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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
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Ranked #14 of 348 things to do in Bologna
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Take the San Luca Express toy train from Piazza Maggiore ( 10 euros) and you get a mini tour of Bologna and then the amazing drive up to the Santuario. There is a portico that stretches all the way up the hill from the city so you could walk but you had better be triathlete fit. Some brilliant views from the top and the inside of the Santuario is pretty spectacular. Do not miss this

Date of experience: November 2018
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"tourist train"
in 52 reviews
"longest portico"
in 37 reviews
"great walk"
in 29 reviews
"up hill"
in 15 reviews
"walk up"
in 33 reviews
"covered walkway"
in 17 reviews
"surrounding countryside"
in 22 reviews
"small train"
in 8 reviews
"walking shoes"
in 8 reviews
"breathtaking views"
in 8 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 24 reviews
"city centre"
in 26 reviews
"beautiful church"
in 29 reviews
"sunny day"
in 15 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 10 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 22 reviews
"long climb"
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

a wonderful walk, fully under the portici, starting from within the town up to the hill, a little outside Bologna. No matter the weather, consider taking this 2-hour walk or look for the bus instead!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mikestax
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Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

The whole point about this place is the walk up the longest colonnade in the world and back down. A must do in Bologna.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank H3548JVcolinh
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

We visited riding the little train which felt very touristy but didn't have the energy to walk up thorugh portico, though if you are fit enough I am sure this is the way to do it. We paid 10 euro each for the train and although there was a guided commentary I suspect we could have done it cheaper by taxi. The basilic a itself isn't up to much, fairly standard Italian baroque church but in a great position with views over the surrounding country and parts of Bologna. We couldn't find a coffee shop which was disappointing as quite a wait for next train down. There was a pizzeria opposite which was closed but there are paying toilets under the basilica.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul Jeremy T
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

We had a car and were able to drive up most of the hill, but still had a 10 minute walk up under the porticos. The graffitti on the porticos detracted from the piety of the place. The drawing attributed the evangelist Luke is interesting, and engenders tremendous devotion from many devout Catholics who were there on pilgrimages. The church itself took us back to the old Italian American churchs in the US before Vatican II. While there is a small parking lot about a 10 minute walk from the church it is still a good uphill climb. Glad we went.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnandMarylou
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