Piazza Maggiore
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  • Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

    1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

    Your tour starts from Piazza del Nettuno. You'll discover the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio and the Meridian. Next visit the oldest library in the world and Piazza Santo Stefano, where you'll see the wonderful Basilica that overlooks the square. Then visit the Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, before you explore the historical market Quadrilatero to admire the historical shops and take in the scents of local food. Finally, visit Palazzo Re Enzo which overlooks the square and is the palace seat of the municipality.

    After visiting Rome, Siena and Florence our first impression when coming to Bologna wasn’t the love from the first sight ‍♀️ However, the walking tour with the brilliant guide in English-Paola, gave us a different perspective of the city. We were told so much more details and interesting facts that we read about in our guidebook. Highly recommended!!

  • From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

    2. 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 staff person, who will welcome you and respond to your information. When you return, you will get to taste of typical products i...

    I am so lucky to get to this place with a Train tour. Very well organized, the amazing road to Basilica, and the biggest bonus is the view from the top hill from the San Luca! Must see! Very appreciated to the Tour Organization! Thanks a million! :)

  • Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

    3. 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'Az...

  • Bologna: Cathedral of San Petronio Tour & Panoramic Terrace

    4. Bologna: Cathedral of San Petronio Tour & Panoramic Terrace

    The Basilica of San Petronio is the largest church in Bologna. It dominates the Piazza Maggiore and, despite being largely unfinished, it is one of the most extensive churches in Europe. Its imposing dimensions (132 meters long and 60 in width, with a height of 44.27 meters) makes it the fourth-largest church of Italy. In the Basilica of San Petronio, it is impossible not to know what time it is. In place of a clock though, the structure houses the longest sundial in the world. It measures 67 meters and crosses the floor of the church since 1657. It was Domenico Cassini who made it; a professor of astronomy, who believed that the motion of the planets depended on the sun.  With this guided tour, discover the beauty and history of this church. Afterwards, take the elevator to the magical panoramic terrace and relish in city views as far as you can see.

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What people are saying about Piazza Maggiore

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 29 reviews

After visiting Rome, Siena and Florence our first impression when coming to Bologna wasn’t the love from the first sight ‍♀️ However, the walking tour with the brilliant guide in English-Paola, gave us a different perspective of the city. We were told so much more details and interesting facts that we read about in our guidebook. Highly recommended!!

Wonderful trip up to san luca / fantastically beautiful church and the surroundings ❤️ / I'm glad we took the little train / because it just goes up / and then in the heat. Good idea and go up there around 10 am or a little later / because the church closes early / siesta ❤️And the 2 cutest guides. Can only be recommended

Paola was very knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful. She went out of her way to make sure everyone understood and heard, or if there were any questions. Her restaurant recommendations were spot on, delicious! Recommend 100%!

Wonderful experience with a very experienced and qualified Bolognese guide but above all with great passion for his work and for this beautiful city. Highly recommended

Good and clear tour. We were only in Bologna for 1 day because of the transit and thanks to this tour we were able to see all the highlights.