As you make your way up the hill, the sets of stairs in the portico become more frequent, until you reach the end, where it resembles one long staircase with wide landings placed every so often. Suddenly, you begin to make out the outline of a crucifix, at the top of the stairs. You have made it… Well, almost!
The sanctuary dates from 1723, even though there has been a church on this spot for over 1,000 years. The church we see today was designed by Carlo Francesco Dotti. Inside, you will find paintings and sculptures by artists such as Guido Reni, Guercino, and Angelo Piò. The church also houses an icon of the Virgin, over the main altar, painted by Luke the Evangelist.
Because of the rain, we were not able to explore the grounds behind the sanctuary, but we did manage to take a few photos, before heading back down the hill.
Going down the hill, under the portico, was certainly easier than walking up!
Once back on level ground, we walked around for a bit, before heading to the apartment.
That night, we ate dinner at Ristorante Biagi. The menu focused on typical Bolognese dishes, and every plate we had was delicious! For me, the highlights of the meal were the tortellini in brodo, and the cotoletta alla bolognese, which was served in a rich cheese sauce.
After dinner, we walked around the city for a while, trying to work off some of the calories we had just consumed.
Next up: It’s back to Rome!
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