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my hike up to San Luca under the 666 portico arches

I finally organized my photos of my hike under the 666 portico arches to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca (Il Santuario della Madonna di San Luca ) in Bologna. After a 45 minute walk to reach the beginning of the 666 portico arches, it took me an additional 40 minutes to reach the top.

The first photo (which I did not take) gives a good idea of the hike to the top.
It's a good thing I did not see this photo before doing the hike.
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(Photo is linked to the San Luca website where I found this photo.)

Because I had to stand on the sidewalk to take the next photo, I had a difficult time getting a good photo of the start of the walk. I decided against standing in the middle of the street and possibly risking getting run over.
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Photo of the first few arches of the walk ~ at this point, I am thinking, this is going to be an easy hike.
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Oh oh, stairs! Well there are only a few. Not so bad so far...
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More stairs?
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Am I getting close yet? An interesting view from the road...
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Hooray, no more stairs. This walk should be a piece of cake now!
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Wow, how beautiful...
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Crap! Stairs again and now it is getting steep!
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Wow, now this is worth the hike!
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Am I there yet? It looks like that might be the top...
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Could this really be the end up ahead?
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I think it is!!
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Hooray!! I made it!!
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Next up...photos of the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca.


Comments (15)

Crikey - I'm glad I have your photos to look at. :)

Your photos are amazing! It looks like you worked off several gelati on this hike. Can't wait to see the sanctuary.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girasoli, great photos. It does look like it was well worth the hike. Very beautiful. Thanks so much for posting and sharing your photos.

It looks like quite a hike in the summer heat but the view must be spectacular. You kept a good pace to reach the sanctuary in 40 minutes. I'd love to do this hike one day. Fabulous photos!

sandrac:

Wow -- that looks like a tough hike, but very beautiful!

I'm also looking forward to seeing the sanctuary.

I hope this inspires everyone to do this hike one day. It wouldn't really have been as bad if I hadn't been walking so much every day and was able to take the bus to the starting point. Reaching the top really made the entire walk worthwhile.

Anne:

Ahhh, I'm green with envy!! I read about this journey in a book once and have long thought how wonderful to do it myself - thanks for letting me trek along with you via your photos. And what gorgeous photos!! I might have to take the train to Bologna one of my days and at least walk part of this gorgeous path. Thanks so much for posting this.

Super photos, G! I wanna go! Can't seem to get enough of art and basilicas ... Bologna has to be on my list after seeing these photos. Mahalo! m

Anne, was it The Broker? Glad you enjoyed the photos.

Menehune, I have always been surprised that Bologna has not become more popular. Better for the rest of us though I guess.

sue dickins:

hello. we just did the walk last Friday. Thankfully it was not a hot day. Tough going but well worth it. Found your pix looking for the aerial overview !!

Hi sue, thanks so much for your comment :) Glad you were enjoyed this hike. Isn't it beautiful at the top? I hope you enjoyed Bologna!

Deb Leskiw:

Hi,
I am in the middle of reading John Grisham's novel, "The Broker". It is a good read, typical of his earlier 'lawyer' novels. Anyway, the story is set
in Bologna. At one point, the character walks/climbs the 666 porticos in San Luca.
Curious, I googled and found your blog. Super pictures! I now have a better understanding of what the walkways look like. Thanks!

Hi Deb, I read The Broker a few months before doing this hike. I thought a lot about that part in the story while doing the hike. Fun book about Bologna. I'm glad my photos helped you picture the story better. I really had no idea what the hike would be like til I did it. I hope you get to Bologna someday to see the 666 portico arches and Bologna in person. It is a wonderful city. Thanks for stopping by :)

Fran homant:

I just finished reading John Grishams' "The Broker" and a lot of the story took place in Bologna. In it he described the walk up to San Luca via the portico and I wanted to see what it looked like. so glad to find your pictures. I know I will never be able to do that walk so I lived it through you. Thank you.

Thanks Fran. I read that book also before I did the hike my first time. It was fun imagining the characters in the book while doing the hike. Glad I was able to provide photos for you to enjoy! I took more photos this past summer and hope to one day get my act together to finish up my trip report and post the photos in a new blog post.

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