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Private Tour: Ecclesiastical Heritage of Bologna
"Your guide can show you up to 3 different churches that present significant yet different aspects of the selected genre. (Popular visits include S. Stefano S.Petronio and S.Domenico). This in-depth hassle-free private tour is hosted by a professional guide. Please list any special interests you have at the time of booking to alert your guide so that he or she can prepare for your private tour.""""Delve into Bologna's Romanesque Gothic and Baroque churches on your private guided tour examining the history
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Private Tour: Bologna Cycling Sightseeing Tour
"You'll also view the Medieval Market and Loggia Dei Mercanti the Anatomy Theatre (closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday) Basilica of San Petronio the Archiginnasio Two Towers and the Complex of Santo Stefano. Pedal the length of the ancient canal system you may just be surprised at how much water runs through Bologna! For those with a little extra time to explore the city an extended tour may include San Giacomo
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Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour
"Untouched by mass tourism Bologna is the capital of the prosperous Emilia Romagna region. On this Classical Bologna Private Walking Tour you'll discover why Bologna has so many nicknames including La Dotta (The Learned) for its ancient university; La Rossa (The Red) for the warm colors of its roofs and houses and La Grassa (The Fat) for the wonderful food you'll find here!This private walking tour takes you to see some of the most important buildings in the city
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San Luca church Tips (3)

Walk up into the hills

Leave the city behind by following the longest uninterrupted arcade in the world up into the hills to the San Luca Monastery.

The arcade starts at Porta Saragozza and winds its way across roads and up to reach the monastery which looks over Bologna.

Its a pleasant walk, not too strenuous and the arcade provides shade on a hot or rainy day. At the top there is a pizza restaurant - be warned though, they only serve sandwiches during the day.

After a rest and exploring the monastery, turn round and walk back down - its easer on the way down.

reenby
Jul 18, 2007

San Luca

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is situated on the Mount Gardia. Built in the XI century and much enlarged in XIV and XVIII. The interior contains works of different masters but most important is painting of Madonna with Child (Greek painting from XII century) attributed to the evangelist Luca. The best way to visit this Sanctuary and place of pilgrim is by foot because there is great portico. The portico starts out from the Gate (Porta) of Saragozza and leads up to the Sancturay. It was built in XVII century.

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Dec 09, 2002

San Luca
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The walk up to San Luca is long but well worth the effort, it is all under cover from sun or rain. The famous porticoes are very pretty despite their age. One of the most important portico is no doubt this one up to S.Luca, it is the longest in the world and links the city to the Sanctuary of Madonna di S.Luca, stretching for three and half kilometres over the hill of Monte della Guardia. In the Sanctuary there is a Madonna icon made from the evangelista Luca as people used to say. This is a very famous site not only for tourists, but also for the people of Bologna who used to climb these porticos in faith, for fun and also for jogging.
By night both Basilica and portico are lit up in order to be clearly visible.

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Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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Santurario del Corpus Domini

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Palazzo della Giustizia

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San Domenico

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Palazzo Comunale - Town Hall

The imposing building on the west side of Piazza Maggiore was once the home of the Accursio family, but has been the seat of the city council since 1336. It was renovated in 1444, and again in the...
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San Petronio

The huge Basilica was built to honour Petronius, bishop of Bologna in the fifth century. it is reckoned to be one of the greatest Catholic churches throughout Italy and features a length of 132...
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San Francesco

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