Bologna Churches & cathedrals

Our most recommended Bologna Churches & cathedrals

Bologna: Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

1. Bologna: Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

Bologna is rich in well-known churches and cathedrals. From the Basilica of San Petronio to the Cathedral of San Pietro, you will discover the wonders of ecclesiastical Bologna. During the tour you will range from Gothic to Baroque churches crossing centuries of history. Did you know that San Petronio is the largest brick-built Gothic church in the world? Discover many other curiosities with your expert guide! At the end of your tour, enjoy a tasty treat in the city centre.

Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

2. Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

The arcade that connects Porta Saragozza to the Sanctuary of San Luca is the longest in the world. Within its 3.5 kilometers 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 tour starts from Piazza Maggiore with a little train ride to Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. Begin the guided tour with the Sanctuary of San Luca and its panoramic forecourt with an optional visit to the Dome of the Sanctuary to admire the panorama of the city. Enjoy the descent with a little train ride along the arcade that leads to Meloncello's Arch and then along via Saragozza. Passing through Porta Saragozza, arrive at the Collegio di Spagna and de'Carbonesi, continuing via Massimo d'Azeglio you’ll return to Piazza Maggiore.

Bologna: Cathedral of San Petronio Tour & Panoramic Terrace

3. Bologna: Cathedral of San Petronio Tour & Panoramic Terrace

The Basilica of San Petronio, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, is the largest church in Bologna. It dominates Piazza Maggiore and, despite being largely unfinished, its imposing dimensions make it the 4th largest church in Italy and the largest Gothic brick church in the world. In the Basilica of San Petronio it is impossible not to know what time it is. Instead of a clock, the structure houses the longest sundial in the world. It measures 67 meters and crosses the floor of the church since 1657. It was Domenico Cassini who built it; an astronomy professor, who believed that the motion of the planets depended on the sun. With this guided tour, you will learn about the art and history of this church to finally discover its magical rooftop terrace and enjoy the splendid views over the city. Savour a small food tasting at the end of the tour.

From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

4. From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

Enjoy a Private Tour of Parma and Bologna from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours in each city and a private luxury vehicle with a chauffeur that will pick you up and drop you off from your hotel in Milan. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, besides your private tour guide you will go ahead to your first destination. You will discover Parma, a city in the north of Italy that has remarkable medieval architecture and beautiful forests surrounding it. Your private tour guide will show you the tourist attractions of the city such as the cathedral with Romanesque style, the opera house Teatro, the Baptistery with Romanesque and Gothic styles and much more. When you finish visiting Parma you will go ahead to your destination, Bologna which is one of the best-preserved historic cities and has one of the largest medieval old towns in Europe. You will visit as well the tourist attractions of Bologna such as the two medieval famous towers, the Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio known for being one of the largest churches in existence, the basilica of San Francisco known for being a Gothic church and much more. After visiting the two cities, your private chauffeur will drop you off at your hotel in Milan or your place of preference inside the city.

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What people are saying about Bologna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 30 reviews

It was good but we had some challenges. First they said to meet in the Piazza. The piazza is huge. More details were needed. By the time I texted and re texted to find the guide the train was full and we couldn’t sit together and were packed in like sardines. Not a good beginning. The train was also a challenge. The earplugs only worked on one side and it was hard to hear as the train was bumpy and moved around. The guide tried to help us but wasn’t able to sit beside either of us to explain things on the way up. A bit more organization and attention to detail would definitely help the experience.