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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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Reviewed today via mobile

This is a really, really old church (we’re talking Middle Ages) that sits right off the Piazza Maggiore. It seemed to be one of the most important sites in the city because there was a military presence out front and my backpack was checked as...More

Thank Alex B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Basilica di San Petronio is a vast church in the centre of Bologna. Entry to the church and a small adjacent museum is free. The museum is small and only has a few religious artefacts. The museum has a terrace above the main church building...More

Thank RIchard035
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the main church of Bologna, in the region of Emilia Romagna, Italy. According to Wiki. it is the tenth-largest church in the world by volume and it is the largest (Gothic or otherwise) church built of bricks in the world. Quite impressive! The...More

Thank Sonnymao
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Designed masterpiece with detain to the exterior of the building. One of the many structures in Bologna to visit.

Thank Jeffthehangman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The church has some very beautiful and different paintings. Much prettier on the inside, then on the outside. Went there on a Sunday, and some of the churches men said my girlfriend wasn’t allowed to enter because of her clothing, even though other women inside...More

Thank Nikolaj J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Women have to cover their shoulders and men have to remove caps. You have to pay 2 euros to take pictures when you come in. But this church is huge, with incredible pillars. It is very ornate with many, tasteful side altars and the meridian...More

Thank 432JamesD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not a culture vulture but it’s worth a look inside as the exterior belies the size of the building and depth of works inside.

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the Basilica on the main square of Bologna (Piazza Maggiore). from the outside, it is quite plain and unfinished, but inside, typical of any Italian cathedral, it is huge and wonderfully ornate. Lots of artwork to look at, fabulous ceilings, a 500 year...More

Thank SevenoaksSinjun
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a stunning church. Gorgeous. Wander around looking at the amazing scuptures and paintings. Don't miss the fantastic sculpture based on the Shroud of Turin.

Thank LondonLady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having visited Florence in 2017, I can only describe Bsilica di San Petronio as somwehat disappointing. The required payment for taking photo's is unusual.

Thank JamesH68
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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.