The Two Towers (Italian: Le due torri), both of them leaning, are the symbol of Bologna, Italy, and the most prominent of the Towers of Bologna. They are located at the intersection of the roads that lead to the five gates of the old ring wall (mura dei torresotti). The taller one is called the Asinelli while the smaller but more leaning tower is called the Garisenda. Their names derive from the families which are traditionally credited with having constructed the towers between 1109 and 1119. Their construction was a competition between the two families to show which was the more powerful family. However, the scarcity of documents from this early period makes this in reality rather uncertain. The name of the Asinelli family, for example, is documented for the first time actually only in 1185, almost 70 years after the presumed construction of the tower which is attributed to them.
A medieval tower from which you can see the whole town. Consider that you will not be able to buy tickets from the tower's entrance, you have to go to "Bologna Welcome", which is located on the main square. Prepare for climbing over 400 steps in a very narrow space. At the end it's going to be worth the effort!
Amazing climb to the top with stairs, not for the faint hearted people. The stairs are solid and it is a pretty climb. Once you are at the top, you will find an amazing view of Bologna. Definitely worth the climb. Reserve in advance, this is because of the small stairs.
I enjoy towers for the views and I enjoyed this one. Well worth a visit but only if you don't mind the climb as there's no lift.
Amazing view of Bologna. Great stairs & good railings. Well worth the exertion of almost 500 stairs!
You cannot buy tickets at the tower: only in the tourist office or online (and the website just doesn't work well with mobile browsers). It's quite an excercise, so be sure to take rest stops if you aren't used to taking steep stairs. The view point on top is tiny - when everyone gets to the top, you will have to squeeze between visitors. I think it would be better to make groups smaller and be more friendly and less commercial.