The Basilica of San Petronio, dedicated to the city's patron saint, is located in Piazza Maggiore and is the largest and most important church in Bologna.
Its construction began in 1390 under the supervision of Antonio di Vincenzo. In 1514, Arduino degli Arriguzzi suggested a new Latin-cross model that would have been larger than St. Peter's Basilica in Rome but, according to legend, Pope Pius IV blocked its construction and insisted on the erection of the Archiginnasio instead. The façade also remained unfinished, being only partly covered in marble by Giacomo Ranuzzi starting from 1538. The interior, completed in different eras, is divided into three naves, which open onto twenty-two chapels decorated by artists, including Francesco Francia, Lorenzo Costa, Parmigianino and Donato Credi.
Famous is the Music Chapel of San Petronio, the oldest musical institution in Bologna (1436), whose most prestigious symbol is a still functioning organ, which, built around 1470 by Lorenzo da Prato, is the oldest in the world still in use. The Chapel of the Three Wise Men (IV) or Bolognini, is also very popular among visitors. Its walls were sumptuously frescoed by Giovanni da Modena with scenes representing “Heaven” and “Hell”.
The sundial by the astronomer Cassini is also well-known and is the longest in the world, measuring 67.27 metres.
The Basilica of San Petronio also has a bell tower. Built in the 15th century by Giovanni da Brensa, it is 62 metres high and rises to the height of the eleventh chapel to the right of the church. One of its four bells is called "the schoolgirl" (la scolara), because it marked the beginning of the university lessons at the Archiginnasio.
Basilica di San Petronio Free entrance - Foto ticket € 2
Cappella dei Magi Admission ticket € 3.00 - Group € 1
Panoramic terrace* Admission ticket € 3.00 Free entrance: Bologna Welcome Card PLUS holders, Amici di San Petronio members, priests, monks, children up to 12. *The visit takes approximately 30 minutes. Access to the panoramic terrace is allowed to max. 25 persons at the same time.
Guided Tours: it is possible to attend 1-hour tour in: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian. Booking required within 2 days prior to the date of visit. Visit Fee: € 50.00 for 5 persons + € 3.50 every additional person Info and reservations: +39 346 5768400 - email@example.com