Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
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  • CabKings
    Tampa, Florida548 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    views from Bascilica are awesome. Pay $3 to see crypt, small and very cool temperature needed after climb.
    3 miles uphill and not an easy climb up the 700 feet above the city. Incredibly it is all h fee cover of a portico. Amazing experience and worth the effort. Please drive or ride up if you have health issues or age concerns. Then walk back down the under the portico. Beautiful views along the climb but especially at the top.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Karen H
    Preston, United Kingdom171 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adventure to get to uninspiring church with lovely views and a beautiful Madonna icon
    You can walk 4km under porticos up or down to/from the church on the hill. But it was 42degrees so we got the mini toy train from Piazza Maggiore. This has narrated journey so you know what you are looking at up and down. Church was a bit dull in reality. There is a gorgeous Madonna gilt icon behind the altar. But we paid 5euro to climb the spiral staircase to the viewing platform which was well worth it. Beautiful views down to Bologna and across mountains.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Duffman
    Davistown, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t give up! It’s worth the walk
    100% must do experience. We walked in from town and whilst it’s not really for the faint hearted the journey through the porticos is something to behold. The journey up (which never ends) is as spectacular as the journey down. Only bettered by the spritz and Moretti in town at the end of the trek to talk about the experience!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Tara
    Bath, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    On a hot day we decided to catch the land train from the Piazza Maggiore up to the church and then walk back down the hill through the porticos - it was amazing. The church at the top was fairly quiet inside and absolutely stunning. We then walked back down to the city centre under the shelter of the porticos enjoying the views and the odd painting or statue on the way. This is a must if you are visiting Bologna.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • andycoldham
    Crawley, United Kingdom918 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place in Bologna
    As we are knocking on a bit now we did take the land train to the Basilica, in both directions. It is nice ride through the town and when we saw how steep the hill was to the summit, we knew we made the right decision. The basilica itself has a fantastic position on the top of the hill overlooking Bologna, and the interior is superb, it has toilets if needed and it was well worth a visit as the interior of the building is just stunning.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • ErkiBear
    London, United Kingdom395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful views of the countryside surrounding Bologna
    Caught the little road train from Piazza Maggiore to the Santuario as not sure we fancied the walk both ways as it was very hot. Great decision! The architecture of the sanctuario is beautiful and well worth the trip for the beautiful views of the countryside surrounding Bologna. Walked back to the city via the 4km long portico and thoroughly enjoyed it as there are interesting chapels to see on the way and it didn't feel too far - took us just over an hour before we stopped for a well deserved spritz and pizza!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • geniegal
    Melbourne, Australia572 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth The Trip
    Well worth the trip up. We are in our 70’s so didn’t do the long portico walk. Instead we went to Piazza Maggiore and caught the San Luca Express which is the little tourist train. Tickets are sold in the Piazza. From memory it was €12 per person with an additional €5 per person if you want to climb the 100 steps inside to the top of the dome. We did purchase the extra ticket and managed the climb fine. It is a very tight stone winding staircase and you go up and down the same way, however, there are large alcoves at intervals to pass or simply have a rest if you need it. The view from the top made it all worth it. The interior of the sanctuary is beautiful and at certain times you can go up and view the icon of the Virgin Mary and Child. The views from the garden and terrace out front are magnificent. Take some time to sit out front and enjoy this space. Even though we took the train up and back, we still got a good look at the portico as the train runs along side it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China1,60,065 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best visited by way of the portico lined walkway from city centre
    The San Luca Sanctuary is located a couple of km to the southwest of the city centre of Bologna and is connected by way of a 3.8 km long portico lined walkway. This is a basilica that a long history but the building you see today dates back to around 1723 and is Baroque in nature. It is open from 7am to 7pm daily (closes 30 minutes earlier between the months of October to March) and free to entry. San Luca is an impressive place to visit with a beautiful interior, particularly the elaborately decorated apse. However, it is the exterior, panoramic views from San Luca and the remarkable portico of San Luca path that you can walk up to and down from the sanctuary that is most memorable when it comes to the San Luca experience. This is a remarkable architectural structure and along with the many porticos in the city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2021). Note, there is a fun San Luca Express (Tourist Train) from Piazza Maggiore that you can use to visit San Luca if you don't want to walk up to the sanctuary.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy12,727 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to this sanctuary is a "must" for anyone coming to Bologna.
    This sanctuary is a landmark of Bologna, in the sense that anyone coming, by car or train, from the north, the west or the south, can consider themselves to have arrived in the city when they see the sanctuary standing out against the profile of the hill hosting it. The sanctuary isn't venerable for its antiquity (the current building dates back to the 18th century or later), but for its artistic value and symbolic strength at the same time. In fact, it was immediately destined to house an image of the Madonna which (as the name of the sanctuary indicates) is believed to have been painted by Saint Luke (1st century AD). It seems that the legend according to which the evangelist Luke produced portraits of the Madonna was born in the Byzantine context, to face the iconoclastic sect (8th century). The implication is that, if one of the evangelists has already depicted the Madonna with his consent, the production of sacred images has full legitimacy. The legend strengthened in the following centuries: in the city of Rome alone, seven canvases depicting the Madonna are counted today, traditionally attributed to the hand of Saint Luke. The canvas that gave rise to the current sanctuary in Bologna, according to a late chronicle (15th century), was brought from Constantinople by a pilgrim in the 12th century. Sources after the 15th century enriched the story with details, most of which cannot be verified. The certain fact is that the construction of the first basilica began in 1194. The reconstruction (practically a second construction) dates back to 1481, other interventions followed one another during the 17th century, while from 1723 to 1765 the interventions took place that gave the basilica its its current form. The basilica has an ovoid shape on the outside, which the presence of the Renaissance-style façade doesn't serve to hide, since the basilica surpasses this façade above and on the sides: therefore the curvilinear, late Baroque layout of the building remains prevalent, accentuated also by the two arms, also curved, which extend forward from the facade. The very sumptuous interior is notable for the presence of canvases by painters, among which Guido Reni and Guercino stand out. Other paintings, notable for their artistic and historical value, are visible in the sacristy. The scenography of the interior is however organized to draw attention towards the main altar, displaying the venerated effigy of the Madonna who gave rise to the church. The effigy is partly covered by a chiselled silver plate, from the Belgian school of the 17th century. Overall, a visit to this sanctuary (together with that of the incredible, very long portico connecting the sanctuary to the center of the city) is a "must" for anyone coming to Bologna.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 March 2024
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is a very attractive building both inside and out, and the Madonna herself is able to been seen up very close using the clearly marked stairs; amazingly I was alone in the actual room where the icon is.
I paid to climb the sky dome, which is available to do in the afternoons. There are about 120 stairs in total, on a narrow spiral enclosed stone staircase which does have a pole up the middle to hold. It is not difficult as long as you are relatively fit (I’m not particularly fit although I’m quite active) although I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a larger size rucksack! The view from the top is very good although you can only go halfway round the dome top.
Written 3 April 2024
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This sanctuary is a landmark of Bologna, in the sense that anyone coming, by car or train, from the north, the west or the south, can consider themselves to have arrived in the city when they see the sanctuary standing out against the profile of the hill hosting it.
The sanctuary isn't venerable for its antiquity (the current building dates back to the 18th century or later), but for its artistic value and symbolic strength at the same time. In fact, it was immediately destined to house an image of the Madonna which (as the name of the sanctuary indicates) is believed to have been painted by Saint Luke (1st century AD).
It seems that the legend according to which the evangelist Luke produced portraits of the Madonna was born in the Byzantine context, to face the iconoclastic sect (8th century). The implication is that, if one of the evangelists has already depicted the Madonna with his consent, the production of sacred images has full legitimacy.
The legend strengthened in the following centuries: in the city of Rome alone, seven canvases depicting the Madonna are counted today, traditionally attributed to the hand of Saint Luke.
The canvas that gave rise to the current sanctuary in Bologna, according to a late chronicle (15th century), was brought from Constantinople by a pilgrim in the 12th century. Sources after the 15th century enriched the story with details, most of which cannot be verified. The certain fact is that the construction of the first basilica began in 1194. The reconstruction (practically a second construction) dates back to 1481, other interventions followed one another during the 17th century, while from 1723 to 1765 the interventions took place that gave the basilica its its current form.
The basilica has an ovoid shape on the outside, which the presence of the Renaissance-style façade doesn't serve to hide, since the basilica surpasses this façade above and on the sides: therefore the curvilinear, late Baroque layout of the building remains prevalent, accentuated also by the two arms, also curved, which extend forward from the facade.
The very sumptuous interior is notable for the presence of canvases by painters, among which Guido Reni and Guercino stand out. Other paintings, notable for their artistic and historical value, are visible in the sacristy.
The scenography of the interior is however organized to draw attention towards the main altar, displaying the venerated effigy of the Madonna who gave rise to the church. The effigy is partly covered by a chiselled silver plate, from the Belgian school of the 17th century.
Overall, a visit to this sanctuary (together with that of the incredible, very long portico connecting the sanctuary to the center of the city) is a "must" for anyone coming to Bologna.
Written 30 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,60,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The San Luca Sanctuary is located a couple of km to the southwest of the city centre of Bologna and is connected by way of a 3.8 km long portico lined walkway. This is a basilica that a long history but the building you see today dates back to around 1723 and is Baroque in nature. It is open from 7am to 7pm daily (closes 30 minutes earlier between the months of October to March) and free to entry.

San Luca is an impressive place to visit with a beautiful interior, particularly the elaborately decorated apse. However, it is the exterior, panoramic views from San Luca and the remarkable portico of San Luca path that you can walk up to and down from the sanctuary that is most memorable when it comes to the San Luca experience. This is a remarkable architectural structure and along with the many porticos in the city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2021). Note, there is a fun San Luca Express (Tourist Train) from Piazza Maggiore that you can use to visit San Luca if you don't want to walk up to the sanctuary.
Written 27 March 2024
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Mikethepipes
London, UK1,226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We drove all the way up, lots of parking spaces, haha we missed all the steps.
Nice 360 degrees of Bologna.
Worth spending a couple of hours up there.
Written 15 February 2024
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mrc282
World8,251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
walk the longest portico, uphill, to get to here.

alternatively, drive or taxi a taxi, lazy man style

it is worth a peek, but i think 20 min is enough
Written 12 November 2023
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geniegal
Melbourne, Australia572 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Well worth the trip up. We are in our 70’s so didn’t do the long portico walk. Instead we went to Piazza Maggiore and caught the San Luca Express which is the little tourist train. Tickets are sold in the Piazza. From memory it was €12 per person with an additional €5 per person if you want to climb the 100 steps inside to the top of the dome. We did purchase the extra ticket and managed the climb fine. It is a very tight stone winding staircase and you go up and down the same way, however, there are large alcoves at intervals to pass or simply have a rest if you need it. The view from the top made it all worth it. The interior of the sanctuary is beautiful and at certain times you can go up and view the icon of the Virgin Mary and Child. The views from the garden and terrace out front are magnificent. Take some time to sit out front and enjoy this space. Even though we took the train up and back, we still got a good look at the portico as the train runs along side it.
Written 30 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ErkiBear
London, UK395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Caught the little road train from Piazza Maggiore to the Santuario as not sure we fancied the walk both ways as it was very hot. Great decision! The architecture of the sanctuario is beautiful and well worth the trip for the beautiful views of the countryside surrounding Bologna. Walked back to the city via the 4km long portico and thoroughly enjoyed it as there are interesting chapels to see on the way and it didn't feel too far - took us just over an hour before we stopped for a well deserved spritz and pizza!!
Written 13 October 2023
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andycoldham
Crawley, UK918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
As we are knocking on a bit now we did take the land train to the Basilica, in both directions. It is nice ride through the town and when we saw how steep the hill was to the summit, we knew we made the right decision. The basilica itself has a fantastic position on the top of the hill overlooking Bologna, and the interior is superb, it has toilets if needed and it was well worth a visit as the interior of the building is just stunning.
Written 7 October 2023
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Tara
Bath, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
On a hot day we decided to catch the land train from the Piazza Maggiore up to the church and then walk back down the hill through the porticos - it was amazing. The church at the top was fairly quiet inside and absolutely stunning. We then walked back down to the city centre under the shelter of the porticos enjoying the views and the odd painting or statue on the way.
This is a must if you are visiting Bologna.
Written 21 September 2023
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Duffman
Davistown, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
100% must do experience. We walked in from town and whilst it’s not really for the faint hearted the journey through the porticos is something to behold. The journey up (which never ends) is as spectacular as the journey down. Only bettered by the spritz and Moretti in town at the end of the trek to talk about the experience!
Written 6 September 2023
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