Portico di San Luca
Portico di San Luca
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  • rossao
    Essex, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Experience in Bologna
    Make sure you are fit and able if you are walking this, brilliant experience but god was i tired when i reached the top, only to have to get back down after! you can take a bus up to the top but part of the experience I feel is walking it. Lovely views of Bologna at the top. Toilets and a water the top.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remarkable continuous portico from the city centre to San Luca
    This is a roughly 3.5km long continuous stretch of portico arcade between the Saragozza Gate and the San Luca Sanctuary in the city of Bologna. It is considered the longest covered gallery in the world and along with the many km of porticos found with the city centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2021). It was constructed between 1674-1721 to provide covered passageway for pilgrims for their journey up to the sanctuary from the city. The first 1.5 km walk between Saragozza Gate and the Meloncello Arch is flat and easy. It follows alongside Via Saragozza. You will walk past quite a few eateries, bars, food shops along the way. After passing through Meloncello Arch, the next 2 km takes a more southwest route and ascent up to the sanctuary. The upward walk is gradual at times and fairly steep in certain sections, particularly as you near the San Luca. Allow plenty of a couple hours to walk up to San Luca from your hotel at least and take breaks along the way if needed. Have your water bottle ready as well. You will likely need it at some stage of the walk. As you climb elevation you will find nice views of the historic centre of Bologna and countryside to the south of the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Travel with Sean
    Madison, Wisconsin536 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking through History
    Portico di San Luca is the longest portico in the world, at 2.4 miles, and leads up to the top of Monte della Guardia. The Portico is physically attached to the Basilica di San Luca. It took 40 years to build because of difficulties encountered during construction of portions on the side of the hill.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2024
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Portico di San Luca is the longest portico in the world, at 2.4 miles, and leads up to the top of Monte della Guardia. The Portico is physically attached to the Basilica di San Luca. It took 40 years to build because of difficulties encountered during construction of portions on the side of the hill.
Written 22 May 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a roughly 3.5km long continuous stretch of portico arcade between the Saragozza Gate and the San Luca Sanctuary in the city of Bologna. It is considered the longest covered gallery in the world and along with the many km of porticos found with the city centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2021). It was constructed between 1674-1721 to provide covered passageway for pilgrims for their journey up to the sanctuary from the city.

The first 1.5 km walk between Saragozza Gate and the Meloncello Arch is flat and easy. It follows alongside Via Saragozza. You will walk past quite a few eateries, bars, food shops along the way. After passing through Meloncello Arch, the next 2 km takes a more southwest route and ascent up to the sanctuary. The upward walk is gradual at times and fairly steep in certain sections, particularly as you near the San Luca.

Allow plenty of a couple hours to walk up to San Luca from your hotel at least and take breaks along the way if needed. Have your water bottle ready as well. You will likely need it at some stage of the walk. As you climb elevation you will find nice views of the historic centre of Bologna and countryside to the south of the city.
Written 27 March 2024
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rossao
Essex, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Make sure you are fit and able if you are walking this, brilliant experience but god was i tired when i reached the top, only to have to get back down after! you can take a bus up to the top but part of the experience I feel is walking it. Lovely views of Bologna at the top. Toilets and a water the top.
Written 23 November 2023
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Hammer5505
Ripon, CA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
A vigorous walk/hike that most people can do if you take your time. We did it as a party of 5 - 3 adults (in our 40s/50s) and 2 13-year-olds. We walked approx 40 minutes from our Airbnb in the city center to the Arco Meloncello, which picks up the portico right before it climbs up the hill.

You can also take the cute mini-train from Piazza Maggiore, which will drop you off at the top so you can walk down(much easier).

The portico sheltered us from the hot summer day, and we felt so accomplished when we made it to the top. Be sure to bring a water bottle-you can refill it at a drinking fountain at the church at the top. Highly recommend!
Written 25 June 2023
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The Travelling Piggy
London, UK6,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
These Porticos are not only stunning but the walk to San Luca wouldn’t be as fun without them! They also shield you from the extreme heat or rain! Genius!
Written 20 June 2023
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chadz52
Atlanta, GA787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We walked from the center of Bologna to the top. It is about 3.7 miles from the center of town one way. Reaching the Portico winds through the streets of Bologna and is an interesting walk with lots of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops on the way. The entire trip took us about 4 1/2 hours. You are under porticos about 50% of the walk. Good exercise to burn off all the pasta.
Written 3 June 2023
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Buckster21
London, UK376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Many of the streets in the centre of Bologna are colonnaded on either or both sides. You are protected from the elements while taking in the architecture. Great to have them on a rainy day.
Written 21 May 2023
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
There are porticoes everywhere in Bologna so you can't miss any of them. However, if you're looking to see some that are extra special, then visit these ones. They stretch 2.5km and go up a steep incline which is why they're an extraordinary work of craftmanship. Not only that, they take you to San Luca Cathedral which is a must see on your visit here. Some of the incline is steep but flat but there are parts of it that involve steps too. It's much easier coming down as you could walk on the roadside - as I did - and take in the breathtaking views of the city and from the top, the countryside on the opposite side. You can also take a great view of Bologna football stadium too
Written 23 February 2023
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
It took me an hour from the bottom (arch 00) to the top (arch 666) and it was a steep climb in the humid and cold environment. There were people walking and running up and down the portico. Is nice. Well worth the view from the top. Attend the Sunday mass if you can - it was good.
Written 24 January 2023
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Steve S
Palm Springs, CA1,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We walked along the Portico di San Luca to reach the Sanctuary of the Madonna Di San Luca on the hill, a quintessential Bologna experience. The portico is an uninterrupted covered walkway that, in 3.8 km takes you up 215 meters. The two-kilometer ascent, with a 10% incline, is demanding, with the last stretch, featuring a long series of steps, the steepest.
Written 21 January 2023
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