"The Two Towers" Due Torri Tip by Gillianina

Due Torri, Bologna: 38 reviews and 95 photos

by Gillianina
  • The Two Towers - Bologna
  • The 2 towers by night on the World Cup final night - Bologna
      The 2 towers by night on the World Cup final night
    by Gillianina

As a medieval city, Bologna has many characteristic buildings, towers and streets. The most famous monuments in Bologna, that are the real landmarks, are the Two towers. In the middle age building towers was a symbol of power, and the lords of the city used to build them; the higher it was, the more powerful a lord was.
The Two Towers are named: Asinelli's tower (the highest of the 2 and also the highest of the city) and Garisenda tower. Both the towers were originally 60 metres high, but Asinelli was soon raised to its present height of about 89 metres. The Garisenda, which Dante saw at its original height, was however, cut down to 47 metres for fear of a sudden collapse.

Once there were 200 towers in the city, now only 30 remained. There's the possibily to climb up the Asinelli: it's definitely worth it because there you have the most beautiful view of the city and of the sorrounding hills.

At Christmas the Asinelli tower is decorated with thousands of lights for all its lenght! Really beautiful!

Directions: at the end of Rizzoli Street

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  • Updated Sep 27, 2003
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