There is still something I left out from my trip to Bologna. The visit on our last day in town to the Sanctuary of San Luca, a place that has been of religious worship for centuries. And the most interesting thing about this place is that it’s connected to the city centre through a portico running for 4 Km, with 600 archways, considered the longest in the world. This allows pilgrims and visitors to walk all the way up the hill to the Sanctuary protected by the often tough elements of nature, such as heavy rains, hot sun in summers, or even snow in the deep winter.
Unfortunately, because it was our last day, and to be quite fair I was getting a really harsh cold, we didn’t do the walk up to the sanctuary through the longest portico of the world. It is something I would have for sure done had I had more time and been in better shape. The great thing is that if you’re short of time, or really can’t bother to go the 4 kilometres hike to the Sanctuary, you can hop on a cute little tourist train, that will take you all the way to the top and back, giving you time to visit the cathedral and also a nice tour of the city.
While you don-t have to pay to visit the inside of the church, if you want to see the view from the tower, you have to get a €5 ticket – however, if I’m being completely honest, the view is pretty, but not outstanding. You can see the hills surrounding the sanctuary.
You would never imagine that after this beautiful weather, it would start to rain and get incredibly cold(er). Thankfully, by then, we were on our way to a warm and cosy restaurant to enjoy our last meal in Bologna.
Check out my other posts on Bologna, below: