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Southern Bologna Walking Tour (Self Guided), Bologna

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 or 2.8 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sanctuary of the Madonna of Saint Luca
  • Arco del Meloncello
  • Modern Art Gallery at Villa delle Rose
  • Museum of the Historical Tapestry
  • Porta Saragozza
  • Royal Spanish College
  • Bevilacqua Palace
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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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.
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 or 2.4 Miles
Bologna Museums

Bologna Museums

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 or 1.9 Miles
Specialty Shops Walking Tour

Specialty Shops Walking Tour

Italians prefer to do their shopping in small specialty shops, which are numerous in Bologna. You can find anything from Italian wines, Italian hats, ceramics and books to unique designer shoes and much more. Take this self-guided tour to discover the best in Bologna’s specialty shops.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Bologna's Shopping Areas

Bologna's Shopping Areas

Bologna offers a wide selection of shopping, having streets lined with small shops and markets. Shops follow an unusual schedule, being closed on Thursday afternoon and on Sunday. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most interesting shops and shopping streets.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Bologna Introduction Walk

Bologna Introduction 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 or 2.5 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

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 or 1.7 Miles