The Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is a basilica church in Bologna, northern Italy, sited atop a forested hill, Colle or Monte della Guardia, some 300 metres above the city plain, just south-west of the historical centre of the city.
While a road now leads up to the sanctuary, it is also possible to reach it along a 3.8 km monumental roofed arcade (Portico di San Luca) consisting of 666 arches, which was built in 1674–1793. It was meant to protect the icon as it was paraded up the hill. A yearly procession from the Cathedral of San Pietro in the centre of Bologna to the Sanctuary goes along this path. Originally the arches held icons or chapels erected by the patron family.
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Trent Lorcher | Feb 25, 2018
Awesome walk and beautiful sanctuary. Park at piazza della pace near the soccer stadium and walk up to it under the pórticos. Excellent views.
Scott Shirbin | Nov 25, 2017
If you’re in Bologna - I personally think this is a great thing to do if you have time. Such a beautiful walk up one of the worlds longest Porticos. Took me about 1hr 30mins from the centre of the city. It’s quite a climb with lots of stairs but walking is the best way to do it. Lots of great view points on the way. Once you get to the top you’re greeted by a beautiful church surrounded by lovely gardens. You can go up the top of the church and get a lovely view of the town. Recommend!
Edward Camilleri | Nov 2, 2017
You need to get a tourist train ride here from piazza Maggiore ( or walk it - lovely yet quite a long walk ) but its totally worth it. The views are absolutely breath taking! A must see!
木子 | Sep 10, 2017
seems far from city centre but definitely worth a visit there are lots of steps so be prepared to spend some energy. bring water and you can refill your bottles at the fountains when you reach the top. they say that there are 666 arches that make up the portico but obviously it's just a "legend" lol to get to even higher spot to have a panoramic view you have to pay a 5 euro
Sheri Halfaker | Jan 12, 2018
Take the #58 Bus from Villa Spada, it takes you right to San Luca. Then enjoy the walk back to the City Center.
Gabriele Tabanelli | Mar 30, 2018
One of the nicest and most spectacular walk in town. 4 km of unique charming portici. Perfect for families, for practicing your runner skills or just for chilling. At the top of the hill you can admire the sanctuary, one of the symbol of Bologna.
Amalia Fulias | Mar 27, 2018
Is far away from the centre of Bologna, but it's a great view when you are there. A silent place with good energy! ❤
Roderick Silva | Mar 11, 2018
Beautiful views from the top of the church. Definitely worth the 5 euro fee.
Lisa V. | May 20, 2018
This is a must-See for everybody who visits Bologna! The church of San Luca sits on top of this little mountain outside of Bologna. It is a 35 minute walk up there through the beautiful porticis and on top of the mountain you have a beautiful view over the city of Bologna and the green nature and mountains on the other side! Highly recommend coming here!
Nancy Kukla | May 27, 2018
Breath-taking. Beautiful porticoes lead down the hill to the city. A must see.
Mulubrhan Desta | Jul 10, 2018
This is a great place to visit. There are steps to walk to the church from the main road. It takes around 30 mins by walk and it is breath-taking. The internal structure of the church is rather marvelous. You can have an excellent view of the whole Bologna city from that place.
Samson Earle | Jun 27, 2018
If you are in the area and want some great views then its worth a trip or hike to the top! inside is calm and beautiful
Guy Thompson | Jul 18, 2018
Beautiful church with great views. It sits on the top of a hill at the end of a 4km long porticoed pavement that runs from Porta Saragossa. Alternatively, there is a land train service from Piazza Maggiore. We took the train up and walked back down. The church has an option to climb to a high level 180 degree viewing platform, but the views at ground level and from the porticos are spectacular.
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