Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

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  • From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

    1. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

    The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting. This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a staff person, who will welcome you and respond to your information. When you return, you will get to taste of typical products i...

    I am so lucky to get to this place with a Train tour. Very well organized, the amazing road to Basilica, and the biggest bonus is the view from the top hill from the San Luca! Must see! Very appreciated to the Tour Organization! Thanks a million! :)

  • Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

    2. Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

    The arcade that connects Porta Saragozza to the Sanctuary of San Luca is the longest in the world. Within its 3.5 kilometers there are 666 arches, each marked by a number: the first 306 connect Porta Saragozza to Meloncello Arch, while the last 360 are located in the hilly area from Meloncello to Colle della Guardia. These are spaced out by 15 chapels illustrating the mystery of the rosary. The tour starts from Piazza Maggiore with a little train ride to Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. Begin the guided tour with the Sanctuary of San Luca and its panoramic forecourt with an optional visit to the Dome of the Sanctuary to admire the panorama of the city. Enjoy the descent with a little train ride along the arcade that leads to Meloncello's Arch and then along via Saragozza. Passing through Porta Saragozza, arrive at the Collegio di Spagna and de'Carbonesi, continuing via Massimo d'Az...

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What people are saying about Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 19 reviews

The little train is really nice and the explanations about the city clear and interesting. The tastings are of high quality and consistent. The only problem is the coffee tasting because it is impossible to sit down, the coffee must be drunk on a corner of the bar, the cake which is part of the formula is not done despite the complaint and we are made feel from start to finish that we are really bothering them. it is frankly a shame. It would be preferable for Bologna Tour to choose another café, less "prestigious" on the location side but where the customer is well treated. This is the reason why I did not put 5 stars.

We had a nice trip to the San Luca Basilica. The host was really kind, send me a Whatsapp the day before, brought us to the train the next day and provided us the coupons of the tastings. We had a nice day and a superb view. Note the train only brings you to the Basilica, so you still need to pay to watch for the crypts and if you want to access the top floor of the Basilica to have a nice view over Bologna (€3,- and €5,- extra) The tastings were superb! We really enjoyed the complete tour. Though paying the full price for children I find a bit too much. Thank you!

Wonderful trip up to san luca / fantastically beautiful church and the surroundings ❤️ / I'm glad we took the little train / because it just goes up / and then in the heat. Good idea and go up there around 10 am or a little later / because the church closes early / siesta ❤️And the 2 cutest guides. Can only be recommended

I am so lucky to get to this place with a Train tour. Very well organized, the amazing road to Basilica, and the biggest bonus is the view from the top hill from the San Luca! Must see! Very appreciated to the Tour Organization! Thanks a million! :)

Great little train if you are not able or do not have time to climb the steep hill. And you will also listen to the history of the basilica during your trip. I recommend it.