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Basilica di San Petronio

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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Santo Stefano
+39 051 231415
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Basilica is beautiful. The stand out feature for us was the meridian line aligned with sun filter in the roof from which complex observations could be made. Top edge renaissance science... In the church..

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LondonVectis
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

On the main square. This is a very big church- we went to it on our own but probably would have learned more in a tour as not a lot is marked or explained. Evidentially, they ran out of money part way though. Not nearly...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DinerIndiana
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful church to look around in a delightful square. Recommend you go in and admire it’s brilliant interior

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sawbograham
Reviewed 5 days ago

The interior is bathed in a pinkish stone that makes this basilica a real beauty. There is much to see on the interior, so wander throughout, preferably with a good guide book, and look at the various chapels. We stayed for services on a Sunday...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JohnRegoPark
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was the largest Basilica in Italy, until a Pope said that the largest Basilica MUST be in Rome. So the top half was taken off and sent to Rome. Years later the Basilica was 're built, hence the difference in appearance now. Lower half...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank col_t_deller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s interesting to see from inside though you have to pay extra 3 euro to see the paintings. Probably more impressive from outside.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Altug71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the must sees, dominant of piatza majore. Entrance is free of charge but watch out for the siesta as we entered and where asked out in 5mins due to closing for the break. Luggage is not allowed so leave it better in the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Iva82
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

unbelievable place dark area but nice feel yourself watch national geographic history chanel when walking basilica di san petronio most important church in bologna.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 540cihady
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This magnificent medieval church dating to 1390 was dedicated to the fifth century bishop of Bologna, San Petronio. The most remarkable feature is the unfinished facade which was abandoned when a Pope who was a native son of Bologna died, and funding was withdrawn from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank redeco
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very impressive and you get from the visit the sense of what every historic Catholic basilica, cathedral or church is all about. However, there is of course masses that is specific to this building eg it being unfinished due to rivalry with Rome, the meridian...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from 614dickt | Reviewed this property |
Apologies Michael A, I was responding to the denials given by the authorities. Can’t remove it, please ignore.