The tallest leaning medieval tower in the world was built between

1109 and 1119

by the Asinelli family


At 97.2 meters, The Torre degli Asinelli is the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world.
It was built between 1109 and 1119 and is one of the twenty towers that have survived the centuries. The Torre degli Asinelli has a little sister, the Garisenda tower:
the pair of towers is a universally recognized symbol of the city for both visitors and locals.
Despite her noble age and her noticeable lean, you can climb to the top of the Torre degli Asinelli and enjoy the unique viewpoint and panorama that enfolds before you.

Ready to be amazed? Just 498 stairs and you will get a whole new outlook on the city.

Torre degli Asinelli: fun facts

completed 1684
off-centre lean

Torre degli Asinelli Tidbits

La Turrita Bologna

"Surge nel chiaro inverno la fosca turrita Bologna".
(Dark in the winter's crystal air arise Bologna's turrets)
This is what Giosuè Carducci, famous poet and writer, Nobel prize winner for Literature 1906, wrote of the city whose distinctive skyline has been easily identifiable throughout the centuries by towers reaching up to the sky.
Many towers and tower/houses were constructed in the Middle Ages. There were at least one hundred of them at one point built by Bolognese families to make show of their power with military function of defense or other military ends. Of those, 24 towers are recognizable in the city centre to this day.

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