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Bologna – San Luca

From the city center there is a path, which reaches the Sanctuary of San Luca, the traditional destination for religious pilgrimages linked to the devotion of the Blessed Virgin. The route offers the opportunity to know the arcades of Bologna, candidates to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The arcade that connects Porta Saragozza to The Sanctuary of San Luca is the longest in the world. Within its 3,5 km 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 route includes an excursion in the Park Talon. Starting from Piazza Maggiore, passing through the Fontana del Nettuno, you reach  the church of S. Martino di Casalecchio di Reno in via Porrettana with the bus 20 and continue along the path of the Bregoli in the Parco della Chiusa (known as Park Talon  from the name of Villa Talon Sampieri), from where you arrive at the Sanctuary of San Luca. The return includes the descent along the arcade that leads to Meloncello's Arch and then along via Saragozza, passing through Porta Saragozza, you arrive at the Collegio di Spagna and from via de' Carbonesi, continuing in via Massimo d'Azeglio you are back at Piazza Maggiore.

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Heiligtum der Madonna di San Luca   Sanctuaire de la Madonna di San Luca   El Santuario de la Madonna di San Luca   СВЯТИЛИЩЕ МАДОННЫ СВЯТОГО ЛУКИ

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore is located at the very centre of Bologna. In the past the square underwent many changes and was further enriched with important buildings: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi.

Piazza Nettuno

Piazza Nettuno

Piazza del Nettuno was given this name because it was built to give prominence to Statua del Nettuno, the statue that may be seen at its centre.

Church of S. Martino a Casalecchio di Reno

Church of S. Martino a Casalecchio di Reno

The Church of San Martino in Casalecchio di Reno was founded during the 17th century by the Frati Martiniani. For people coming from Bologna, the church may be suddenly seen after Villa Ghillini. Not so long ago the church used to overlook the entire city of Casalecchio di Reno, from the hill where the church was raised.

Sentiero del Bregoli

Sentiero del Bregoli

The path of the Bregoli is a fascinating and picturesque historical path ( CAI no.112/A) with quite difficult slopes and a length of 1,7 Km.

Parco della Chiusa

Parco della Chiusa

Called also Talon, consists of what remains from the villa and the park of the Marquis Talon Sampieri.

Sanctuary of San Luca

Sanctuary of San Luca

Traditional place of worship for the presence of an image the Virgin of St. Luca as well as reassuring visual landmark for Bolognese approaching town, the shrine located on top of Guardia hill is one of Bologna's symbol. An arcade with more than 600 vaults connects the shrine to the town and is unique for its length covering almost four kilometres (3,796 m).

Meloncello Arch

Meloncello Arch

Was completed in 1732 by the architect Carlo Francesco Dotti. From this point diverge the three main porticos of Bologna: To the north, passing alongside the stadium to the Certosa (municipal cemetery); To the east, leading to the Saragozza Gate and the center of the city; To the southwest, the Portico of San Luca, leading up to the Madonna of San Luca Sanctuary.

Porta Saragozza

Porta Saragozza

Porta Saragozza could be called the “Holy Gate” or the “Gate of Pilgrims” (“Porta sacra”, “Porta dei pellegrini”) for two reasons: first – its name should remind of the mythical victory of Christians against Muslims in a faraway Iberian land; second – the gate has been an important point on the way to the hill Colle della Guardia and to the Sanctuary of Beata Vergine di San Luca (Virgin Mary of San Luca) – the goal of many processions and pilgrims.

Collegio di Spagna

Collegio di Spagna

This complex was founded in 1364, by Cardinal Egidio Albornoz, to host Spanish students enrolled in the famous university town.