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Via di San Luca 36, 40135 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 614 2339
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were just walking around Piazza Maggiore when we saw the 'Train'. We decided to do the return trip up to San Luca. The recorded information was ok as was the train ride. The trip up to San Luca was good, the return trip was...More

Thank London1953
Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to take the hilarious little Luca Express 'train' which you catch in Piazza Maggiore. In September it was running every hour. It was a hoot compared to walking uphill for 6 plus kilometers. There is time to experience the 666 porticos and view...More

Thank Seaholly2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked up to the basilica from the centre of Bologna. It is about 3 miles so, if you’re doing it from the Centre, wear comfortable shoes. It is all under porticoes so sun exposure is not a problem. En route there are several Mysteries...More

Thank Hstevens282
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s not so much the Basilica itself that makes this a ‘must do’ when in Bologna, it’s more the walk under 666 porticos (yes, deliberately the devil’s number, apparently.) which form an under cover serpentine corridor that can be attempted in all weathers. At the...More

Thank Nichola M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend walking up to this church since it is a great walk and you do get good view at the top but the most amazing thing is that the portico which starts from the outskirts of Bologna and lead all the way to...More

Thank Keri L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can walk all the way to this beautiful church of San Luca under porticoes but it’s a long walk so we took a cab. We found when we got there that you can also get a bus. The views are stunning and the church...More

1  Thank FdHeer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can catch the San Luca express up and back or be brave and walk it but whatever you do, take the trouble to go here. Great views of Bologna and the surrounding countryside. The church is deeply moving. The 660 portici are worth experiencing-...More

Thank giacomina17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was planning to walk up the hill through the porticos but decided to take the San Luca express. Great view from the top of the hill and the church is beautiful. I can understand for some that are not Catholic it may not be worth...More

Thank YolandaWilson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wouldn't climb this mountain to get here, as some people did, but I would take the "car-train" again. You can catch this ride in the center of town, near City Hall. It's worth going up, even if you don't go into San Luca, because...More

Thank Portia82104
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the “hop-on/hop-off” bus (from the Piazza Maggiore) which took us all the way up to this beautiful sanctuary. It is situated on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the city and there is also a covered walkway all the way to the bottom....More

Thank Birgitte E
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29 July 2018|
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Response from Chris V | Reviewed this property |
Hi there I have taken a look at the official website and it indicates that the Sanctuary will be open from 7am during your visit. Thanks Chris
Stephanie L
13 June 2017|
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Response from Sandy S | Reviewed this property |
You can get to the bottom of the hill by public bus, then hike up through the porticos.
17 June 2015|
Response from Lewislonghouse |
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