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Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 231415
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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Santo Stefano
+39 051 231415
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the main and largest church in Bologna, dedicated to it's patron saint. A guide told us that the original aim was to build a church larger that St Peter's in Rome. Naturally the Pope wasn't going to allow that so Pio IV went...More

Thank AJJS1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A church of grand scale with an interesting history. It is worth paying the 3 euros to go into the only area you need to pay for - the frescos are incredibly well preserved and you get an audioguide giving you an overview of what...More

Thank Emsy22
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There is much to see inside this place off of the main square. We wished we had a guidebook, but a friendly fellow tourist informed us about various aspects of the historical significance and architecture of this lovely Basilica. The Meridian line, or sun dial,...More

Thank KayMacTravel7
Reviewed 6 days ago

Worth a visit, is huge inside. To sit on the stairs in front of is very relaxing on a warm summer evening.

Thank szi2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice inside but exterior spoiled by work being carried out, fencing & scaffolding etc. If you want to take photos inside you have to pay.

Thank russ3459
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent just a day in bologna on our way to Puglia, and walked around. The historical center in a lovely walk with lost to see! We couldn't do it all in one day but definitely worth a stop!

Thank Virginia E
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't miss it and will walk past it several times during your stay. The facade is unfinished , that's why it stands out.

Thank Zkied
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a large basilica, like you see often in Italy. I was impressed of its size and the fact that was well maintained .

Thank florinsandu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

San Petronius is fantastic architecture, housing amazing art, frescos, sculpture - and a lovely meridian line built into the floor! Really was overwhelmed by this harmonious combination of learning, art, and religion.

Thank joyoftravel2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is located just off Piazza Maggiore and because it is the church of the patron saint of Bologna it is very grand with the usual painted ceiling, ornate columns, both elaborate and simple side chapels.If you wish to take photographs you need to...More

Thank Sunseeker215
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