Conquering Asinelli


Conquering Asinelli

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Some people climb Everest. That’s a little much for me but I conquered Asinelli, one of the two towers that are one of the major symbols of Bologna.

The challenge - La Torre Asinelli

                                      The challenge – La Torre Asinelli

I’ve been told that someone attending the university here should never climb to the top before they graduate because it brings bad luck so a lot of them do it right after they graduate. I had not really considered climbing to the top but my friend Andrea encouraged me so today I did it. It really wasn’t that bad. Yes, there are a lot of steps – 498 to be exact as the sign says. The total height is 97 meters and 20 centimeters – pretty exact. That 318.9 feet.

 

How many steps and how high?

                                                                  How many steps and how high?

Yes sometimes the stairs are steep, especially the last flight but there are handrails the whole way so it’s not too bad.

The stairs looking down

                                                                The stairs looking down

After taking in the great views and coming back down we treated ourselves to a slice of very good and economical pizza at the very small pizza place nearby which is naturally called Due Torri.

Andrea and I at the top

                                 Andrea and I at the top

Looking down the main street(Rizzoli and Hugo Bassi)

                 Looking down the main street(Rizzoli and Hugo Bassi)

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Due Torri  - highly recommended

                                Due Torri – highly recommended and always a line.

Good pizza by the slice

                                                                Good pizza by the slice

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2 Responses to “Conquering Asinelli”

  1. Jan Says:

    Joe, What is on those pizzas? They look wonderful.

  2. Joe Says:

    Hmmm. One was mushrooms and prosciutto with no tomatoes (mine), the other was tomato sauce, prosciutto and mozzarella (Andrea’s).

    Yummy,
    Joe

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