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Basilica di San Petronio

Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 231415
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“meridian line” (46 reviews)
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“sun dial” (15 reviews)
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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Santo Stefano
+39 051 231415
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the largest cathedrals in Italy. You cant miss visiting it when you are downtown. Great and magnificient!

Thank DeltaSigma77
Reviewed 4 days ago

The basilica is super interesting, not least of which because of the sun dial that installed in the roof that proved the earth's elliptical path around the sun. It is also a church that was built by the people, for the people. And, it isn't...More

Thank TasmanianAdele
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Basilica, dedicated to San Petronio, the patron saint of Bologna who was the city's bishop in the 5th century, overlooks the main square, Piazza Maggiore, and is the 6th largest church in Europe. There are 22 chapels inside and although the entry to the...More

Thank Nik R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive church with huge piers and vaulted ceiling and beautiful sculptures by dell Quercia. Not to be missed is the meridian line on the left side of the church done by the astronomer, Jean-Dominique Cassini

Thank yakherd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A tour is must for those who love history, architecture, art, or just good old Italia! Elena from Welcome Borne tourism gives primo tours 👍

Thank ludgate247
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free entrance and a must visit while in Bologna. I would recommend this church to visit, while in town.

Thank springAnne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was amazed by the size of this cathedral. huge!!! the pizza is also very nice and shows off with different architectural styles. I was not inside so cannot tell. I like Bologna very much.

Thank amoss993
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not because it is the biggest church of its kind in the world, but foremost because of its interior. The frescoes, especially the one inspired by Dante's Inferno, the controversial Heaven and Hell by Giovanni da Modena. And Cassini's Meridian Line inlaid in the paving...More

Thank Kjell E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a massive cathedral that is very beautiful on the inside. If you're Bologna, this is a must see!

Thank Rachel L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The unfinished facade looks quite strange but the inside is beautiful and well worth a visit. Beautiful stained glass, marble floors and illuminated manuscripts.

Thank Margie2801
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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.