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 central area is dominated by the Two Towers. The higher, Asinelli Tower, built in the 11th C 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.
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.
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
we sat down to dinner, for me Bolognese pasta.