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Towers of the Asinelli and Garisenda (Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda)

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Address: Piazza Ravegnana, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 0039.041.2960840-1
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Description: The colossal towers were built by Bologna's important families in the 12th...
The colossal towers were built by Bologna's important families in the 12th century.
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Great visit with wonderful views of the city spread out below.

498 steps up to the top of the tallest of the two towers. I am over weight and I managed it comfortably although one would have been challenged if there had not been so many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Farnham, Surrey
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Farnham, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

498 steps up to the top of the tallest of the two towers. I am over weight and I managed it comfortably although one would have been challenged if there had not been so many people going up and down. Passing places were few and care had to be taken but it was really worth the effort. Amusing little tale... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

You can (or maybe you can't) climb the steps 497 or 498, easy to lose count, to the top to view Medieval Bologna. Only one tower is accessable ..you will soon see why.

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wakefield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Although it has a climb of 500 steps, it is certainly worth the effort. The views are magnificent. I went up on a sunny but not hot day so the climb was not too arduous.

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Bristol, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A climb up the tallest of these two leaning towers is a 'must' for visitors to Bologna as they are symbols of the city... Not for those who suffer from claustrophobia though as the spiral steps are small with tiny passing spaces. However, our party of 4 60+ year olds managed the 100 metre assent without the use of oxygen... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you do the effort to climb up, there is a beautiful view of the city and surrounding hills. Good to see.

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Bonn, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Apart from being interesting structures, the towers help orient you as you make your way through the centre of Bologna. If you want to take a picture, wait till you are a fair distance from the towers. Enjoy a walk around and between the towers and appreciate the works of various artists selling their wares. If you want to grab... More 

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Glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Well worth the climb to get great views of the city, on our climb up there were several people coming down who looked terrified, don't think it was the height, maybe the tiny slopping steps that freaked them out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My wife and I and two children, 9 and 13, climbed the 498 steps to the top of the 97.6m-high tower in about 30 minutes. We were out of breath from the climb, but took a rest at each of the three intermediate levels where there is more room for others to pass. If you struggle with claustrophobia, fear of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Preserved almost as they were, a journey to the top is made adventurous by the narrow stairs and tourists streaming up and down. Still, a must-see for Bologna.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

almost a symbol of Bologna, it pays to get to discover why they are there and some history behind them; apparently can climb iin one of them, we did not bother

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