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Basilica di San Petronio

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Neighbourhood: Santo Stefano
As featured in 3 Days in Bologna and 1 other guide
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Address: Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 051 231415
07:45 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:45 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Absolutely breathtaking and well worth the visit. I'm not religious and I usually skip churches but I'm glad my mum insisted we visit it. It is enormous, you wouldn't be able to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Borbála G
Budapest, Hungary
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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Very big church and it should be seen when in Bologna. We just walk arroun, didn't go inside as it was so many people there on the square and so crowded that w didn't feel like going inside. Also there were guards in the front of the chuch and some soldiers with rifles on the square watching. Also very many... More 

Thank Natasa K
Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Absolutely breathtaking and well worth the visit. I'm not religious and I usually skip churches but I'm glad my mum insisted we visit it. It is enormous, you wouldn't be able to tell from the outside how big it is. You are not allowed to take photos unless you pay 2 euros.

Thank Borbála G
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You must go. Even if you are a religous person , the building is fantastic. A wondererous place to see. The artworks are a sight to behold.

Thank Jamie M
Headley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to Bologna, you have to see the Basilica. Surprisingly there seemed to me to be more impressive churches in the city with some truly amazing interiors but the focal point of Bologna is the Basilica and I suspect any tourist would regret not spending at least a little time visiting it. The two towers and other attractions... More 

Thank manc301
Girvan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful church to visit. You must go up to roof for panoramic view over the city. Guides within the church speak english.no shorts allowed and shoulders must be covered to visit.

Thank KarMar4322
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is stunning and far bigger than I imagined. The frescos and alters are amazing. I guess you have to think about the age the Basilica was built to appreciate the engineering and blood sweat and tears it must have taken to build something this magnificent.

Thank John M
Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

While the exterior is imposing, you'd never know from the outside that this is, in my judgement, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy. It is awe-inspiringly beautiful inside and surprisingly brighter than many larger basilicas. A Must See

Thank Stan W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large, spacious and full of light. From the outside that is not what you will expect but it is definitely worth going inside. Leave the hustle and bustle of Piazza Maggiore for a few moments of solemn self-reflection, the atmosphere or just the impressive construction.

Thank Eliz3-2Travel
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just come back from a long weekend trip to Bologna with my wife, the Basilica is in the middle of the square, truly beautiful and well worth a visit, free to enter , if you like churches then you'll love this one

Thank mele71
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This church was famous as a potential rival to St Peters in Rome. As a result, the couch put a stop on that and the outside is unfinished. Inside the feature of interest is a sundial device which operates from a hole in the ceiling. When the sun, the hole line up with marks on the floor, you can tell... More 

Thank Michael W

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