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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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Worth the Climb!

Out of the two towers, I only went up Torre degli Asinelli for €3. It was well worth it! The 498 steps up was like an exercise of a lifetime and it seemed unending, but seeing the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Out of the two towers, I only went up Torre degli Asinelli for €3. It was well worth it! The 498 steps up was like an exercise of a lifetime and it seemed unending, but seeing the break of light at the last staircase felt like an achievement. On top of it all, the view of the rust-colored Bologna from... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great sight stretching skywards from the square below. Impossible to understand how this was built. Nice by day but much more when seen by night.

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Utrecht, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It is bizar that to this day the center of Bologna is dominated by 2 extravagant buildings dating back to the 12th century which never seemd to have had any real use except for showing of the power of its builders. The Asinelli tower is some 90 metres high and can be climbed. We did so and it was a... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you read any underwhelming reviews of these towers, ask yourself if the reviewer actually bothered to complete the ascent. Obvioulsy the weather will have a significant impact on your enjoyment of the views, but we were lucky enough to have clear blue skies when we came at the end of February. There must have been about 500 steps to... More 

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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Although it's not the best thing I've ever done, it's worth the €3 when in Bologna...why not! Obviously if you don't like heights it's not for you, but there's a never-ending amount of stairs, each of which are wonky/narrow/mixed heights, so it's also not for you if you don't feel comfortable in tight narrow spaces or don't feel comfortable with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Well, we didn't put up the first Tower correct. It bands to one side. Ok, let us just build another one. Just leave the other Tower. No worry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I was told by my host that these towers are locally known as Donkey Towers but he did not know the logic behind it! I visited them in the late evening and saw them only form the ground! They do look imposing as all other buildings i the area are old style and not very tall. I reckon the view... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Not for the fainted hearted. The climb is surreal (I have a certain degree of vertigo). But the view on top of the tower is amazing! :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Interesting to look at and photograph, lots of building work going on at present. (End February 15) Very buzzy area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Alot of steps that are very narrow.But when you reach the top it is worth the effort.Beautiful 360 degree view.A nice breeze cooled us off at the top.Take your time and bring a bottle of water.

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