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Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236245
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A magnificent Roman Catholic church, hidden in the heart of Bologna. There is an entrance fee (4 €), but it totally worth it. The group of life sized terracotta statues is a truly impressive site.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank doppelganger_et
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small church on Via Clavatura 8, is unprepossessing from the outside but hidden on the right side of the church near the altar is one of the most remarkable works of art in bologna. Yes, you do have to pay 4 euros to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HannahHC2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing sight to see. Hard to imagine they were made over 500 years ago and have been preserved all this time. A group of school children were there at the time we visited so we got a chance to hear some commentary as well. Extraordinary.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rockland1792
Reviewed 6 November 2018

A friend had studied the university in Bologna so I asked his advice and this was on the list. admittedly he was studying art, so was perhaps a little biased in his selection. Unbelievably fabulous. the kind of art work that you cannot just walk...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Joanna H
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The terracotta figures at SM della Vita were a must see for me. The anguish on the women’s faces and swirling, frenetic motion brought me to tears. You have to pay a small fee to see them, don’t miss it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KatherineHPat
Reviewed 26 October 2018

A stone's throw from the main square is this church- one of the smaller churches we visited in the city but possibly the most beautiful. Your eye doesn't know where to look, there is magnificence on all sides. The only thing that was a bit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

We were fascinated by a BBC programme that introduced us to Niccolò dell'Arca and had to see his work in this rather understated church. The entrance fee to the chapel where the 'compianto' is located was worth every penny. The 'Arca' (in the Chiesa di...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Archilingue
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

The terra cotta statues are awesome. This is a must see in Bologna. There is a small fee to see these.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tjb600
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

In the fall of 1977 some local people that we were staying with took us to a quiet church on a side street to see the lamentation. Over forty years later it is still burned into my memory!!!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kerry C
Reviewed 23 July 2018

My wife and friend convinced me to go to the see the terracotta images that portrayed the death of Christ. I must admit I found it very moving and we spent a good 30 minutes looking at the various sculptures, which were amazing for the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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2 March 2018|
Response from Gonzoid52 | Reviewed this property |
I am afraid i cannot answer that for you, if it where me, i would try contacting the nearest tourist office, you can find them online nowadays, i have had need to do this on my travels. good luck.
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Response from allus | Reviewed this property |
I was not aware of a formal dress code on my visit but it makes sense to just dress respectfully with no bare shoulders or shorts, as other contributers have suggested. This will likely only be an issue in summer months.