Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, Bologna

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Religious Site
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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  • Ideal deceleration in the bustling Bologna. By bus (No. 20) to Villa Spada and then walking the portico up to San Luca. Great afternoon stroll with a stunning view over Bologna, the surrounding countryside and Modena.
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  • You are accessible by a train that runs throughout the city, walk, and car... the views of Bologna are spectacular and the place is pretty well preserved. Meeting place for all ages.
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  • Very nice walking all under porches to get to the top even if it rains the basilica we reach safely both in summer that in winter. The Church is beautiful with visit to image of the madonna di san luca, well known in the town. A must go.
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  • We walked up from the bottom. It was very relaxing. I'm no athlete but made it up easily. Views are spectacular and we'll worth the climb
  • Amazing tracking & Fitness track,, More pretty in Sunlight , SanLUCA church is Awesome, admired architecture of Church... JEsus Christ,,,,,!!!!
  • It is a long journey from Bologna but it is totally worth. A local friend recommended it to us and for people who like hiking, this is certainly one of the best experiences in Bologna. The basilica is impressive!
  • The view was really worth it. But you have to (almost) be an athlete to reach the top by feet. But really, it's worth it.
  • Panoramic view once there but otherwise it's like one of the many churches. More unique is the arcade that covers the path all the way up or down from the city. If you want to skip the tourist train car from the city center to the top and bottom (£10 pp) and for a quarter of the cost go up and down then do the following : take bus 20 from downtown to villa spada and then take bus 58 to the top ( it follows the arcade path on holidays ). The bus stop is directly next to bus stop 20. Get a brochure from the tourist office. Buy the ticket on the bus for 1.50 or at a tobacco shop for 1.30 (biglette bus oereo. .whatever ). Bus 58 is less frequent so if you miss it don't frown. At villa spada go west of the bus stop at an intersection past the traffic light then go through the gate and walk through the park uphill for maximum 10 min until there is a clearing and you'll get a panoramic view of everything from there. People also picnic up there .bus 58 also goes back from the top to bus 20 and transfer to downtown