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 in one of the historical markets.  

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'Azeglio you’ll return to Piazza Maggiore.

Bologna: 4 Hour Guided E-Bike Tour on the hills & Aperitivo

3. Bologna: 4 Hour Guided E-Bike Tour on the hills & Aperitivo

- Max lenght of the itinerary: 40 km - Maximum vertical descent: 400 m Cycle from the center of Bologna into the historic hills on a guided E-bike tour. Ride through the peaceful parks of the city and ascend into the villages of Mongardino Grotta and Sasso Marconi. See Parco Talon and experience the tastes of an Italian aperitivo. Make your way to the bike rental store and get ready for an adventure into Bologna and its picturesque surroundings. Cycle on your E-bike around the center of the city, admiring the architecture. Follow your guide into the beautiful, stretching parks and climb up into the hills. Take in stunning views as you pass through the little villages of Mongardino Grotta and Sasso Marconi. Ride through the serene Parco Talon, once owned by a marquis, before celebrating your tour and effort by indulging in an exquisite cheese and wine tasting experience.

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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Day spent in Bologna in the center, booked tour to San Luca by train. Staff at the meeting point friendly and helpful explaining in detail. Very nice and kind staff in charge of the train. The ride was enjoyable with very attentive and responsible driver of your job

I had a very nice reception from the staff and a very smooth trip. I liked the fact that I had the possibility to enjoy the place without having to rush because I was able to catch the train back by the end of the afternoon.

The tour by train to San Lucas was comfortable, punctual, safe , with plenty and useful information in English, and Ilaria , the tour guide, was polite and helpful. Well done!

Francesca was amazing, she was exactly where she said she would be and made sure I had ample information about the day ahead as well I speak no Italian she got me checked in.

Great experience, fun with the train with Dutch explanation to the Basilica. Beautiful view, also the climb to the highest point is very worthwhile