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Basilica di San Petronio

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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Santo Stefano
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Reviewed today

I wasn't blown away by this Basilica. It is partly covered up on the outside for renovation, which certainly detracted from its appearance. It is certainly worth visiting, and there is no charge. But not overwhelming.

Thank John B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not one of the most beautiful I have ever seen in my life, rather austere inside , but when in Bologna you have a duty to see it. From inside there are various little rooms and chapels that are very pretty indeed, and one mummified...More

Thank coconutugly
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This Basilica was not completed on the outside. It is only half way done. Inside it is a typical large cathedral. I did not think it was super special but worth looking inside.

Thank Ramadama
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Basilica of San Petronio is a very large imposing and interesting building which we could not enter during our last visit to Bologna. It overlooks and dominates the Piazza Maggiore. I was determined not to miss it on this trip. It so happened our...More

Thank Haebee
Reviewed 4 days ago

You couldn't come to Bologna and not visit the Basilica, but we were disappointed. We've been to many cathedrals around the world and this one just didn't do it for us.

Thank J-J2030
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were not there at the right time to go out onto the terrace and see the panoramic views but given the amazing height of the church I would say it would be worth it The terrace was open at 3 pm the day of...More

Thank Denise L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Imagine a magnificent Cathedral. OK now multiply it by five. And you only can begin to imagine how absolutely astonishing the Basilica San Petronius is.

Thank PhilipConnecticut
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I think the plain exterior of the basilica fools the uninitiated traveller to Bologna into thinking that nothing of much importance is going on in there. On the contrary its pure size and beautiful dimensions and location in Piazza Maggiore should be reason enough to...More

Thank GSdeCH
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You walk into the square and this absolutely magnificent church appears in front of you. The size is huge in every respect but it is the beauty of the design you won’t ever forget. So much great architecture and history in Bologna. Highly recommended

Thank bigvicSydney
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

At the back of the church is a viewing platform which is part of the resturation of the tower. For €3 you can get the lift up and get views across the city. You do have to walk down the stairs but that is easy....More

Thank Bob D
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Dick T
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Apologies Michael A, I was responding to the denials given by the authorities. Can’t remove it, please ignore.