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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a lovely church that is very good to visit. there is no cost to get in and it is beautiful. Closes later in the evening.

Thank adrian_wylie380
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic basilica in heart of Bologna. You have to pay a few euros to take pics and they give you a wrist band. The sheer size is impressive. Too bad not finished.

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must to do. We enjoyed this short visit helps to learn the history of Bologna it is in a lovely square surrounded by cafes and the tourist office.

Thank 646taniap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Basilica is impressive, for sure. Can light a candle for free which is great. Impress construction overall. Highly recommended!

Thank ShareMyExperience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a beautiful and interesting church. Very nice wall-saint paintings and exhibition but you could not take photos and the employees were a bit strict with that. Also, It has very beautiful sculptures.

Thank Γεωργία Γ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As I saw the building from outside, I felt like an ant. Monumental building at a main square Piaza Maggiore. And everything changed when I entered... So much history from every corner... I just have to strongly recommend to visit it. There is a too...More

Thank rmrkvica
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The major focal point of Piazza Maggiore - the Basilica. I true historical and architectural marvel in that it's facade is only half way covered in marble. Inside of the basilica is breathtaking with beautiful art throughout.

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful ancient church, left only part built when the pope objected to its being bigger than St Peter's in Rome. Exterior cladding never got more than half way up. A lesson in in the hubris of absolute rulers.

Thank Mr_Chartwell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed in Bologna and the hotel located just few minutes from Piazza Maggiore. We got inside. It's beautiful and there is a sunclock. She found the lines on the floor and confirmed the hole on the ceiling. When we passed by...More

Thank nobuhiro k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't get the chance appreciate the interior of this beautiful,though,unfinished church,because an officious member of staff almost had a coronary at the sight of my wife's naked shoulders! Oh well never mind!More

Thank Graham E
infoW3952YE, Communication Office at Basilica di San Petronio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We really regret you couldn’t enjoy our visit to the Basilica. As you know, San Petronio first of all is a church, a place to pray, where men and women have to wear clothes suitable for the place. A kimono is available for the tourists...More

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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.
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