the most important architects in the Papal States in the 18th century. Inside the basilica’s is... 
    The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca dates from 1723, a project by Carlo Francesco Dotti, one of the most important architects in the Papal States in the 18th century. Inside the basilica’s is...  more »
  • Well worth it! Don't take a tour just walk it and bring a snack to have at the pretty gardens at the top. The small donation to walk to the tip of the dome is really worth the amazing views. 
    Well worth it! Don't take a tour just walk it and bring a snack to have at the pretty gardens at the top. The small donation to walk to the tip of the dome is really worth the amazing views.  more »
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  • As a student studying abroad in Bologna Italy this summer, this is my number 1 must see if your visiting this city. The walk to the top is well worth the journey and is a relatively flat incline with some stairs along the way closer to the top, friendly for all ages. Inside the church at the top is breathtaking and has beautiful views that look over the entire city. I’ve walked and biked to the top multiple times since being here and it managed to take my breath away every time!
  • It's not worth it. We would not recommend it if we would have known the view or the church before climbing endless stairs. So if you really want to go there there is a bus running twice an hour near the starting point. But even if you are not walking up. I wouldn't do it again. There are nicer places in town

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