Discover Emilia Romagna from above – On top of Towers and Bell towers
Strolling around

Discover Emilia Romagna from above – On top of Towers and Bell towers

by /// August 31, 2021 /// Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Strolling around

Strolling around


Strolling around

Strolling around


Every day we tell you beauties & treasures of our Region, but how about discovering Emilia Romagna from above, climbing up to the top of towers and bell towers?
Here’s a first selection of places not to be missed if you love to immortalize the landscapes from unique perspectives and you’re not afraid of heights ;)
For convenience we have divided them by provincial areas.

Discover EmiliaRomagna from above – Piacenza

Dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Santa Giustina | Piacenza

After the exhibitions’ success of the last two years, the possibility of climbing on the dome of the Piacenza Cathedral, frescoed by Guercino, has become permanent.
The experience will give you the opportunity to see the frescoes as close as never before and, before going down, you can take from the façade some pictures of the square.
The visit is possible only during the weekend with the possibility of a combined ticket with the Kronos Museum.

Discover EmiliaRomagna from above – Modena

Ghirlandina Tower | Modena

Built as a bell tower, even if it has always played an important civic function, it is the symbol of the city easily recognizable to travelers coming from any part.
With its more than 89 meters, it stands on Piazza Grande just next to the Cathedal, with which it shares the title of UNESCO Heritage.
First you should admire the exterior and then go inside where, after visiting the so-called “Stanza dei Torresani”, once inhabited by the guardians of the tower, you will be amazed by the view that is enjoyed from that height. For the visit you can choose between single ticket or single ticket that also includes the Municipal Palace Historic Rooms, the Municipal Acetaia and the Cathedral Museums.

Discover EmiliaRomagna from above – Bologna

Asinelli Tower | Bologna

Of the more than 100 Bologna’s medieval towers, today just over 20 of them are left, including the famous Two Towers, Garisenda and Asinelli. In the past they had important military functions and their majesty represented the prestige of the owner family.
If you decide to climb on top of the Asinelli Tower, 498 steps await you to get to an altitude of 97.2 meters, where the slope of more than 2 meters is clearly visible. From the top terrace you will see Bologna as the guards used to do in the ancient times and for once you will enjoy an unusual city skyline. Remember that the climb to the Tower is free if you buy the Bologna Welcome Card for your Bologna trip.

Bell Tower of San Pietro Cathedral | Bologna

On Saturday, in Via Indipendenza, the Cathedral of Bologna (didn’t you know that San Petronio Basilica is not the city’s Cathedral?) reserves you a special surprise: the climb to the bell tower, or better to the bell towers (the original one, and the second built around the first).
The climb takes place in the cavity along a particular spiral staircase made not by steps but by a long inclined plane and, even if challenging, it will reward you with a unique view that goes from the rooftops and towers of Bologna’s centre to the hills, where only the Asinellis dominate you: priceless if done at sunset. When on the top, a guide explain the history of the bell tower and its bells and if you’re lucky you can also do a try of bells ring.

Prendiparte Tower | Bologna

In the city of the towers there couldn’t be just one visitable: if you want to stand out, don’t miss the opportunity to climb to the top of the Prendiparte Tower. You will have to cross 12 rooms, one on each floor, in a vertiginous climb that slowly leads to the panoramic terrace at an altitude of 60 meters. In the Middle Ages it was the bulwark of the Prendiparte family, today the owners have destined it to the curious tourists who can appreciate its uniqueness (you can also book for an aperitif on the terrace, a romantic dinner and even sleep inside it!).

Discover EmiliaRomagna from above – Ferrara

Lions’ Tower of the Este Castle | Ferrara

The Estense Castle, symbol of Ferrara, has not always existed: originally in its place there was an ancient watchtower inserted in the defensive walls next to the Lions’ Gateway, the Lions’ Tower, around which the Castle was built in 1385. With its square plan and built in bricks, in 2012 the tower has been the symbol of the earthquake’s damages.
Today restored and secured, you can climb to admire from its banister all over Ferrara and beyond (if there’s no fog…). For the climb there’s a surcharge on the Este Castle ticket (free with MyFe Card).

Bell tower of the Pomposa Abbey | Codigoro

The Pomposa Abbey, a medieval masterpiece near the Mesola Natural Park, is one of those hidden gems of our Italy. It is said that it was here that the monk Guido d’Arezzo invented the seven musical notes. The bell tower of the Abbey of Pomposa dates back to the year 1000 and stands for 48 meters in height, to be seen from afar from the pilgrims and wayfarers in transit from Venice to Ravenna. Characterized by a structural lightness, thanks to the window openings, it is not always open to visitors. To take advantage of the next opening, follow the Pomposa Events Association that manages the visits. Those who climbed up ensure that the view above the valleys of the nearby Po Delta is not to be missed!

Pomposa Abbey | Ph. sailko, via Wiki

Pomposa Abbey | Ph. sailko, via Wiki

Discover EmiliaRomagna from above – Ravenna

Clock Tower | Brisighella

Starting from the famous Via degli Asini, a steep staircase with over 300 steps awaits you to reach the Clock Tower, still working and characterized by a particular 6-hour face and the characteristic ringing every quarter of hour. If you visit it at the right time, you will hear the tolls ring outside and resonate inside. The effort to reach the tower will be rewarded by the landscape above the town, truly breathtaking. Visits are allowed on holidays and days before public holidays and the ticket that includes the Manfrediana Fortress and the Ugonia Museum is free if you have the Romagna Visit Card.

San Michele Tower | Cervia

In the historic centre of Cervia the San Michele Tower stands out since 1691, when it was built to defend the city from Turks and Saracens. With a square shape and a height of 22.5 mt, the tower was a real fortress, always defending the city and the salt, white gold of the town. Today it houses the tourist information office and the panoramic room on the top floor is accessible only for exhibitions or special events.

Oriolo dei fichi Tower | Faenza

The tower is what remains of the ancient fortified tower belonged to the Manfredi family in the fifteenth century. On the sixth floor of this 17 mt high tower, with irregular hexagonal shape, you will find a large terrace with a turret from which you can enjoy a beautiful view thata goes from the Apennines to the Romagna Riviera, including Faenza, Forlì, Bertinoro and Ravenna. You can visit it from March to November on Saturday and Sunday.

Brisighella, Torre dell'Orologio, Ph. Nbisi

Brisighella, Clock Tower | Ph. Nbisi

Discover EmiliaRomagna from above – Forlì-Cesena

Bell tower of the San Mercuriale Abbey | Forlì

Among the tallest bell towers of Italy, thanks to its more than 70 meters, the bell tower is placed on the right side of the San Mercuriale Abbey, gradually shrinking towards the summit. At the time of its construction (1178-1180), it was considered one of the most admirable wonders of the Kingdom of Italy, becoming the archetype of the bell tower par excellence, inspiring many others including the San Marco bell tower in Venice.
To climb to the top – 270 steps in total – you will have to wait for some celebrations like Christmas, Easter, the Feast of the Madonna del Fuoco (February 4th) and the Feast of San Mercuriale (October 26th).

Discover EmiliaRomagna from above – Rimini

Civic Tower | San Leo

The bell tower built around the 12th century directly above the rock is an emblematic example of the Romanesque style. It is located just behind the Cathedral of San Leone and only after its construction has been transformed into the bell tower of the church.
From its top you can dominate the village and the surrounding valley; the landscape that can be admired is really evocative, but that it is open to the public only during some holidays and events.

San Leo (Rimini)

San Leo (Rimini) | Photo ©hotelmonica

Since the list is the result of our research and may not be exhaustive, if you know or have visited other places from where we can discover Emilia Romagna from above, we invite you to signal them with a comment (preferably accompanied by a photo…). Thank you!


Elisa Mazzini

Social Media Manager for @inEmiliaRomagna and full-time mom.

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