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Le due Torri: Garisenda e degli Asinelli

The Asinelli Tower will be closed from 18 April until the beginning of July 2017

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana - 40126 Bologna (BO)

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Date of last update: 21/04/2017, 15:15

THE ASINELLI TOWER UNDERGOES RESTORATION FROM APRIL 18th
Reinforcement of internal staircase and renovation of the viewing platform.
At the reopening it will be possible to book online tickets as well as  visits at specific hours.


The restoration works of the Asinelli Tower start on April 18th. The Tower will be closed until the beginning of July 2017.
The internal wooden staircase and handrails will be reinforced in order to make the access to the terrace easier for tourists and visitors.
At the reopening of the Tower an online booking service of tickets will be available. It will be possible to book visits at specific hours. This system will avoid long queues and make the access to the tower easier and quicker.

The two towers Garisenda and Asinelli are the traditional symbol of Bologna, strategically standing where the old Aemilian way entered the town. Today they stand right in the middle of Porta Ravegnana square, but this does not correspond to their original layout, which  included wooden buildings all around their base and hanging passageways.

Made in masonry work, as very few other buildings at that time, they had very important military functions (signalling and defence), beside representing with their imposing heights the social prestige of the noble families that owned them. In the late 12th century, at least one hundred towers dotted the town's skyline, but today only twenty have survived the ravages of fire, warfare and lightning. Quite recently, the statue of San Petronio made by Gabriele Brunelli in 1670, has been  placed back under the towers, after being removed in 1871 for "traffic reasons".

The Asinelli Tower was built between 1109 - 19 by the Asinelli family, and in the following century it was acquired by the Municipality of Bologna.  It is 97.20 metres high with a drop of 2.23 metres and an inner staircase of 498 steps completed in 1684. The plinth is surrounded by a small 'stronghold' built in 1488 to house the guards . Today, its portico hosts  a few craft shops and ateliers,to recall the merchants' trade of the Medieval 'mercato di mezzo'.

The Garisenda Tower, built around the same period , is much smaller (47 metres) with a steeper drop (3.22 m) due to an early and more marked subsidence of soil and foundation. Dante, who saw the tower before the process started, compared it to a leaning Anteo in the 31st Canto of his Inferno. In mid 14th century the tower had to be lowered. The ashlar covering in selenite stone of the base dates back to the late 19th century.

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.

Asinelli Tower admission ticket: € 3.00

  • Free admission: Bologna Welcome Card holders , journalists, disabled people + companion
  • Full: € 3.00 
  • School group entrance:€ 3.00 each student - free 1 teacher every 11 students
  • The entrance for groups is allowed compatibly with the access of other tourists 


For further information or reservations
sabrina.paltri@gmail.com

THE ASINELLI TOWER UNDERGOES RESTORATION FROM APRIL 18th
Reinforcement of internal staircase and renovation of the viewing platform.
At the reopening it will be possible to book online tickets as well as visits at specific hours.


The restoration works of the Asinelli Tower start on April 18th. The Tower will be closed until the beginning of July 2017.
The internal wooden staircase and handrails will be reinforced in order to make the access to the terrace easier for tourists and visitors.
At the reopening of the Tower an online booking service of tickets will be available. It will be possible to book visits at specific hours. This system will avoid long queues and make the access to the tower easier and quicker.

Asinelli Tower

The Tower has no elevator

  • Until 28 February 2017: 9am - 5pm (last admission at 4,40pm)
  • From 1 to 31 March 2017: 9am - 6pm (last admission at 5,40pm)
  • From 1 April to 30 September 2017: 9am - 7pm (last admission at 6,40pm)
  • From 1 to 31 October 2017: 9am - 6pm (last admission at 5,40pm)
  • From 1 November 2017 to 28 February 2018: 9am - 5pm (last admission at 4,40pm)

Garisenda Tower: not accessible

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