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Basilica di San Petronio

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Neighbourhood: Santo Stefano
As featured in 3 Days in Bologna and 1 other guide
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Address: Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 231415
07:45 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:45 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Be aware of these unposted rules; Hints for meridian viewing

Admission is free, but in order to take ANY photos you need to pay a small/reasonable fee at the bookshop (located on the left side). Also be aware that even if you have paid the... read more

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Admission is free, but in order to take ANY photos you need to pay a small/reasonable fee at the bookshop (located on the left side). Also be aware that even if you have paid the photo fee, there still a few areas on the left side of the cathedral (behind red velvet ropes) where photos are not allowed. Instead of... More 

Thank 1VoiceInTheCrowd
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a hidden gem in the middle of Bologna. The largest indoor cathedral we ever saw, and we have been in churches all over Europe. For 2 euros you can take pictures for 2 hours. Great history and art combined.

Thank Bud W
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a lovely place to visit, but being overcrowded and too huge it did not give an impression of its own soul. It still worth a visit.

Thank TalyaRu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you come in Bologna is a must see place. There is a square where you can also eat and have a really nice aperitif . Also the inside is really worthy to visit.

Thank Yên-Phi O
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The church has a commanding and dominating position in piazza maggiore. Its huge inside. I paid the 2 euros to be allowed to take photos. Unfortunately you have to pay even more to see the paintings of the devil on the wall and are not allowed to take photos of that which I do not understand why especially of you... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It really looks very good inside and it is beautifully renovated. Try to there between the weekends as it is not so full.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral predates St. Peters in Rome and might have been the biggest cathedral in all of Italy were it not for the decision to base the Vatican in Rome and then make sure that nothing was larger than St. Peter's. It dates from well before the building of St. Peter's. The outside has been rather magnificently restored. There are... More 

Thank Michael K
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit for seeing the meridian and trying to find out what all the numbers mean and to see where the sun's rays fall through the hole in the roof onto the line which lies exactly north- south.

Thank Jane P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know it was mainly due to lack of finance, but the choice to leave it in the half unrenovated state is great. It looks half backed but it coresponds with its special history and story. The square infront is a meeting point at spring and summer to many social activities, and is a great place to pass through

Thank Amit E
Coronado, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica is only partially complete (in the sense that the marble facing only partially covers the Basilica). The story we've been told is that the Pope brought things to a halt because it was going to put St. Peters to shame. I am sure anyone that wants to truth of the matter can find it; we just like this... More 

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