The Church of Santi Bartolomeo e Gaetano stands along Strada Maggiore and has remote origins dating back to the 11th century.
After welcoming a community of Cluniac nuns in the 13th century, in 1516 the church was demolished with the aim of erecting one that was more imposing. In fact, its superb porch dates back to this period. At the end of the 15th century it passed to the Theatines who, in 1653-88, had the church rebuilt, providing it with a new bell tower and a new dome, and who added to the original title of San Bartolomeo that of the founder of their order, San Gaetano Thiene. The bell tower, in particular, is 52 metres high and stands in via San Vitale.
The interior preserves works by Ludovico Carracci, Guido Reni and other masters of the Bolognese school of the 17th century.
Weekdays: 7am-12.30pm and 3.30pm-7.00pm; holidays: 8.30am-1pm and 3.30pm-7.00pm. During the religious services, the tourist visit could be limited or suspended. Opening times can be subjected to little changes. For further information please call: Curia Arcivescovile tel. 051 6480611.