We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

1,319 Reviews

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

1,319 Reviews
Plan your visit
Recommended
Our most popular tours and activities
Nearby Experiences
Other experiences in Bologna
Bologna City Walking Tour
USD 33.42 per adult
Historical Tour of Bologna
USD 49.45 per adult
From Abano and Montegrotto: Day trip to Bologna
USD 503.15 per adult
See more
Full view
Location
Contact
Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna Italy
Get to know the area
Withlocals The 10 Tastings™: Bologna PRIVATE Food Tour
Food Tours

Withlocals The 10 Tastings™: Bologna PRIVATE Food Tour

12 reviews
Please be aware that this tour is adapted to the local regulations post Covid-19. Our hosts will deliver this experience with the required equipment always keeping the distance suggested by local authorities. It will be safe and entertaining!<br><br>Ready to taste the best food in Bologna?Satisfy your cravings for local food and culture with highlights along the way, together with a foodie host. Enjoy 10 delicious tastings that range from torta di riso, Crescenta, and Lambrusco on a tasty food tour in Bologna.<br><br>Fall in love with the flavorful Italian cuisine on this delicious food tour in Bologna! Enjoy a selection of 10 food and drink tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like the piadina, a thin Italian flatbread filled with a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, and vegetables, to unique dishes like Tortellini fritti, bites of crispy filled pasta, that legend says, was inspired by Venus’ belly button; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite.
USD 102.61 per adult
1,319Reviews3Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 934
  • 316
  • 51
  • 6
  • 12
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Ieva K wrote a review Feb. 2020
Vilnius, Lithuania4 contributions
The church is very small, you need to buy a ticket to see the ” Lamentation over the dead Christ” terracotta figures, but with the same ticket you can visit the Oratory upstairs where impressive sculpture ”Transit of the Virgin” by Alfonso Lombardi is based.
Read more
Date of experience: January 2020
Helpful
Share
Reservoirboy wrote a review Jan. 2020
Clifton Hill, Australia1,656 contributions266 helpful votes
+1
New Years Day so not much was open and we literally stumbled across this church. At first we had no idea and I even had to ask what the display was about. But wow, what a find. Home to the most stunning terracotta sculptures of the Compianto duo Christo Morto and then upstairs a beautiful room boasting more statues and beautiful art. Once used as a hospital during the war, history abounds. A must see.
Read more
Date of experience: January 2020
Helpful
Share
Mairwen1 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Sydney, Australia3,163 contributions1,582 helpful votes
+1
It is kind of easy to miss this church because it doesn't stand out in the street. It’s tall and narrow and you can easily walk past the modest exterior without noticing it if you’re not actually looking for it. It is not a must-see but it is only minutes from Piazza Maggiore so it is easy to do a quick detour to have a look (and entry is free). Inside it is a very pretty church, with a largely white and cream and gold interior. It’s richly decorated in the lavish Baroque style with a grand dome. There are some extra artworks like The Lamentation by Dell’Arca (1463) which will cost €4 if you want to see them. I have to say that I thought this was quite a lot to see this work. I'd only recommend paying for this if you have a special interest in sculpture or religious art. The background history of the church was intriguing. In the 1200s, a religious order called the Battuti helped pilgrims and ran a hospital on the site where they took in and cared for people who were homeless, sick or dying. You have to wonder what would have happened to these poor people in the 1200s if it weren't for the Battuti. When they weren’t caring for others, they were whipping themselves because they were also a flagellant order (‘Battuti’ means ‘beaten’) - such a strange concept in modern times. The church was destroyed at one stage by an earthquake but was rebuilt in the 1600s and a dome was added.
Read more
Date of experience: May 2019
Helpful
Share
Peggy S wrote a review Nov. 2019
Staten Island, New York38 contributions23 helpful votes
My husband and I recently stopped in this church while walking through the market area. It is easy to miss because of the crowds and all the activity. It is worth a visit and has been recently renovated. It is a peaceful stop in a busy area.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2019
Helpful
Share
Sally-Anne H wrote a review Nov. 2019
Stourbridge, United Kingdom53 contributions22 helpful votes
An interesting baroque church interior which is free. The terracotta figures depicting the anguished close friends of the crucified Christ cost 4Euros to view. The artist certainly conveys the agony of Mary Magdalene and others at as they come to terms with the death of their Saviour.
Read more
Date of experience: November 2019
Helpful
Share
Previous
Frequently Asked Questions about Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita