Those who don't feel like going up the Asinelli
Towers but would still like to enjoy a view of Bologna from above,
often choose a more rapid route, a 3.5 km walk to the sanctuary of the
Madonna of San Luca. This route is protected elegantly by porticos with
a total of 666 arches, which unites Saragozza Gate to San Luca's Church
situated at a height of 291 m on Colle della Guardia.
construction of the Portico of San Luca began in 1657 upon the initiative
of faithful church-goers financed by donations. Every arch was realized
thanks to the donations of noble families, religious congregations,
simple citizens, artisans and even from the servants of wealthy families.