TOWERS OF BOLOGNA

THE TOWERS OF BOLOGNA


At one time there were more than a hundred towers in Bologna, built between the end of the 1200s and the first half of the 1400s: they were the homes of the noble families who built them for defense and prestige.


The towers were thickened within the first circle of walls of which they represented an additional form of protection.


Only about twenty of the initial few have survived us and only a few, including the most famous of the Asinellis, can be visited.


Here is the list of  still existing  towers  :  Accursio, Agresti, Alberici, Asinelli, Azzoguidi, Bertolotti, Carrari, Catalani, Acquaintances, Dalla Perle, Galluzzi, Garisenda, Ghisilieri, Guidozagni, Lambertini, Lapi, Oseletti, Prendiparte, Ramponi.


Editor's note: in the App GUIDE OF BOLOGNA of the ItalGuide series you will find the tour itinerary dedicated to the towers of Bologna with the audio guide that will allow you to make a tour to get to know them in detail




LE TORRI DI BOLOGNA


ACCURSI or ACCURSIO or  CLOCK TOWER
It represents the original nucleus of Palazzo d'Accursio, the current Casa Comunale, which belonged to the homonymous professor of Florentine origin ...

TOWER OF THE AGRESTI
Built at the beginning of the thirteenth century, the tower belonged to the Agresti family, one of whose members, Ugolino, held a public office ...

TOWER OF THE ALBERICI
Located near the DueTorri, this tower, currently cut off, like many others, houses the oldest workshop in Bologna ...

ARENGO TOWER
Above the Voltone of the Palazzo del Podestà stands this tower built by the City to support the bells in the ....

TORRE DEGLI ASINELLI
The highest but also the only visitable of the Two Towers, from time immemorial symbols of the city. Located at the beginning of Strada Maggiore,.,

AZZOGUIDI TOWER
Belonging to the first publisher of Bologna, such a Baldassarre of the Azzoguidi family, the tower has a square base and until 1500 belonged to the ...

BERTOLOTTI TOWER
Broken off in the early 1400s, the tower was built by the Bertolotti family, originally from Tuscany, who probably traded silk ...

CARRARI TOWER
The tower was built by the Ghibelline family of the Carrari family and for this reason it was exiled in 1274 for a few years by Bologna...

CATALAN TOWER
Given the thickness of the walls, not very large, the tower house was of limited height and for this it was kept in height ...

CONOSCENTI TOWER
Today "hidden" in the internal court of a building, the tower belonged to the Conoscenti family, whose component was treasurer of the ...

DELLE PERLE TOWER 
Also known as Torre Sampieri, over time it has had various functions, including that of the seat of the gabelle, and is the only ...

GALLUZZI TOWER
Certainly higher than it is now, the Torre dei Galluzzi, a Guelph family, is linked to a story halfway between legend ...

GARISENDA TOWER
Coeva to its neighbor, the Tower of the Garisenda hangs more than three meters from a few hundred years and for this reason it was cut ...

GHISILIERI TOWER
A troubled history, that of the Torre Ghisilieri, which belonged to one of the most illustrious and powerful families in the city, ...

GUIDOZAGNI TOWER
Members of the Guidozagni family, owner of this tower and of a Guelph family, that is faithful to the Pope, participated in two crusades and ....

LAMBERTINI TOWER
Surrounded by the Palazzo di Re Enzo, to which it is prior to construction, the tower belonged to the Lambertini family, also of the Guelph faith ...

LAPI TOWER
It belonged to the family of the same name and was sold to the Commune, which incorporated it into the walls of the Palazzo Comunale. In 1500 ...

OSELETTI TOWER
Its construction was one of the tallest towers in Bologna but later it was more than halved for ...

PRENDIPARTE TOWER
One of the few towers that can still be visited in Bologna, which preserves all its originality and history. The tower is currently ....

RAMPONI TOWER
Incorporated in an elegant building in the historic center, the tower belonged to the Ramponi family, whose members include Pope ....

 SCAPPI TOWER
Also this tower was incorporated in 1500 in the Coccapani palace, but the entire upper part remains visible. In the central ...

TOWER OF TOSCHI
With Toschi in the Middle Ages it referred to the numerous inhabitants of Bologna of Tuscan origin registered with the Society ...

UGUZZONI TOWER
The Uguzzoni family, one of the few Ghibelline faiths among the owners of the other towers still existing in Bologna, was ...





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