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Basilica di San Petronio

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October 18, 2019
The largest church in Bologna
December 04, 2018
The most beautiful church in town
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May 16, 2018
When construction of the massive church that dominates one side of Piazza Maggiorebegan in 1390, it was designed to be even bigger than St. Peter's in Rome, but never quite made it. In fact, it was never finished, and the facade remains incomplete. In the tiny museum at the back of the church, you…
April 17, 2017
This Basilica is the most imposing and important church in Bologna. Visit it! It is one of the most attracting monuments of the city! Don't bring backpacks or big bags for the controls
June 06, 2016
Named in honour of Bologna patron saint Petronio - 8th bishop of the city from 431 to 450, the Basilica is the most imposing (a length of 132m, a width of 66m, a height of 47m) and important church in Bologna.

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“Piazza Maggiore is located at the very centre of Bologna and it's one of the most beautiful and lively squares in Italy. In the past, the square underwent many changes and was further enriched with important buildings: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi. When there, do not miss to pay a visit to Fontana del Nettuno and Biblioteca Salaborsa as well! ”
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5 Piazza Galvani
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40124
Phone+39 051 231415
Hours of Operation statusOpen · Closes 7:00 PM