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The two towers: Garisenda and degli Asinelli

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana - 40126 Bologna (BO)

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 04/02/2020, 10:17

The two towers are commonly recognized as symbols of Bologna and are located in the heart of the city at the point where the ancient Via Emilia (Aemilian Way) entered the city.

They were built during the Middle Ages and had a military function (signalling and defence) as well as representing, with their grandeur, the social prestige of the family that had them built.

The recently-restored Asinelli Tower is the only one open to the public.


The attraction is part of the Bologna Welcome Card PLUS and Card EASY circuits, so admittance is free for card-holders.

The Tower was built between 1109 and 1119 by the family bearing the same name and was handed over to the Municipality as early as the following century. 498 internal steps lead to the top at a height of 97.02 metres offering spectacular views of the city.


Torre Garisenda, built at the same time as the previous tower, is different due to its shorter height of 47 metres. It is known for its steep overhang due to a subsidence of the land and the foundations, so much so that Dante featured it in Canto XXXI of the Inferno. It was lowered for fear of it collapsing during the 14th century and is currently being restored.

Visit the new website: www.duetorribologna.com

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.


  • Free admission: Bologna Welcome Card PLUS and Card EASY holders; disabled people and helpers; authorized touristic guides; leaders of groups of minimum 20 people; children under 4 years old
  • 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)


Till 3 November 2019
9:30am-7:30pm; entrance open every 45 minutes - last entrance at 6:30am

From 4 November 2019 to 29 February 2020
9:30am-5:45pm; entrance open every 45 minutes - last entrance at 5:00am

From 1 March 2020 to 2 November 2020
9am-7:30pm; entrance open every 45 minutes - last entrance at 6:30pm

TORRE GARISENDA: not accessible