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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Bologna holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Santuario di Madonna di San Luca and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We decided to catch a taxi and walk back from this wonderful basilica. For €5 ea you can climb the narrow winding staircase to the top for the most amazing views over Bologna and surrounding area. Bea...  more »
  • I'm 65 years old, I've had 2 stents in my heart, and 4 knee surgeries. I've made this vigorous and awesome trek twice in 2 years and it is so worth the climb. The views are stunning, the Sanctuary exq...  more »
  • Nice 2 hour trip with beautiful views. Very interesting and added the walk up 150 or so narrow spiral staircase at 5eu was worth it for the view  more »
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  • Picturesque church on top of a hill. The walk up to the church is a good workout (about 30 minutes uphill, in addition to the flat part from the main plaza) and it's amazing to be walking through what seems like an never ending colonnade. The entire path is in the shade, so is doable even on a hot day. Remember to bring water and there are water fountains and toilets at the top.
  • Truly breathtaking views and worth the trek up and down the many stairs. Not too many tourists (like me) to ruin this authentic monument and very peaceful. If your legs are up for it then do the walk from the bottom to the top of the basilica. You won't be disappointed. One of the many beautiful places visited in Italy during my honeymoon
  • The walk along the Portico up to this church is memorable. There's plenty of chill seating outside, and a viewpoint. The church is worth a visit, but do get a ticket to climb the tower. The panorama from the observation deck is fab (beware of ever-changing opening hours in this place!).
  • Old church with a great hilltop view of Bologna. 5€ donation to go up about 110 steps spiralling up to the side of the building. You can see just about everything, half the town and the countryside. Sadly you cannot see why kids like the taste of cinnamon toast crunch from up there. I rate it a 5/7 must see.
  • Wonderful place in Bologna, with nice views up there. It's totally worth the walk. Don't worry if it's raining outside, as you will always walk under archways.