Private Tour of the Towers of Bologna

Private Tour of the Towers of Bologna

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      Bologna, Italy
      2 Hours 30 Minutes
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 159
      • The Two Towers: Le Due Torri are Bologna's Big Ben or Eiffel Tower, jutting into the sky centuries before those newcomers showed up. Asinelli is a higher climb, but Garisenda leans more precariously.
      • Prendiparte Tower: Also known as the Coronata ("the Crowned") for its 200-foot-high crenelated parapet, this tower was built in the 12th century to keep a powerful family secure – and looks it.
      • Catalani Tower: It's short and squat compared to other towers, but at least two elite families lived behind its prominent brick arch after its completion in the 13th century.
      • St. Peter's bell tower: Bell ringing is serious business in Bologna. It was a form of communication when this imposing basilica was under construction in the 1500s. (It was scaled back when the pope feared the Vatican's basilica would be outdone.)

      Meeting point

      Please meet in the lobby of your downtown-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a GoBe sign with your name.

      Helpful hints

      In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.

      Getting around

      Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over varying surfaces with steps and inclines. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic

      Included amenities

      N/A

      Languages

      English, Italian

      Tour ID

      PP-EUR-ITA-BOLO-EN-1007

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for children ages 6 years or older as they may find 2 Hours 30 Minutes of walking difficult.

      Special Medical Restriction

      Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.

      They're not as famous as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and not as precariously pitched. But 100 miles northeast of the world's best-known weak foundation, Bologna's Two Towers stand securely (more or less) as a beloved civic symbol: one much taller than what Pisa has, one a little shorter, both around 160 years older. They were already sinking in too-soft soil when Pisa's builders were congratulating themselves on their new and stable structure.

      Le Due Torri are like siblings. The short one, Garisenda, has to engage in risky behavior to stand out next to Asinelli – at 318 feet, just over twice the height. So it leans threateningly, and can't safely be climbed anymore. Big Asinelli, on the other hand, nonchalantly slopes slightly in, challenging all comers to climb its nearly 500 stairs. That pale imitation in Pisa can be summited in just under 300. (The Prendiparte, a stop on this tour, tops 400.)

      Why this competitive slant? The focus on counting and comparing? Because while Le Due Torri were ostensibly built as a high perch for vigilant sentries, they were really about outdoing showoff neighbors like Florence and Rome. Asinelli and Garisenda were built taller than they needed to be for a great view. (A view that grew steadily more impressive over nine centuries.) They're projections of pure civic pride, just as cities vie for tallest skyscraper today.

      The towers on this tour were the skyscrapers of their day. You can think of Asinelli as a 32-story building – a runt compared to the current record-scraper, the 163-story Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But ask anyone who's climbed those 500 stairs: Thirty-two stories is plenty tall.

      And it'll always be taller than what Pisa has.

      Giving the Towers their Due

      The Two Towers are known for their lean and their views, not their aesthetics. But they've exerted a strange pull for nine centuries. Dante Alighieri, whose Inferno is considered Italian literature's greatest work, wrote a poem proclaiming Garisenda "the greatest tower men talk about"; one verse complained that it kept him from noticing an attractive woman. And architect Minoru Yamasaki is said to have based his design for the World Trade Center's Twin Towers on Le Due.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Bologna, Italy
      Bologna, Italy
      Great photo opportunities
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      Wear sunscreen
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat
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