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 

 

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

 

Why Climb these historic towers of Bologna?

Without too many vantage points to see the views of Bologna from above, you can actually climb some of the ancient towers to see the magnificent landscape below. The experience alone of visiting some of these historic towers still being utilized for observing the views of the city below make this a fun and one of a kind experience while visiting medieval Bologna. With over 100 towers built around Bologna during the Middle Ages for defense, only 22 towers survive today. The most prominent towers today are called the Two towers, the Asinelli Tower (97 m) and the Garisenda Tower (48 m) in height. The Asinelli tower is still open for the public to climb and check out the views from the top of the tower.

 

 

Climbing the Asinelli tower to the top observation area

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. The interior is dark with old wooden staircases that go up in a square pattern and some small windows for checking out the views and taking a break along the way until you reach the top observation area. The views from above are quite spectacular seeing all the monuments and other landmarks of Bologna below. It’s fascinating to know that many of these towers dotted the landscape in historic Bologna and a few are still around the historic district marketing the wealthy families that owned and operated these towers.

 

 

 

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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Conclusion to visiting the Towers of Bologna

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