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Basilica di San Petronio

Open Now: 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM
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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful temple, with much to see, both on the inside and outside. The entrance is free, but there are clothing restrictions.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank doppelganger_et
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a large church, supposedly Europe’s sixth largest. Apparently it was supposed to be bigger than St Peters in Rome but one of the Popes stopped that. It doesn’t contain major works by famous artists but there is sufficient to enjoy. I was fascinated...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MuzzaBallina
Reviewed 1 week ago

You will feel so small once you enter this place. It is spectacular architecture, never expected to by felt so “small” upon entering. Your neck will hurt looking up the arches. Do not miss visiting this place.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Waldi12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst the outside won't say much about this cathedral, the interior will amaze you. The stained glass, the paintings and the architecture should not be missed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 418vladv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Cathedral is nothing much, and the personnel inside are very rude - they pretend to be paid if you want to take pictures, then they pretend to be paid again to visit some areas of the church. Just skip this monument, and you will...More

Date of experience: November 2018
infoW3952YE, Communication Office at Basilica di San Petronio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We really regret you didn’t enjoy your visit to the Basilica. San Petronio is a Gothic church (the construction started on 1390) full of art and history: among other things the major portal with the sculptures by Jacopo della Quercia (dated 15th century and a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the vast interior to the small details (the Meridian line and 4th chapel) it is very interesting. Not too crowded and you don’t have wardens bearing down you. Only thing unnerving is the security presence.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WelshwizardK10D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well preserved with further restoration going on - lots of lovely side chapels with a variaty of different art styles and presentations. Very cool calendar on the floor. Worth a peek inside.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hma225
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Compared to the cathedrals in Rome, Florence, and Venice, this one seems somewhat dull, but its sheer size does amaze. There is a rather unique solar calendar along the floor that was designed by Cassini (discoverer of a gap in Saturn's rings in 1675), so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jksparz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enormous and awe-inspriing! Check out the largest sun dial in the world embedded in the marble floor.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wanderlist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I went to Bologna I didn't know what to expect. This Basilica was a highlight of our tour. The art inside is wonderful. Plus there was a unique feature of calendar in the floor that was fascinating.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Dick T
6 December 2017|
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Response from Dick T | Reviewed this property |
Apologies Michael A, I was responding to the denials given by the authorities. Can’t remove it, please ignore.