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“Bologna: Ancient city and modern joys”

Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda
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Owner description: The colossal towers were built by Bologna's important families in the 12th century.
Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is a wonderful 'people-watching spot. Settle on a sunny bench, with these amazing medieval towers leaning slightly drunkenly to point to an azure sky, and let the busy world whirl around, Chattering students from the world's oldest university scurry by, scooters buzz past, but there are not too many camera-laden tourists. This is a real slice of Italy. So sit and dream of the spaghetti bolognaise named after your present surroundings or treats from the cheese shop round the corner – or what you might buy in the amazing weekly market. And if that blue sky beyond the looming towers does turn grey, some 38 kilometres of arcades allow you to explore this ancient city while still sheltered from the rain. Only twenty medieval defensive towers remain out of some 180 that were built in the 1100s and 1200s and this central pair have become a stunning icon for Bologna's medieval heritage.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Quite extrardinary, The lower of the towers is leaning dangerously so cannot be climbed. The taller tower which is very very tall can be climbed.......our (fitter) friends in their 60s did climb to the top!! and got some great shots of the city. They did say the spiral stairs did feel a little unstable at times but they did it....and recommended it but not for us at 70!!

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Many towns in Northern Italy have these tall towers; built in the 1200's for defense of to show off wealth. But Bologna's Asinelli tower is exceptional because you can climb to the top (97 m) for the best view in town. Costs 3 Euros. Only place to view into the courtyard behind Cathedral San Pietro. From the top you can look down on the shorter Garisenda tower than is leaning away. Also great place to view the 20 other towers (there used to be 100). If you go up on Saturday or Sunday afternoon you can watch people filling up Via Rizzoli and via Ugo Bassi because it's 'T-Days' when the main streets, including Via Independenza are closed to traffic.

Thank David R
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

needless to say, if your afraid of heights and creaky wooden stairs dont go :) its a very long way up, good that there are platforms after each few flights of stairs, you can catch your breath..once up top, views are spectacular...recomended...

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

...until you get back down to the bottom. JUST DO IT! Yes you have to pay 3 euros for the priviledge of climbing to the top, but it's worth all the effort. You can stop at any of the landings and rest. The bottom third is surrounded by scaffolding, but you do get to a point where the only thing you are seeing is the stairs attached to the wall. Stay focused on the goal!

Thank Lynella J
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