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Via di San Luca 36, 40135 Bologna, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

666 arches leading up to the Santuario , and you can walk up, take the San Lica train from Piazza Maggiore or even cheaper is to taxi up! It’s not that spectacular inside and exterior also needs a paintjob, but it is something you have...More

Thank coconutugly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walk with tremendous view, from the city center to the outskirts. Melancholy and rest. Worth seeing and being there!

Thank sewilka2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We first saw this from miles away driving into Bologna. We had no idea what we were looking at. But in the afternoon we took the little tourist train up to the peak and saw this in all its glory. Exterior is exceptional and interior...More

Thank bigvicSydney
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Either drive or walk up under the portico it's a fabulous view of Bologna. Home to the black Madonna this beautiful church high on the hill is worth a trip!

Thank FBZCee
Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to run up this climb and although it nearly killed me each time due to the steepness my days what a place it is. if you are in visiting Bologna we worth visiting

Thank whippit84
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure the number of steps, but its hundreds. Well worth the effort, what a building and view, a must.

Thank alastair n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whoa, this was amazing. Had read about some intrepid soul in the 1930s building a cable car up the steep hill to the summit and Basilica of San Luca only, after public outcry that this circumvented the effort of reachingbthe top to such a sacred...More

Thank GladiatorDelWino
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were just walking around Piazza Maggiore when we saw the 'Train'. We decided to do the return trip up to San Luca. The recorded information was ok as was the train ride. The trip up to San Luca was good, the return trip was...More

Thank London1953
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to take the hilarious little Luca Express 'train' which you catch in Piazza Maggiore. In September it was running every hour. It was a hoot compared to walking uphill for 6 plus kilometers. There is time to experience the 666 porticos and view...More

Thank Seaholly2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked up to the basilica from the centre of Bologna. It is about 3 miles so, if you’re doing it from the Centre, wear comfortable shoes. It is all under porticoes so sun exposure is not a problem. En route there are several Mysteries...More

Thank Hstevens282
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29 July 2018|
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Response from Chris V | Reviewed this property |
Hi there I have taken a look at the official website and it indicates that the Sanctuary will be open from 7am during your visit. Thanks Chris
Stephanie L
13 June 2017|
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Response from Sandy S | Reviewed this property |
You can get to the bottom of the hill by public bus, then hike up through the porticos.
17 June 2015|
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