Towers of Bologna and the panoramic views – Travel Photo Mondays

Towers of Bologna and the panoramic views - Travel Photo Mondays

Towers of Bologna and the panoramic views – Travel Photo Mondays

Towers of Bologna and the panoramic views – Travel Photo Mondays


The two towers of Bologna are the most well-known towers of the remaining twenty towers or so left in the city. The two towers represent the landmark image of Bologna of which over 180 towers were built during the 12th to 13th century to mark the wealth and prestige of significant families along with fortifying the city’s military defenses.  Many of the towers came into disrepair or were re-utilized for other purposes and their materials repurposed. The main tower is the Asinelli Tower and it is over 97 meters in height. The lower tower is the Garisenda Tower at over 48 meters. Similar to Pisa’s leaning tower both lean precariously and the shorter tower, is off-limits due to its extreme climbing angle.


The two towers of Bologna

The two towers of Bologna


Climbing up the claustrophobic interiors of the Asinelli tower really gives you the feeling of how old and almost precarious the towers are let alone the rickety staircases, dark interiors and musty masonry walls are with little windows that breath in small wisps of fresh air from the outside.




Asinelli and Garisenda towers at Bologna

Asinelli and Garisenda towers at Bologna

Here’s an interior view of the tower and those scary stairs


The interior stairs of the Asinelli tower in Bologna

The interior stairs of the Asinelli tower in Bologna


Once you are closer to the upper levels, small peek-a-boo views to the city’s historic center below affords a quick view to the terracotta and red-tiled roofs of the mostly ochre city far below and some of the iconic symbols of the city: the Piazza Maggiore and the basilica San Petronio, the Piazza del Nettunno and the fountain of Neptune below.




A view of Piazza Maggiore from the Asinelli tower

A view of Piazza Maggiore from the Asinelli tower


Here’s a broader view of the main piazza from the Asinelli tower


A first impression of Bologna in Emilia Romagna -Travel Photo Mondays

A first impression of Bologna in Emilia Romagna


Finally, when you get to the top and make it outside to see the view – it really is spectacular and worth the effort climbing all those incredible stairs – all 498 steps to the top. The panoramic views are so splendid – you can see 360 degrees all around the city and beyond the historic district area and into the surrounding countryside of Emilia Romagna. It’s a sea of terracotta and ochre with red-tiled roofs throughout.


Towers of Bologna and the city panorama

Towers of Bologna and the city panorama


Looking straight below the Asinelli tower is interesting when you check out the surrounding buildings and streets below.  The shot below shows a very cool angle with the lower Garisenda tower below and St Bartolomeo church.


Picture of the Garisenda tower from above the Asinelli tower

Picture of the Garisenda tower from above the Asinelli tower


You can get such amazing views from the Asinelli tower to the entire city and the countryside throughout the entire region. It is definitely worth the climb (498 steps) to the top for these magnificent views and the wonderful photo opportunities from above.


A solitary tower against a sea of ochre

A solitary tower, Torre Prendiparte, against a sea of ochre



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24 Responses to Towers of Bologna and the panoramic views – Travel Photo Mondays

  1. Cindy January 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    I just got to this post – woww! Those stairs do look frightening, but the views are clearly worth it. Your photos are just gorgeous.

  2. Francesca One Girl: One World December 13, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    After visiting most of the major cities in Italy, Bologna is one of the last ones left. I really want to go! Your pictures actually make me want to go…right…now! Great post 🙂

  3. Johanna December 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    The view was certainly worth it – love the perspectives you’ve taken.

  4. The GypsyNesters December 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Love the views down on all of the roofs. Makes us miss Italy.

  5. Carole Terwilliger Meyers December 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Thanks for taking me up into the Asinelli tower in Bologna with you via your camera. Now I can skip it when I visit. The interior reminds me of scenes in the film “Vertigo.”

  6. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) December 10, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Beautiful, we were there when the earthquake happened in 2012 and the towers were closed so we didn’t have a chance to see this magnificent few.

  7. santafetraveler December 10, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    What great views. Some of the angles are dizzying. What a beautiful city Bologna is!

  8. Sophie December 10, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    I’ll admit that I’m not that fond of heights but the views from the tower look amazing, you can see so so much! Amazing photos and a lovely bit of history too, thanks!

  9. Suzanne Stavert December 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    What views! Gave me goosebumps! My favorite was the staircase – magnificent!

  10. Juergen | dare2go December 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Glad you took me up for the spectacular view! And I’m glad that you stopped in Bologna at all; I believe it’s still a very undervalued destination in Northern Italy (bypassed by most between Venice, Verona, and Florence).

  11. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru December 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Wow, isn’t it amazing that these towers remain standing after so long. The city skyline in the 12th and 13th centuries must have been wondrous to visitors and citizens alike. Beautiful views make risking my vertigo worthwhile should we visit. Thanks!

  12. jenny@atasteoftravel December 8, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    What a fabulous view…certainly worth the climb. With that sea of red tiles, you could only be in Italy! Great photos Noel.

  13. Michele Peterson December 8, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    I love the perspective of the photo of the Garisenda tower from above the Asinelli tower

  14. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go December 8, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    I’d be game to climb the stairs of the Asinelli Tower for the panoramic views of the city which are absolutely gorgeous – You’re right though, those stairs do look a little rickety! The City must have indeed been imposing with the magnificent fortifications in the 12th and 13th centuries that showed the wealth and power of the city. Crossing my fingers but it looks like we may be there in 2015…

  15. Rachel@safari254 December 8, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    Beautiful shots … amazing, historic and charming

  16. jesh StG December 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Beautiful city, and it’s still apparent from the buildings that some well to do people lived there in the past. a pity that so many of the towers are done:( I command you for walking those rickety stairs – at least it was not a round tower (walking the spiral stair cases made me kind of dizzy)).

  17. Corinne December 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Noel, I just love the red ceramic roofs, don’t you?!

  18. budget jan December 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Hi Noel, I love the Picture of the Garisenda tower from above the Asinelli tower. It looks like it is taken looking directly down and the buildings look like an amazing puzzle. 498 is a lot of steps!

  19. Marilyn Armstrong December 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Gorgeous, but not the best places for someone with vertigo. In fact, the staircase in the Bologna tower looks a lot like the one in the movie “Vertigo.”

  20. Tam Warner Minton December 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    These photos are fantastic. It looks huge….just beautiful.

  21. The Guy December 7, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Noel, those near 500 steps maybe tiring but they are worth it for such spectacular views.

    The city looks awash with red brick buildings. It is quite refreshing to see an image of a city maybe unchanged for centuries. Today many city skylines change rapidly with new, fancy skyscrapers and reflections of modern architecture. It looks like Bologna is true to hold onto its traditional past.

    • Noel December 7, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      I agree, when you see a landscape like this that is mostly unchanged it is because the local government was smart enough to mandate strict laws to keep things in check so we still get to experience something amazing like this!


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