Piazza di Porta Ravegnana


Built by patricians in the 12th century, these leaning towers, the virtual symbol of Bologna, keep defying gravity year after year. In the Middle Ages, Bologna contained dozens of these skyscrapers, predating Manhattan by several centuries. The towers were status symbols: the more powerful the family, the taller their tower was. The smaller one, the Garisenda, is only 162 feet tall and leans about 10 1/2 feet from perpendicular. The family that built this tower did not prepare a solid foundation, and it sways tipsily to the south. When the Garisenda clan saw what they had done, they gave up. In 1360, part of the tower was lopped off because it was viewed as a threat to public safety. The taller one, the Asinelli (334 feet tall, a walk-up of nearly 500 steps), inclines almost 7 1/2 feet. Those who scale the Asinelli should be awarded a medal, but instead they are presented with a panoramic view of the red-tile roofs of Bologna and the green hills beyond.
excerpt from
Frommer's 2001 Italy

2 - 3 February 2001


Torre degli Asinelli
(view walking north along Via Castiglione)

Bologna Torre degli Asinelli from a Distance





Torres Approaching from South





Bologna Torre degli Asinelli Background


The Torres
(view from Via Rizzoli)

Bologna Torre degli Asinelli Torre degli Garisenda in the Sunlight


Torre degli Asinelli /
Torre degli Garisenda

Bologna Torre degli Asinelli Torre degli Garisenda





Bologna Torre degli Asinelli Upward


San Bartolomeo

Bologna Torre degli Asinelli San Bartolomeo




Bologna Torre degli Asinelli Base Other


Leaning base of
Torre degli Garisenda

Bologna Torre degli Garisenda Base





Bologna Torre degli Asinelli Base


Entrance to
Torre degli Asinelli

Bologna Torre degli Garisenda Entrance


Looking down on
Torre degli Garisenda

Torre Degli Asinelli View Torre Garisenda


roof enclosure

Bologna Torre degli Asinelli Top




Torre degli Asinelli View



Torre degli Asinelli View



Torre degli Asinelli View Piazza Maggiore


Distant view of Piazza Maggiore

Torre degli Asinelli View Piazza Maggiore Closeup


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