Two Towers of Bologna

Bologna turned out to be a gem, with a cohesive central area and kilometre after kilometre of arcades providing traffic free, all weather walks.

The Two Towers of Bologna-Garisenda and Asinelli Towers
The Two Towers of Bologna-Garisenda and Asinelli Towers

The central area is dominated by Asinelli Tower the Two Towers. The higher, is the Asinelli Tower, built in the 11th C which dominates the entire skyline of Bologna and is one of what may have been an astounding 180 individual towers many of which were linked by aerial walkways.

Interior of Asinelli Tower the Two Towers
Interior of Asinelli Tower

The tower rises almost 100meters and the ascent is via an awful, open, wooden ladder. All in all this tower would put Minas Morgul and Orthanc of Lord of the Rings to shame.

Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita and Piazza Maggiore from Asinelli Tower.
Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita and Piazza Maggiore from Asinelli Tower.

Non-the-less on a cloudy day, with fewer visitors, we made the ascent to the top. Two steps below 500 and a half hour ascent the entire city was spread out below. Below the tower

Pasta Bolognese
Pasta Bolognese

we sat down to dinner, for me Bolognese pasta.

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