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Basilica di San Petronio

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Neighbourhood: Santo Stefano
As featured in 3 Days in Bologna and 1 other guide
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Address: Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 231415
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07:45 - 18:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Spectacular and huge

Approaching the main palace you see a huge dominant building one of the largest of its kind. Funny to see the facade is still not yet finished... Getting inside you see the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Approaching the main palace you see a huge dominant building one of the largest of its kind. Funny to see the facade is still not yet finished... Getting inside you see the enormous space probably so huge you can't fill it up with people:) Can't miss if you are in Bologna

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Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Typical medieval big church with interesting works inside. Jesus Christ on the cross is very impressive. A lot of other interesting monuments inside. The place in front of the church is magnificent.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basilica both soothes and excites. The main altar, the choir, the ciborium (carved cover above the altar) and the 22 chapels contain beautiful works in stone, frescoes, wood, metal and painting. The 17th C. astronomer Cassini (more recently of NASA exploratory spacecraft fame) installed in the floor of basilica a 66.8 metre long Meridiana - a line that tracks... More 

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Terni
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The church dazzles by its size and its building materials, which feature a lot of brick and terra cotta, as well as marble. The art on the walls is very impressive.

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Thank Punditalia
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really stunning architecture around the outside but this is nothing compared to the beautifully ornate interior. There are many different chapel areas/ alters with beautiful artwork and stained glass window. Very ornate and grand. Make sure to look out for the 'time line' calendar on the floor in which a small hole in the ceiling allows light though which lights... More 

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Thank Lizzie S
Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely church with an amazing feeling of awe inside. We were visiting on Sunday and was open for visitors even during Mass.

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Thank SmellyMarj
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

many alters and lots of art work. had to pay 2 euros to be allowed to take pictures but the place is amazing.

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Thank Marc J
San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The outside of this basilica looks unfinished, but inside it's one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. And it's free. Pay 2 euro for a tag to take photos. Don't miss it, even if you're tired of looking at churches in Europe.

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Thank George G
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel was right by the basilica and we could hear the bells ringing, it is free to go in they charge you a few euros if you want to take photos and give you a wristband. It is lovely, not as ornate as other churches I have been in but beautiful all the same. Just a little tip as... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seems that everybody in Bologna was seated on the steps outside the Basilica, enjoying the sun on the day we visited. Its a huge 14th Century Gothic Church ,with the wonderful interior ceilings. The organist was practicing on the day we visited, to hear the music resounding in the church was an added extra for our visit . The... More 

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