Guided tour

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

Activity provider: BOLOGNA TOUR

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

Activity provider: BOLOGNA TOUR

From US$ 28.08 per person

Enjoy a round-trip ticket from Bologna to San Luca with the Express train, the new tourist line that connects the city center to the enchanting basilica. Afterward, enjoy a delicious food tasting.

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Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the Sanctuary and come back at the time of your choosing
  • Discover the city from a new perspective
  • Enjoy a tasting of typical products of Bologna
Full description

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 member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require.

When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

  • San Luca Express ticket and timetable
  • Map of Bologna
  • Multilingual audioguide
  • Earphones
  • 2 food tasting vouchers
  • Live guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips

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Meeting point

The meeting place is in front of the Neptune Fountain where one of our staff members will accompany you at the start of the tour

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Returns train is available every 45 minutes
  • At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return trains
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 116 reviews

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A little chaotic getting on the train on a busy day but once you’re off it’s magical and fun. The basilica is really beautiful and the views are astounding on a good day. If it’s clear it’s 100% worth it to pay extra at the top to climb to the dome viewing deck. The free lunch tickets are great but they may not fill you up too much! Relax, enjoy and have a laugh at the buffoons who ran all the way up the portico.

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October 31, 2022

Train with its audioguide was great. Also, tasting the local pastry was quite a nice thing (warning though: each person only gets one type of pastry), however the other part of the food tasting (the "main dish") was quite dissapointing (Bologna is world famous for its cuisine, however we were literally given just one type of fast food). My advice: book the train to the basilica separately and then explore Bologna's cuisine on your own.

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October 16, 2022

I boarded the San Luca express at 4.10pm and we were provided with headphones so to listen to the tour on the way. We arrived at the Basilica of St Luca about 30 mins later - it took us along the road adjacent to the Portici where people can walk all the way to the Basilica - it is used as a place to exercise also for sportspeople. When we arrived, we had about 50 mins till the next San Luca Express. We could take photos from the outside visit the Basilica inside and pay our respects (it was a pilgrimage place that many believers would visit). It was a most glorious evening and a view of the mountains on the outskirts of Bologna was visible.

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October 9, 2022

Product ID: 243927