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Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 231415
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
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“meridian line” (52 reviews)
“take photos” (52 reviews)
“sun dial” (17 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Santo Stefano
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"meridian line"
in 52 reviews
"take photos"
in 52 reviews
"sun dial"
in 17 reviews
"heaven and hell"
in 14 reviews
"dante's inferno"
in 8 reviews
"biggest church"
in 8 reviews
"stained glass windows"
in 7 reviews
"largest sundial"
in 7 reviews
"side chapels"
in 19 reviews
"sheer size"
in 11 reviews
"san petronio"
in 32 reviews
"big church"
in 12 reviews
"beautiful interior"
in 9 reviews
"patron saint"
in 15 reviews
"upper part"
in 7 reviews
"interesting history"
in 13 reviews
"the main square"
in 24 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This Catholic church is one of the dominating structures of Bologna’s skyline. Not surprising, as it is the largest brick-built church in the world.

Thank Swedishtomcat
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Obviously they ran out of money half way when constructing it. Recommend instead a visit to the duomos in Modena and Parma or the legendary ones in Firenze and Milano.

Thank mattias911
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great free visit (be generous and pay the €2 for a wristband allowing you to take photographs) with some interesting chapels, and an amazing medieval clock based on a ray of sun shining through a hole in the roof. This clock enabled accurate prediction of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone visits the basilica,nicely located in the Piazza Maggiore. Typical inside, with an intriguing hybrid exterior. Steps always well covered with people enjoying the ambiance of the square.

Thank tbonjour
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Austere on the outside (facade not finished) and more opulent inside, this is one monument you don't want to miss while in Bologna. Free to enter but you need to pay €2 for a photo ticket if you want to take pictures.

Thank A Y
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The huge, Gothic Basilica of San Petronio was originally supposed to be bigger than St. Peter’s in Vatican City, but Pope Pio IV apparently commissioned an extension to the university next door, and put a stop to the grand plans. It’s still incredibly impressive, though...More

Thank Maggi713
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Given its prominent site and impressive size I was a little disappointed with the inside of this Cathedral. It is fairly austere in comparison to many others in Italy.

Thank JeanChippenham
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square is this beautiful building of a Basilica. Wonderful because it was not really finished. Still a major gem in town. Worth to visit.

Thank FayeInAmsterdam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely interesting church. Outside is built in Romanesque style, while the interior is in Gothic style. I think it is one of the largest brick buildings in Italy.

Thank Ogi0
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to see with free admission. To take pictures it will cost you €2 and is donated the church. No lines to get it.

Thank travelsaavy52024
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Dick T
6 December 2017|
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Response from Dick T | Reviewed this property |
Apologies Michael A, I was responding to the denials given by the authorities. Can’t remove it, please ignore.
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