Bologna from Above, or (Almost) Death by Mist

The obvious option for getting a good look of Bologna from above is Torre Asinelli, a remnant of the (possibly?) 100 towers that dotted the city in medieval times. Torre Asinelli was built between 1109-1119 by the Asinelli family with a height of 97 meters; beside it stands Torre Garisenda, much smaller, measuring 47 meters in height. Both towers are leaning, but Torre Garisenda leans so much that it is closed to the public.

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It takes a daunting total of 498 steps (yes, you read that right) to reach the summit of Torre Asinelli, and I decided to do this on a foggy morning.

Boy, that was a mistake.

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The steps that lead up to the top of the tower are very narrow, and not very tall. This is standard, and on any normal day it wouldn’t present a problem. The issue at hand is the fact that it being foggy outside meant that humidity leaked into the building and all the handrails of all the stairs were covered with a thin layer of mist.

Not like I feared for my life as I went up in these conditions or anything.

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The very last set of steps were almost a ladder, but it meant that I could stop climbing and be on (sort of?) solid ground.

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I knew as I climbed these that climbing back down was going to be fun. Spoiler alert: I wasn’t wrong.

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That view, though! Even through the fog, it was lovely. I can only imagine (or look up on the internet) how it looks on a clear day. So if you go to Bologna, climb Torre Asinelli. There are far less glamorous ways to die.

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