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Torre degli Asinelli
Torre degli Asinelli

Torre degli Asinelli

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Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
+39 051 658 3111
https://www.duetorribologna.com/
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Visit the tallest remaining tower in Bologna, the Torre degli Asinelli, a salient symbol of this city that was once famous for its towers. Built in the 12th century by the Asinelli family, this tower ... Read more
stands 97 meters tall and leans slightly but not as much as the nearby Garisenda Tower. The denizens of Bologna have used the Torre degli Asinelli for a number of purposes through the years. Originally, it was a private fortress, and then it was used as a prison, a scientific aid, a sight post during bombing raids and a television station. For a 3 euro fee, you can climb to the top of this landmark and see a beautiful vista of the red roofs of Bologna and the verdant hills beyond.

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New York City, New York State, USA

You'll kill two birds with one stone here; 1. work off a big lunch by climbing the stairs (498 to be exact), and 2. enjoy stunning, 360 views of Bologna. Local superstition goes it's bad luck for students to climb the stairs before graduation.

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Milan

This is definitely a must when visiting Bologna! The leaning frame of Asinelli Tower overlooks the rooftops of Bologna historic centre, offering an amazing view stretching all the way to the hills of Bologna on clear days. The climb is fairly easy and can be undertaken by most people in good physical conditions. The staircase is dark and narrow so those who are afraid of heights might feel uncomfortable.
There's also a little 'urban myth' related to Torre degli Asinelli - it is believed that if students climb it, they'll never graduate. So if you haven't yet graduated, the choice is yours!

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Very cool tower to climb up.... Be warned though it takes awhile! There is only one way up and down and sometimes only one person can make it though.. Well worth it though for an amazing view of bologna! Highly recommended!

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Le due Torri: Garisenda e degli Asinelli

The two towers Garisenda and Asinelli are the traditional symbol of Bologna, strategically standing where the old Aemilian way entered the town. In the late 12th century, at least one hundred towers dotted the town's skyline, but today only twenty have survived the ravages of fire, warfare and lightning.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Back in the 11th and 12th century, Bologna was full of high towers. Today, two of the most prominent ones remain as the landmarks of the city.

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London, UK

Climbing to the top of these babies is sort of a must in Bologna. You need to burn off your tortelloni somehow right? Plus the view is really beautiful, so I thought it was really worth it.

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Basingstoke, UK

It has around 500 steps inside its 100 meter high tower ( for the pedants - 97.20 meters high with a drop of 2.23 metres and an inner staircase of 498 steps ). If that doesn't put you off, then head tot he top for great views of the city. Roads stretch out from the base in several directions, as straight as an arrow!

Its one of the highest places in the city, so gives a great and google earth like view of the rooftops.

Probably done best early in the day ( to beat the tourists and the heat ) it can be a little tight on the stairs and some are pretty steep, but nothing that a reasonably fit person can do.

3 Euros per person ( May 2014 )

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Rimini, Italy

From the top of the tower you can admire a breathtaking view of Bologna, don't climb before graduate

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London, UK

A must see and one of Bologna's most defining features. It is fun to climb the tower to enjoy a unique view of nearby Piazza Maggiore, but not critical if you do not have the time. However, no visit to Bologna is complete without seeing the famous Due Torre.

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Piacenza, Italy

It takes 3 Euros to go up (that's the price of 1 yr ago or so) and the view is breathtaking. Make sure you go up there before 5pm, closing time. Can be tiring if you're not used to climbing 98m in one flight of stairs.

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Sydney, Australia

The more interesting thing about these stone towers is the story or legend behind the two towers..2 feuding families who of course had 2 people, one from each family, who fell in love. Forbidden love! Unfortunately can't remember how the story finishes..

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New York City, New York State, USA

The view from the top of the tower is well worth the climb over hundreds of stairs with no railing - an experience which puts you back in the middle ages

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Rome
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The legend says that one should not climb before they graduated ... I do not know if it is true, when in doubt I have waited a few years before you get on and enjoy the wonderful panorama from up there. The climb is definitely hard, do not recommend it to those who have heart problems and dizziness. Once on top, however, take your time to enjoy the roofs of Bologna, the roads that branch, the avenues and of course ... San Luca. If I'm close quite early, between 17 and 19.

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Istanbul

Good place

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Perth, Australia

Since the recent earthquake the two building now under construction.

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Local from Bologna, Italy

The inside stairs are just faboulous!!!

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Udine, Italia

Una volta salita in cima si può vedere il panorama cittadino da togliere il fiato

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Milan, Italy

Una delle due torri simbolo di Bologna. Attribuita al Ghibellino Gherardo Asinelli, che pare ne ordinò la costruzione nel 1109. Ci sono da salire 498 gradini per arrivare a quasi 100 metri e vedere il panorama di Bologna a 360°. La torre pende verso Ovest di 2 metri, con un'inclinazione dell'1,3°, più della Torre di Pisa o di qualunque torre in Italia.

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Magliano Sabina, Italy

Le Due Torri, simbolo e bandiera di Bologna, visibili anche a grande distanza, elevate nel cielo, come due indici che indicano l'alto, il lontano, l'irraggiungibile. Se non avete paura delle altezze, potete anche salire sulla torre, pagando un biglietto di 3 euro, su in cima vi accoglierà uno dei più bei panorami della città, davvero da non perdere. Figuratevi, vi sembrerà quasi di volare!!

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Da vedere ma, se non siete laureati non saliteci, si dice che porta sfortuna e non ci si può più laureare.

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