“Bolognese Vertigo” : Italy, 24th March 2011
Pisa isn’t the only Italian town to have a tower that’s leaning: there’s quite a few, actually.
The Asinelli tower in Bologna is a staggering ninety-seven metres tall, and at the top, from where this vomit-inducing photo was taken, it’s a couple of metres out of whack, which doesn’t do a lot for your sense of well-being.
Add to this the fact that the tower is eight hundred years old, and the only way to get to the top is by flights of rickety dodgy-looking wooden stairs, and you’re in for an uncomfortable time.
I always head straight for elevated look-outs such as this, even though I’m afraid of heights – there’s a certain masochistic thrill to be had a hundred metres up with only some puny crumbling masonry between you and oblivion.
But what a view, clearly showing why the city is often called Red Bologna (aside from its famous left-wing political stance).
See a larger version of this photo here.