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Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 231415
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  • Excellent53%
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  • Average9%
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“meridian line” (35 reviews)
“take photos” (38 reviews)
“sun dial” (14 reviews)
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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Santo Stefano
+39 051 231415
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice inside but exterior spoiled by work being carried out, fencing & scaffolding etc. If you want to take photos inside you have to pay.

Thank russ3459
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent just a day in bologna on our way to Puglia, and walked around. The historical center in a lovely walk with lost to see! We couldn't do it all in one day but definitely worth a stop!

Thank Virginia E
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can't miss it and will walk past it several times during your stay. The facade is unfinished , that's why it stands out.

Thank Zkied
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a large basilica, like you see often in Italy. I was impressed of its size and the fact that was well maintained .

Thank florinsandu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

San Petronius is fantastic architecture, housing amazing art, frescos, sculpture - and a lovely meridian line built into the floor! Really was overwhelmed by this harmonious combination of learning, art, and religion.

Thank joyoftravel2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is located just off Piazza Maggiore and because it is the church of the patron saint of Bologna it is very grand with the usual painted ceiling, ornate columns, both elaborate and simple side chapels.If you wish to take photographs you need to...More

Thank Sunseeker215
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Basilica is in the main square of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, and is not to be missed. Of course magnificent churches aren't a rarity in Italy. This one stand out for its sheer size. Plus the fact that parts of it are spartan while others...More

Thank FTMDave
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Busy with tourists, of course, but a fascinating church to visit. We paid the additional €3 to go into the famous side chapel with the 'Heaven and hell' and were impressed that this included a tablet with commentary to help us understand what was depicted...More

Thank Evvvvery
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderfully simple basilica, which contains the great sundial on the floor, activated by an oculus high up in the roof. Capes are available if you're wearing short shorts or skirts or strappy tops. Nice to find real devotional candles rather than electric ones.

Thank mirabeille
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Biggest church in Bologna, they say one of the biggest in the world. Pay attention to the Meridian line on the floor.

Thank Leo P
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