Bologna -San Luca walking[Private Departure]

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Walking Bologna San Luca let you walk along the longest portico in the world. The path is all paved and it takes out from the city to reach the Colle della Guardia hill, rewarding you with great panoramic views. On the way up the guide will tell you the hystory of the portico and then, once at the top you will visit the Santuario della B.V. of San Luca. This church was built by Bologna inhabitants to honour an old bizantine icon of the Vergin Mary, hearth of the sanctuary that is still kept in it: a legend says that it was painted by St. Luc the evangelist himself. This special place is visited still today by many locals led by their faith or just whishing to take an energizing walk.

More info: The first stretch is flat for about 2.9Km (1.8 Mls) so we can warm-up. From the Arco del Meloncello crossing the way goes up for 2.3 Km (1.4 Mls) to the top. The terrain is a mix of paved ramps and stable flight of steps. If you prefere it is possible to cut the first section with a public bus ride. After the visit of the sanctuary the guide will help you in choosing an option for the way back among taxi, public bus, touristic train (when running) or walking down.

Notes: The sanctuary is under opening times and other visit restrictions due to religious celebrations. Being the time of those events sometime impossible to be known in advance we can not 100% guarantee the access of it.

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  • Piazza Maggiore (MEETING and START)
  • Porta Saragozza
  • Arco del Meloncello
  • Portico di S.Luca
  • Santuario della B.V. S.Luca (END)
  • To come back you can choose among public transportation, taxi or walking down the same way (the guide will help on how to do it)


Prezzo: 140 Euro up to 4 PAX; every extra PAX from the 5th = +10 €/Pax

Lingue disponibili: Italian - English - French – Spanish always available. Contact us with at least 15 Days in advance for other languages.

Meeting point: Your lodging in Bologna hystorical center – OR at Fontana del Nettuno (aside the portico of Palazzo Podestà)

Distance: 5.0 Km (3.4 Mls) - or 2.3Km (1.4 Ml) if you prefere to cut the first part

Children: Free up to 5 years of age (but you have to carry them!). 6-12 Yeras => 15,00 Euro/each

The tour includes: Guide, pick-up in hystorical city center, walking poles (ONLY if reserved in advance)

The tour does not include: Other insurances, pick-up, tips

What to bring: Shoes for walking with good grip sole, comfortable and breathing gears in accordance with the season of the year, water

Duration: 3 Hours

Difficulty: Easy terrain; the uphill requires some training and the phisical condition