Southern Bologna Walking Tour, Bologna (Self Guided)

Southern Bologna boasts many great attractions, such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Saint Luca, museums and palaces with magnificent architecture. Take this self-guided tour and explore the most interesting sites in the south of Bologna.
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Southern Bologna Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Southern Bologna Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Bologna (See other walking tours in Bologna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: vickyc
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Sanctuary of the Madonna of Saint Luca

1) Sanctuary of the Madonna of Saint Luca (must see)

The Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is a basilica church in Bologna, sited atop Colle or Monte della Guardia, in a forested hill some 300 metres above the plain, just south-west of the historical centre of the city. While a road now leads up to the sanctuary, it is also possible to reach it by traversing a long (3.5 km) monumental roofed arcade (Portico di San Luca) consisting of 666 arches, which was built in 1674-1793. It was meant to protect the icon as it was paraded up the hill. A yearly procession proceed from the Cathedral of San Pietro in the centre of Bologna to the Sanctuary along this path.

Originally the arches held icons or chapels erected by the patron family. The Sanctuary was meant to house a miraculous icon of the virgin. A church or chapel existed atop the hill for about a thousand years. The present church was constructed in 1723 using designs of Carlo Francesco Dotti. The lateral external tribunes were built by Carlo Francesco's son Giovanni Giacomo using his father's plans. The centrally planned sanctuary has painted artworks by Domenico Pestrini, Donato Creti; Guido Reni, Giuseppe Mazza in chapel of St. Anthony of Padua, Vittorio Bigari, and Guercino. Stucco works are by A. Borelli and G. Calegari and statues by A. Piò.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Arco del Meloncello

2) Arco del Meloncello

Carlo Francesco Dotti built Arco del Meloncello in 1732 to connect Saragozza Street with the porticoes on the road to the Church of Saint Luca. This beautiful arch was designed in the Baroque style.
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Modern Art Gallery at Villa delle Rose

3) Modern Art Gallery at Villa delle Rose

The Bologna Museum of Modern Art exhibits part of its collection at Villa delle Rose, which dates back to the 19th century. Its main feature is a ceiling fresco depicting women, a man on horseback and angels.
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Museum of the Historical Tapestry

4) Museum of the Historical Tapestry

The Museum of the Historical Tapestry is a unique museum that displays the artistic heritage of tapestry. The museum also exhibits Italian, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and other European fabrics, as well as beautiful embroideries, vestments and old tools used to create these things.

Operation hours: Friday: 9 am- 1 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10 am- 6:30 pm.
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Porta Saragozza

5) Porta Saragozza

Porta Saragozza is an historical gate in the city wall that surrounded Bologna’s Old Town. This impressive and spectacular monument attracts many tourists. It differs from other gates by the decorated walls enclosing it. The Museum of the Blessed Virgin of Saint Luke is housed within the gateway.
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Royal Spanish College

6) Royal Spanish College

The Collegio di Spagna (or Royal Spanish College) is a college for Spanish students at the University of Bologna which has been functioning since the 14th century. Its full original name in English translation was the College of Saint Clement of the Spaniards. It has been under the Royal patronage of the Spanish Crown since 1488, as authorized by Pope Innocent VIII.

The college was founded in 1364 by the Cardinal Gil Alvarez De Albornoz (1310–1367) and built in 1365–1367. It consists of a building in two floors with arcades surrounding a courtyard. The exterior has later been partly remodelled in renaissance style. The architecture of the Collegio is peculiarly Italian in the use of the loggia, but shares a characteristic of medieval college buildings in England and France, in being arranged around a central rectangular court. Bas reliefs of the coat of arms of Spain are located above the two main entryways.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bevilacqua Palace

7) Bevilacqua Palace (must see)

Bevilacqua Palace, built in 1482, is one of Bologna’s most beautiful palaces. It has a magnificent gateway, narrow courtyards, many sculptures and small galleries with paintings by great artists.

Walking Tours in Bologna, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bologna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Churches Walking Tour in Bologna

Downtown Churches Walking Tour in Bologna

There are many magnificent, centuries-old churches in Bologna. Many of them are well-preserved and worth visiting during your stay in this fascinating old city. You can see unforgettable religious paintings by world famous artists. This self-guided tour will lead you to the majestic churches in downtown Bologna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Museums Walking Tour in Bologna

Museums Walking Tour in Bologna

Bologna, a very old and beautiful Italian city, offers many museums, some of them located in beautiful palaces built centuries ago. Take this self-guided tour to discover the most fascinating museums in Bologna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Bologna is a beautiful Italian city with a lot of spectacular sightseeing. It contains well-preserved architecture over 1,000 years old, including beautiful palaces with patrimonial art and furniture. This orientation walk will lead you to Bologna’s most popular attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Western Bologna Walking Tour

Western Bologna Walking Tour

The western part of Bologna has several historical sites, such as the old city gate, Old Town, several old churches, as well as art galleries and museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most interesting places in Bologna’s west end.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Kids Walking Tour of Bologna

Kids Walking Tour of Bologna

Bologna is such a beautiful city, with many fascinating buildings, art galleries and museums that are interesting for both adults and kids. It also has wonderful parks and amazing toy shops children will love. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s best attractions for kids.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Bologna is an ancient city with beautiful architecture. In these palaces you can see art by the great masters, intricately decorated interiors and luxurious old furniture. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most historically significant palaces.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bologna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bologna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bologna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.