Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, Bologna

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Witness two iconic landmarks of Bologna dating back to the Middle Ages, Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda. The 12th-century, leaning towers serve as prominent historical symbols of a city that once boasted more than 100 such structures. Climb the 97 m (318 ft) high Asinelli Tower to see the drastic leaning angle of the Garisenda Tower and to view the city and countryside. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes; the climb to the top is steep and narrow. Using our world travel planner, Bologna attractions like Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The labour and design put into these structures is amazing considering they were constructed in medieval times. Apparently then, there were up to 80-100 towers within the walls of Bologna. Absolutely ...  more »
  • Look nice, very tall, but the big one is closed until July for restauration, the small one cannot be visited.  more »
  • One of the main places to walk past in Bologna and main tourist attractions. They are no Tower of Pisa, but great history.  more »
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  • My wife and I went to top on 22 July 2014. We are very pleased to have done it, and it is quite easy if you are fit. It will take about 10 minutes, due to narrow steps and meeting people coming down. Fantastic views from the top, so very much worth the effort. No trip to Bologna is complete without doing this. 3 Euro but going to good cause (maintaining it).
  • It does not matter how many times you see these towers on the ground you need to climb it to fully appreciate it. A great exercise! My kids love climbing the steps. The 360 degree panoramic view is breathtaking and impressive. A "Must see"!
  • Impressive towers. I was hoping to climb to the top for the view of Bologna but was closed for renovations. too bad.
  • It's closed for renovations. Thanks google. I trained over from Imola to climb the stairs, but it's not going to happen today or for a few months at the look of things.
  • Crazy feeling to walk up a inclined tower, but so much fun. Impressive view over the city. It's cheap and not crowded. Totally worth it.