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Two Towers (Due Torri)
More than 100 towers pierced the sky above Bologna in the Middle Ages, but only 20 still stand today. The most famous are the city center’s Two Towers (Due Torri), which lean at a gravity-defying angle that rivals Pisa’s Leaning Tower. Climb to the top of the taller one for fabulous views over the city and surrounding countryside.
 
The Basics
The Two Towers are among the unique sights in Bologna, reminding visitors of the city’s bellicose history and offering the best scenic overlook in the center. The landmark Garisenda and Asinelli towers were constructed to provide defensive protection and to represent the wealth and power of the noble families who commissioned them. You can climb 498 steps to the top of the Asinelli tower, built by the Asinelli family in 1119 and soaring 318 feet (97 meters) above the city’s rooftops; the shorter Garisenda tower leans too steeply to be climbed.
 
Join a walking tour, or a tour by bike or Segway, to see the Two Towers and other top Bologna attractions like the Basilica of San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore, and the churches of Santo Stefano and San Domenico. Bologna is famous for its wonderful cuisine, so you can also opt for a food tour to combine sightseeing with samples of the city’s traditional food and wine. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kids love the thrilling climb to the top of the tower, but be sure to keep a close watch over younger children on the steep stairs and rooftop.
  • The rooftop platform is outdoors, so dress for the weather and bring your camera.
  • The tower is not wheelchair accessible, and the stairs are narrow and steep.
  • Tickets must be reserved in advance for a specific day and time; entrance times are scheduled every 45 minutes.
 
How to Get There
The Two Towers stand over Piazza di Porta Ravegnana in the heart of Bologna’s historic center, just a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Maggiore and the Bologna Centrale train station.
 
When to Get There
The best light for photography from the top of the Asinelli Tower is during the early morning or late afternoon. The rooftop observation deck is outdoors, so choose to visit on a clear day.
 
A Romantic Legend
Legend says that a bricklayer’s small donkeys (asinelli) unearthed a buried chest of golden coins with their hooves. Years later, the bricklayer gave the treasure to his son, who was in love with a noble lady. The lady’s father declared that he would let his daughter marry the poor boy only if the boy built the highest tower Bologna. The treasure paid for the tower, and the bricklayer’s son married his true love.
Address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna 40126, Italy
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Food Tours

Bologna Food Walking Tour

Discover Bologna from a culinary perspective on this food walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, visit one of the city’s oldest food markets, and check out traditional food shops like a bakery and pasta maker. Learn about Bologna’s culture, architecture and history as you enjoy tastings of cheese, cured meats, bread, chocolate, gelato and more. It’s a delicious way to get to know this Italian foodie mecca.
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Day trip from Rome to the Ferrari Museum and the town of Bologna

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Walking Tours

Bologna City Walking Tour

See Bologna’s main attractions and vibrant markets during a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit sights like the massive Piazza Maggiore, incomplete Basilica di San Petronio church, the famous Neptune Fountain, and the iconic Two Towers that each lean in a different direction. Learn about Bologna’s culinary prowess in a country that is serious about food.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

2-Hour Historic Bike Tour of Bologna

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Cultural Tours

Must See Bologna with a Local: Private & Personalized

Explore the historic streets of Bologna with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. See top landmarks including Piazza Maggiore, taste espresso under the famous portici (arched colonnades), and wander through the Montagnola Market. The itinerary can be customized according to your interests.
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Private Day Trip from Rome to Italy's Culinary Capital: Bologna

Did you know that Bologna is just a two-hour train ride from Rome? Catch the train from Termini station and enjoy a scenic journey to beautiful Bologna. Ready to try some of the city’s best culinary delights? Let’s start with some yummy Italian coffee paired with a Bolognese artisan pastry. Delizioso!Now it is time to go exploring. From historic monuments to vibrant markets and medieval canals, there is plenty to see. Piazza Maggiore is the heart of the city and the perfect place to start exploring.Enjoy a freshly baked lasagna paired with a tasty glass of red wine at a traditional trattoria. Soak up the authentic vibes whilst enjoying some of the best pasta you’ve ever eaten.Try some authentic gelato at a family-run ice creamery. Then get a taste of university life at the first university in the world, which is right here in Bologna. Take in the picturesque surroundings with a glass of local wine, then hop on the train back to Rome.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Bologna Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated Guide

The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the history-filled city, this half-day, private walking tour of Bologna covers top attractions. Listen to in-depth commentary from your own art historian guide, and enjoy a personalized travel experience adapted to you and your party. Highlights include Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica di San Petronio, and the Mercato di Mezzo.
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Cultural Tours

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THE SECRETS OF BOLOGNA: GUIDED VISIT IN SPANISH

Discover Bologna thanks to a guided walking tour of the old town.This 2 hour visit in the company of a specialized guide in Spanish, will take you to know the secrets of the city, its medieval center, its porticos and towers. Enter the imposing church of San Petronio, admire the palace of the oldest university in the world and live the atmosphere of the Plaza Santo Stefano.NB: It is recommended to wear appropriately modest clothes to visit places of religious importance.
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Secret Food Tours Bologna

Treat your hungry self to a food tour of Bologna, and discover why the city is known for its love of gastronomy. With a local guide, you’ll savor breakfast, then sample fresh pasta, balsamic vinegar, cheese, wine, gelato, and even a secret dish—to be revealed on the tour. Explore the city by foot in between tastings, and learn about Bologna and its food heritage through the tour. Just let the local supplier know in advance if you have special dietary requirements.
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Walking Tours

Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour

Discover the center of Bologna, a maze of medieval streets and arcaded walkways, by booking this private walking tour with your own English-speaking and professional guide. This is best way to get the most out of Bologna in a short period of time and getting a lot of personalized attention from the guide.
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Literary, Art & Music Tours

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Self-guided tour of Bologna

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Day trip to Bologna from Rome

Journey from Rome into the heart of the beautiful Emilia-Romagna region on this full-day tour of Bologna. Meet your guide directly at your hotel (pickup is available at centrally located venues). In the company of a small group, travel to the medieval city, which is home to one of the world’s oldest universities and a wealth of historical architecture. Learn more about Bologna’s major attractions and history from your guide, and sample its many culinary highlights, too (meals own expense).
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Segway Tours

Bologna Segway Tour

See Bologna, with its narrow streets, crooked medieval towers and miles and miles of arcaded walkways, from a different perspective: from a Segway. Cruise around this handsome Italian city on a Segway, learning about the history of each place, and seeing major landmarks, such as the five-hundred-year-old Fountain of Neptune, the Basilica di Santo Stefano, and much more. This small-tour is limited to just eight participants, which means you’ll get plenty of attention from the local guide.
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AROUND ITALY: BOLOGNA 1 DAY individual excursion

In only one hour you can travel by train from Milan to Bologna to discover the city with an independent tour package that covers train transportation and light refreshments. Spend a full day exploring Bologna on your own, taking in the architecture, historical sites, and vibrant town center with its cafes, restaurants, and bars. Your tour includes round-trip train tickets and a wine tasting with appetizers.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Bologna City Center Private Tour with a Local Guide

Get an insider's view of Bologna, known as one of Italy's cultural and culinary capitals. This private walking tour gives you the undivided attention of an art historian guide, who reveals stories and secrets behind Bologna’s fountains, palaces, and churches. See highlights of the medieval city center, learn about important former residents, and browse the delicious products of the Emilia-Romagna region at a typical market. Ask all the questions you like for a personalized introduction to beautiful Bologna.
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Cultural Tours

Family Day in Bologna with a Local: Private & Personalized

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Cultural Tours

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CLASSIC WALKING TOUR BOLOGNA

A classic walking tour through the streets of central Bologna visiting the major cultural attractions of the cityAt the end a small tasting of local products.
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Bologna Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

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Day Trips

Small Group Day Gourmet Trip from Florence:Bologna Food Tour

The region of Emilia Romagna is one of the hidden culinary stars of Central Italy. On this relaxing full-day trip you, you'll taste world-famous foods at their point of origin and tour Bologna to sample local delicacies such as mortadella, the gourmet inspiration for Baloney.
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  • 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

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 BOLOGNA PRIVATE TOUR: Private walking tour of the city center

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Segway Tours

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BOLOGNA. THE YELLOW OF WATERS - Self-guided Treasure Hunt

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Bologna Food Tour with Wine Tasting & Guided Sightseeing of Top Attractions

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Dining Experiences

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BOLOGNA TORRI TOUR

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Historical & Heritage Tours

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THREE DAYS IN BOLOGNA: the learned, the fat and the red

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