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.

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

Piazza Ravegnana, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
0039.041.2960840-1
Website
Update attraction details
Ranked #8 of 127 attractions in Bologna
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
Traveler Description: Tower Asinelli Bologna When travel for business normally  have not enough time for leisure. If you have free time in Bologna visit the Two Towers... more »
Write a Review

880 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    515
    300
    53
    9
    3
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Scotland
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The trek to the top is well worth it as the view is magnificent. There are three landings so you can have a breather if necessary before tackling each stage of the open staircase. Entrance fee is very modest.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

At first they bewilder a newcomer - grim and robust, the towers cast long dark shadows far across the sun-drenched Bologna. Their rough stone walls smell of damp and age, a closer look reveals deep scars and marks that centuries left on the surface... And nevertheless, you feel that those age-worn constructions could carry on centuries more, silently witnessing the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stevenage, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

These two towers are definitely worth a visit. The taller one is open to climb and the views over the city are stunning - but it's over 500 steps and not for the faint-hearted. Over 100 metres high. The companion tower could be called the leaning tower. It really is at a drunken angle!! Apparently the lean started during building... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We weren't sure whether they were open, due to the scaffolding on the smaller of the two towers. We went into the small door of the Tower Asinelli. Paid the chap 3 euros and climbed the steps. The staircase was open, so way more space compared to the Duomi in Florence. The view was magnificent, bologna is a city to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Busselton, Australia
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
65 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

As I like to keep my feet truly planted on the ground and we would not consider climbing too many stairs at once we just watched the specs (people) above. The are an amazing and interesting structures and well worth being able to get your bearings from them around Bologna. If you are young and nimble the climb I am... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Seeing the city of Bologna from the top of Torre Asinelli really adds to the feel of being in a medieval city. It's well worth the 3 Euro entry price, but people with claustrophobia or fear of heights / falling might want to pass. The stairs are old & worn (but feel solid) and sometimes more resemble ladders than stairs.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Modena, Italy
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

What an amazing tower! One wonders at the skill of craftsmen from a time before mechanisation. The stairs are endless and although completely safe, give the impression of sloping inwards. Just keep looking ahead and keep going! The 360 view from the top is spectacular. Save some of your energy for the knee wobbling descent.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I would recommend walking the tower for two reasons: 1) to see the city as a whole 2) to see how wonky the other tower is from above - it's a miracle it's still standing The stairs on the way up are higgildy piddildy and fun. There are windows all the way up so you can see how far you've... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Emsworth, UK
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I'm not sure it has an option to climb up to the top, but standing in their feet was enough for me. The angle of the smaller tower is frightening.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
43 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

These 12th century towers are pretty impressive. One of these towers leans, but the structure is impressive and sound. The piazza is busy, but people don't usually stick around too long. Nice place to meet someone and wait if you need to.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Towers of the Asinelli and Garisenda (Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda) also viewed

Bologna, Province of Bologna
Bologna, Province of Bologna
 
Bologna, Province of Bologna
Bologna, Province of Bologna
 

Been to Towers of the Asinelli and Garisenda (Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Towers of the Asinelli and Garisenda (Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda), register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing