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Torri Asinelli

A lazy day and no museums open, with Martin arrived from Freiburg, we set off for a wander southwards with the plan to climb Torri Asinelli, the highest tower still standing in Bologna, and one we pass often, being at the hub of a radial set of roads which lead variously towards home, the theatre, south, and other easterly directions. Mostly I wanted to see the city from above and see how the ragged curves of the streets resolved themselves.

The greasy, narrow, steep stairs and head-buttingly low ceilings were completely worth the 3 euros it cost to make the climb, and the damp, grey air somehow also well-suited. I’m sure it looks sublime at the height of summer, but to see it subdued also has its rewards. As for the tower, now 900 years old, it’s sad and dilapidated, far from the days when the city was full of nearly 200 similar such fortifications, impossible to say whether the gaping, toothless holes were part of the original internal floor structure or later additions and removals.

Torri Asinelli – 1: Up the stairs
Torri Asinelli – 1: Up the stairs
Torri Asinelli – 2: Torre del Palazzo d'Accursio, 45m
Torri Asinelli – 2: Torre del Palazzo d’Accursio, 45m
Torri Asinelli – 3: Stairs and wall missing beams
Torri Asinelli – 3: Stairs and wall missing beams
Torri Asinelli – 4: West along Via Ugo Bassi
Torri Asinelli – 4: West along Via Ugo Bassi
Torri Asinelli – 5: South towards Piazzale San Michele In Bosco
Torri Asinelli – 5: South towards Piazzale San Michele In Bosco
Torri Asinelli – 6: Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro & Torre Prendiparte o Coronata
Torri Asinelli – 6: Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro & Torre Prendiparte o Coronata
Torri Asinelli – 7: East towards Teatro Comunale di bologna
Torri Asinelli – 7: East towards Teatro Comunale di bologna
Torri Asinelli – 8: North towards home
Torri Asinelli – 8: North towards home
Torri Asinelli – 9: South-East along Strada Maggiore to Via Emilia
Torri Asinelli – 9: South-East along Strada Maggiore to Via Emilia
Torri Asinelli – 10: Via Sante Stefano
Torri Asinelli – 10: Via Sante Stefano
Torri Asinelli – 11: Panorama from Strada Maggiore to Piazza Maggiore
Torri Asinelli – 11: Panorama from Strada Maggiore to Piazza Maggiore
Torri Asinelli – 12: Going down
Torri Asinelli – 12: Going down