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Torre degli Asinelli


The Tower of Asinelli is the symbol of the city of Bologna, which is located in Emilia-Romagna. It is 97 meters high and and it is the highest medieval leaning tower of the world. It was built between 1109 and 1119 and, next to it there is another tower which is called Garisenda. A legend tells that the Tower of Asinelli was built by a guy as a proof of love for his future wife.

The municipality of Bologna got it at the end of the XIV century, when the Asinelli family didn’t exist anymore and turned it into a prison.

It was damged several times but, fortunately, it remained intact: in 1531 it was hit by a cannon ball; its stairway was set on fire; it was hit and damaged by thunderbolts.

We suggest you to reach the top of the tower, going up the 498 steps and enjoying the breathtaking view.


La Torre degli Asinelli è il simbolo della città di Bologna, situata in Emilia-Romagna. È alta circa 97 metri ed è la torre medievale pendente più alta del mondo. Fu costruita tra il 1109 e il 1119 e accanto ad essa ce n’è un’altra molto simile chiamata Garisenda. Una leggenda narra che la Torre degli Asinelli fu costruita da un giovane come prova d’amore per la ragazza che poi avrebbe sposato.

Il Comune di Bologna ottenne la torre verso la fine del XIV secolo, quando la famiglia Asinelli andò in malora e la trasformò in una prigione.

Essa fu più volte danneggiata ma, fortunatamente, rimase intatta: nel 1531 fu colpita da una palla di cannone; la sua scalinata fu incendiata più volte;  fu colpita e danneggiata da fulmini.

Vi consigliamo di raggiungere la cima della Torre salendo i 498 scalini e godervi il panorama mozzafiato.

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