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Bologna towers tour

Bologna la turrita  Bologna the turreted city. This route will immerse you into medieval Bologna as you pass the Two Towers, as described by Dante. Of the approximately 100 towers built in Bologna around the twelfth century now there are 24, which have an unmistakable presence in the city.

The tour starts from Piazza Maggiore. You walk along via IV Novembre until reaching Piazza Galileo Galilei: here you will find the first tower on the itinerary, The Agresti Tower. A short distance further on, you can see The Lapi Tower, incorporated into the walls of Palazzo d’Accursio. From Piazza Galileo Galilei turn left onto via Battibecco and then to via de’ Fusari. From there, turn right to get to Piazza dei Celestini. Then, cross over via d‘Azeglio and walk into Corte Galluzzi, where the Galluzzi Tower is located. From Corte Galluzzi cross Piazza Galvani and follow via dell’Archiginnasio, where you find Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio, upon reaching its intersection with via dei Musei. Turn right onto via Clavature and then onto via Marchesana. Here you can see The Carrari Tower. Return to via Clavature, turn right and continue until you arrive at via Castiglione. Turn right again, cross the street and continue until you arrive at Piazza della Mercanzia. From the square, turn right onto via Santo Stefano: where you will reach The Alberici Tower. Going back to via Santo Stefano once again, you will reach Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. Here you find the Two Towers, a symbol of medieval Bologna.
From the opposite side of the square, take via dei Giudei and then Vicolo San Giobbe to Vicolo Tubertini and Vicolo Mandria. Here you will find The Uguzzoni Tower. Continue along via Oberdan, turn right and then immediately turn left onto via San Nicolò, then right onto via degli Albari and left again onto via degli Albiroli, where The Guidozagni Tower-House is located. Turning right onto via Sant’Alò you will find the Prendiparte Tower, also known as the Coronata “the crowned”. Reaching via Altabella you meet the Azzoguidi Tower. From via Altabella continue towards Piazza del Nettuno and pass under the Voltone del Podestà up to Piazza Re Enzo, where you will see The Lambertini Tower.
Once back in Piazza del Nettuno the Arengo Tower (or “the Podestà Tower”) can be seen. The last tower is The Orologio Tower (the Clock Tower), which is located on Piazza Maggiore.

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore is located at the very centre of Bologna. In the past the square underwent many changes and was further enriched with important buildings: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi.

address: Piazza Maggiore – 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Torre Agresti

Torre Agresti is located in Piazza Galileo, among modern buildings. Piazza Galileo was built after the demolition of some nearby buildings between the 20s and 30s and it was enlarged after the bombings of WWII that considerbly destroyed this area of the city.

address: Piazza Galileo, 1 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3 ph: 051 330408 fax: 051 3370004 email: segreteria@bolonios.it opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Torre Lapi

Torre Lapi (the Lapi Tower) is part of the Municipal building and it doesn't seem to be a gentle tower. Some scholars suppose it is part of the ruins of Porta Nova, one of the ancient walls that surrounded the city during the High Middle Ages.

address: Via IV novembre, 1 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3 opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Corte Galluzzi

An archway on one side of Piazza Galvani in the Corte de' Galluzzi, a well-representative complex of what was an area consortium.

address: Corte de' Galluzzi - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Torre Galluzzi

Torre Galluzzi is located in Piazza Galvani and it is part of the so-called triad of the medieval skyscrapers of Bologna, along with Torre Prendiparte and Torre Azzoguidi, standing in another area of the city centre.

address: Corte de' Galluzzi, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3/4 opening hours: entry from the library

Piazza Galvani

Piazza Galvani is located behind Basilica di San Petronio and in front of the portico leading to Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio (originally built to host the University, once located in many different buildings). At the centre of the square there is a marble statue by Adalberto Cencetti representing Luigi Galvani, a famous bolognese scholar mainly known for his research about bioelectricity, while observing the famous frog he used to study.

address: Piazza Galvani - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio

The construction of the Palace was commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo between 1562 and 1563 following the project by architect Antonio Morandi called Terribilia; it was to house the lecture halls for the University Study (Law and Arts). Up to 1803 it was the seat of the University and since 1838 it has been housing the Civic Library.

address: Piazza Galvani, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 ph: +39 051 276811 fax: +39 051 261160 email: archiginnasio@comune.bologna.it website: www.archiginnasio.it/ opening hours: Palace (courtyard and open gallery) Monday to Friday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday 10 am - 7 pm Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm Access to the library: see opening hours Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall (if not occupied by events) Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm Saturday 10 am - 7 pm Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm 2019 HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES Sunday June 2: 10am-7pm entrance:

Admission ticket to Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall € 3
(if not occupied by events)

Free admission:

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  • 1 person for each group of 10 people
  • Classes of secondary schools
  • 2 people for each school group
  • Young people up to 18 years old
  • Disabled people and their helpers
  • Icom members with valid card
  • Musei Metropolitani Card owners

Torre Carrari

Torre Carrari is characterized by a thin and basic structure. It is 22 metres high, and  it may be considered as a Tower House, built by the Carrari family between the 12th and the 13th century.

address: Via Marchesana, 12 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Palazzo della Mercanzia

Seat of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Crafts, Palazzo della Mercanzia has governed trading and business activities of Bologna since the late 14th century.

address: Piazza Della Mercanzia, 4 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 ph: +39 051 6093111 fax: +39 051 6093451 website: www.bo.camcom.it opening hours: possible only in the hall / groups only on request

Torre Alberici

Palazzo della Mercanzia is located in the area where the old city customs used to be. On its left, the ancient palaces with wooden porticoes may be found (they recall the medieval aspect of Bologna) and from there, Alberici Tower may be seen. The Alberici family built the tower in the 13th century.

address: Via Santo Stefano, 4 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana (originally known as Porta Ravennate) is the place where “le due torri”, (the two towers, symbols of Bologna) and the statue of San Petronio (the patron Saint of the city) may be found.

address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Le due Torri: Garisenda e degli Asinelli

The two towers Garisenda and Asinelli are the traditional symbol of Bologna, strategically standing where the old Aemilian way entered the town. 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.

address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 website: www.duetorribologna.com opening hours: TORRE DEGLI ASINELLI From 1 March to 5 November 09:30am – 7:30pm Timeslots: 09:30; 10:15; 11:00; 11:45; 12:30pm; 01:15pm; 02:00pm; 02:45 pm; 03:30 pm; 04:15 pm; 05:00pm; 05:45pm; 06:30pm From 6 November to 28 February 09:30am – 5:45pm Timeslots: 09:30; 10:15; 11:00; 11:45; 12:30pm; 01:15pm; 02:00pm; 02:45 pm; 03:30 pm; 04:15 pm; 05:00pm TORRE GARISENDA: not accessible entrance:

TORRE DEGLI ASINELLI

  • Free admission: Bologna Welcome Card PLUS and Card EASY holders and guides with a group of minimum 20 people; disabled people and helper
  • Full price: € 5.00 per person
  • Reduced: € 3.00 (under 12 and over 65; school trips; university students; groups of minimum 20 people; Card Musei Metropolitani holders)

The Torre degli Asinelli will be closed from October 21 to October 25 for maintenance on the summit. The reopening is scheduled for October 26.

Torre Uguzzoni

In order to have the most striking view of the tower, we suggest taking via San Simone from via Oberdan and turning into vicolo Mandria on your right.

address: Vicolo Mandria, 1 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4 opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Torre Guidozagni

Not far from Torre Prendiparte, there is Torre Guidozagni, located in Sant'Alò square. If you pass it and then turn back, the peculiar perspective recalls the towers Asinelli and Garisenda.

address: Via Albiroli, 1 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4 opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Torre Prendiparte o Coronata

The Prendiparte Tower, also known as Coronata Tower, was built in the  12th century by the guelph Prendiparte family as a means of defence. It is 60 meters high, thus being the second one in terms of height after the Asinelli Tower.

address: Piazzetta Prendiparte, 5 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4 opening hours: Open on occasion of events and guided tours

Torre Azzoguidi

Azzoguidi Tower (also known as Altabella Tower) is located in Via Altabella (the street was given this name because of the presence of the tower). It is 61 metres high and it's prossible it was even higher in the past (its façade seems to have been designed to counterbalance the height of the building).

address: Via Altabella, 15 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4 opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Piazza Nettuno

Piazza del Nettuno was given this name because it was built to give prominence to Statua del Nettuno, the statue that may be seen at its centre.

address: Piazza del Nettuno - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3/4

Voltone del Podestà

Vault under the Palazzo del Podestà. It originally housed the city market and the benches of the notaries; later on, blasphemers were set on the pillory and hangings were performed under its arches.

address: Piazza Maggiore, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D - 4

Torre Lambertini

In order to see Torre Lambertini, we suggest you to look at Palazzo Re Enzo or Palazzo del Podestà from Via Rizzoli, near Via Caduti di Cefalonia.

It is a tower house, bought in 1294 from the Municipality of Bologna which wanted to enlarge its area, formed by palatium vetus (Palazzo del Podestà) and palatium novum (Palazzo Re Enzo).

address: Piazza Re Enzo, 1 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: Private tower not open inside to the public

Torre dell’Arengo

Torre dell'Arengo is located over Palazzo del Podestà. This area has always been a central point for the city trade, as here there used to be a lot of sellers, clients, beggars and even cheaters.

address: Piazza del Nettuno, 1 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3 opening hours: Private tower not open inside

Torre Accursi o dell’Orologio

Accursi Tower, also known as the Clock Tower, is located in Piazza Maggiore. On the façade of the building, a huge mechanical clock was added in 1444. Its initial aim was to mark daytime, mainly midday, but since 1451 it has also marked nighttime.

address: Piazza Maggiore, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4