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

Piazza Ravegnana, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
0039.041.2960840-1
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Ranked #7 of 132 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

What a structure! It's by far the tallest medieval building I've ever seen and affords a magnificent view of the city in all directions. Definitely worth making your way up the 489 (I think) steps.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Not too crowded in the morning and really got a good view of the city after a day spent walking the street.

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Auburn, Alabama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Looking back on my stay in Bologna. This was easily my favorite site to see. Yes there are museums and churches and of course the oldest university in Europe to see. But this was a challenge and as several others have said a somewhat challenging one given the number of steps. However the views from the top are well worth... More

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Valletta, Malta
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Resize image gallery and map MAP LONELY PLANET REVIEW Towering above Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, one of Bologna’s two leaning towers, Le Due Torri, is an unmistakable landmark. The 97.6m-high Torre degli Asinelli is open to the public, although it’s not advisable for the weak-kneed (there are 498 steps) or superstitious students (local lore says if you climb the tower... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The tower is indeed tall and it took me almost 10 minutes to get to the top. There is a 360 degree view, very beautiful. There is a sort of metal grating that makes it a little challenging to take pictures--you have to hold your camera/phone between the metal bars--but it is doable.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

OK, the 498-step climb is a bit of a mission, but it is well worth it when you reach the top. The views around Bologna are wonderful, and the design of the railings means you can look down the side of the tower and get some brilliant birds-eye view photos of the crowds and bustle around its base. Going up... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We climbed the tower today, cost 3euros. It is a narrow staircase that turns as you wind the inside of the building. It's a little tight, with up/down using the same staircase. The stairs look to be in original condition, leaning slightly, but very sturdy. Don't know how accurate my pedometer was, but it said 1400 steps, including the climb... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Definitely worth doing, even just to stay that you did it. Only €3 for the climb and you can take all the time you need. Great view from the top. Especially of very wonky tower next to this one!

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Porto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I didn't make it on time to climb the tower, but it's surely worth doing it. Surely has a great view

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Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Bearing in mind this is a 12th Century tower --- 97m high with nearly 500 steps each way!! Its a good view from the top if you can puff your way up. The steps are narrow and reasonably shallow. There is a handrail, which is low by modern day standards, on both sides of the staircase. There are lots of... More

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