Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna

4.8
Feast your eyes on Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Nicholas Ark's incredibly lifelike terracotta scene featuring reactions to Christ's death. Dating from the late 15th century, the figures show acute emotion and ferocious drama atypical of their time. You'll notice influences of the sculpture of Burgundy and the later Donatello. After a long stay in the National Gallery of Bologna, the sculptures have been returned to their original home in the church of Bologna, where you'll find them today. Add Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita and other attractions to your Bologna trip itinerary using our Bologna trip planning site .
Create an itinerary including Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita
map
Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita Tours
Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,067 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • The Church may not stand out somehow, especially in relation to other sacral monuments of the city, but the terracotta group of statues depicting the lamentation of Christ placed in oratory literally flawless feet your acquirer to the bone authenticity. An absolute must see.
    View original
  • Mail nelmpieno the Centre of Bologna, this church contains two masterpieces that you cannot miss: the lamentation of Ark and transit of the Virgin Nicolò by Alfonso Lombardi. Both groups represent two terracotta plastic delmloro plastic yield usually masterpieces of the characters, intense emotionality transmitted, especially the Lamentation. The Deceased is placed on the right of the main altar, while the transit is inserted inside the oratory attached to the Church, this one a masterpiece hidden. Highly recommended.
    View original
  • The sculpture of the late Niccolò Dell'Arca alone is worth the visit to this impressive church. One entered for free, now requires a small contribution (2 or 3 euros) but well worth it. In many places abroad, I paid a lot more for a lot less.
    View original
Google
  • The sculpture i o f terracotta is exceptional . Do not forget to climb to the Oratory: the show is just as impressive. You can not visit this church which incidentally is very close to the Piazza Maggiore
  • One of the city's most impressive landmarks-both the main sanctuary and the adjacent oratorio.
  • "Lamentaion" might be the best piece of art you'll see in Italy. The emotion of these life-sized terra cotta sculptures brings them to life. You can feel their pain. No words can describe it. And as we walked away a kind woman working there directed us upstairs to another amazing collection of terra cotta sculptures that should not be missed. Highly recommended!
  • Beautiful Church
  • The seven terracotta statues were breathtaking. So much despair has been realised in the sculptures.

Plan your trip to Bologna

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Bologna

Famous for its hospitality, Bologna boasts an impressive selection of hotels that range from old-fashioned establishments with top-hatted doormen, to boutique hotels and affordable hostels. For a sumptuous stay near the center of Bologna, explore one of the city's luxury B&Bs. Offering more than just a warm meal and a comfortable bed, these B&Bs offer spacious living areas spread over several levels, with private rooftop patios and shady terraces. More affordable yet equally convenient, family-run inns offer comfort and tranquility minutes from the city's main attractions.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Bologna by other users

25 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Italy & City of San Marino BY A USER FROM JORDAN May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY March, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: March, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY May, teens, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY January, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY January, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY February, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: February, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY May, teens, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY January, teens, culture, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens, culture, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM ITALY May, teens, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Bologna BY A USER FROM ROMANIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans