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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 staff person, who will welcome you and respond to your information. When you return, you will get to taste of typical products in one of the historical markets.  

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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.

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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Well organised. We were met by a super friendly guide who was happy to answer any questions we had, accompanied us to the train and gave us the food vouchers. The vouchers don't have an expiry date, so you dfont have to use them the day of the trip. They allowed us to sample things from places that we otherwise woukdbt have thought to go, and in convenient locations.

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

Great way to begin our time in Bologna. Although we could have walked to the Basilica, the narration along the drive was terrific. The hike is also quite steep in parts. The vouchers for food were perfect and could be used any day. Definitely recommend!

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! :)

Great little train if you are not able or do not have time to climb the steep hill. And you will also listen to the history of the basilica during your trip. I recommend it.