Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 7: Torre Degli Asinelli-- A Bird's Eye View of Bologna

Lushly covered green mountains as far as the eye can see sprinkled with pink brick-colored buildings which become more abundant as  you draw your eyes closer to the city--this is my view atop one of Bologna's famous towers, "Torre Degli Asinelli." The tower leans at a slight angle and stands 97.6 meters tall (that's about 320 feet high!) and with the 498 steps you have to climb to reach the top, it definitely feels as high as it looks! Despite the 498 steps and all of the huffing and puffing that comes along with such a work-out, the effort is most certainly worth the view! But you don't have to take my word for it... take a look for yourself 
A word of warning to the cautious: Legend says it's bad luck to climb the tower if you're studying at the University in Bologna, or if you are in a relationship. Apparently it's not good luck for your relationship or your studies to climb the tower! Students that graduate at the University all climb the tower once they've graduated and celebrate for having finished their schooling. Good thing for me I wasn't adhered to either of those things! ;-)

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