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Sanctuary of San Luca

St. Luke’s Sanctuary

Via di San Luca, 36 - 40135 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6142339

Reference maps: M-9

Date of last update: 27/03/2020, 16:30

The Sanctuary of San Luca, located on Colle della Guardia, has been the symbol of Bologna as well as a place of religious worship for centuries. It is connected to the city centre by a road that, starting from Porta Saragozza, unwinds for four kilometres with a portico that boasts over 600 archways and is the longest in the world. Together with the other city porticoes, it was nominated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

The portico started being built in 1674 and, during Ascension week, a procession has been walking along it carrying the Byzantine Madonna with Child to the Cathedral since 1433. The Sanctuary church was, however, built later in the 18th century to replace a previous 15th-century construction.

The sanctuary offers marvellous views over the surrounding landscape. In addition, the panoramic terrace opened in 2017 at a height of 42 metres above Colle della Guardia (300 m asl), enables visitors to admire a unique 180° view of Bolognafrom the hills to the centre stretching out as far as Casalecchio di Reno.

by San Luca Express train, timetable and price available here

by car: ring road exits  No 1-2,  direction city center

by car sharing: you can reach your destination by yourself with Auting, a peer to peer car sharing service. Let’s search for the car that best suits your needs on auting.it  get in touch with the owner and let’s start your trip!

by car sharing: you can reach your destination by yourself with Auting, a peer to peer car sharing service. Let’s search for the car that best suits your needs on auting.it  get in touch with the owner and let’s start your trip!

Sanctuary: free

Panoramic terrace: "San Luca Sky Experience Card",  a donation of € 5 is required.

Reducted donation € 3:
- young people 10 to 18 years
- members of Succede solo a Bologna association
- schools
– over 65

Free
- children under 10 years visiting with their family
- disabled (with exception of those who have severe deambulation problems, since the access is through a spiral staircase)
- tourist guides and journalists with cards
- Bologna Welcome Card PLUS holders

From Mon. to Sat.: 7am – 6pm from November to February / 7am - 7pm from March to October
On working days the Sanctuary is closed from 12:30pm to 2:30pm Sundays and Public Holidays: 7am – 6pm from November to February / 7am – 7pm from March to October

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

Panoramic terrace opening time(The terrace remains closed, reopening date to be defined):
Summer timetable (from March 1 to October 31)
Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm e 2pm-7pm
Sunday: 9:30am-7pm
Winter timetable (from November 1 to February 28)
Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm e 2pm-6pm
Sunday: 9:30-18:00

You can access without reservation to the viewpoint.

For group with turistic guide please contact: sanluca@succedesoloabologna.it

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