Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

1. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting.  This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

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: Guided E-Bike Tour to Sasso Marconi with Aperitivo

3. Bologna: Guided E-Bike Tour to Sasso Marconi with Aperitivo

Cycle from the center of Bologna into the historic hills on a guided E-bike tour. Ride through the peaceful parks of the city and ascend into the villages of Mongardino Grotta and Sasso Marconi. See Parco Talon and experience the tastes of an Italian aperitivo. Make your way to the bike rental store and get ready for an adventure into Bologna and its picturesque surroundings. Cycle on your E-bike around the center of the city, admiring the architecture. Follow your guide into the beautiful, stretching parks and climb up into the hills. Take in stunning views as you pass through the little villages of Mongardino Grotta and Sasso Marconi. Ride through the serene Parco Talon, once owned by a marquis, before celebrating your tour and effort by indulging in an exquisite cheese and wine tasting experience.

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What people are saying about Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

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4.3 / 5

based on 92 reviews

I boarded the San Luca express at 4.10pm and we were provided with headphones so to listen to the tour on the way. We arrived at the Basilica of St Luca about 30 mins later - it took us along the road adjacent to the Portici where people can walk all the way to the Basilica - it is used as a place to exercise also for sportspeople. When we arrived, we had about 50 mins till the next San Luca Express. We could take photos from the outside visit the Basilica inside and pay our respects (it was a pilgrimage place that many believers would visit). It was a most glorious evening and a view of the mountains on the outskirts of Bologna was visible.

Super nice and uncomplicated pickup. Passing the line, I got my ticket and vouchers straight away. The journey was very relaxed and the Basilica of San Luca is definitely worth a visit. It was easy to get back from the same exit point to my entry point on Piazza Maggiore, from where I could easily walk to the pizzeria and ice cream parlor to redeem the vouchers. All-round successful action :)

Great activity for seeing Bologna. Highly recommend. Stella and her staff tailored the bike ride to our ability and activity level so that we were very comfortable. Very knowledgeable about local history and enthusiastic. You can tell they love their job!! Thanks

A nice cute train ride to the basilica where you also had a beautiful view of the city. The train also runs every half hour, so you don't have to wait long if you want to go back

We had a great time with Marco. One of the highlights of our time in bologna. Highly recommend.