From its medieval town center to its legendary culinary scene, Bologna is one of Italy’s most beloved cities. Explore the city by bike, join a local guide for a food-themed tour, or get outside the city to learn about the regional tradition of luxury cars on a racetrack during a visit.
Prendiparte Tower (Torre Prendiparte)
Piazzetta Prendiparte, Bologna, 40126
The 12-story Torre Prendiparte, also known as Torre Corona, was built in the 12th century by the Prendiparte family and is second in height only to Asinelli Tower, one of the city’s famously listing Two Towers (Due Torri). The rooms on the third, fourth, and fifth floors were once used as prison cells; you can still make out inscriptions and graffiti left by former prisoners on the walls. Your long climb up to the rooftop terrace is rewarded with one of the best scenic overlooks in Bologna, but be sure to purchase tickets in advance to avoid the line that can form at the entrance.
Things to Know Before You Go
Kids love the thrilling perch on the top of the tower, where there is a high parapet lining the observation terrace.
There is no covering on the rooftop platform, so dress for the weather.
Bring your camera to capture the sweeping views over the rooftops of Bologna.
The rooftop is only accessible via stairs, so the tower is not wheelchair-accessible.
Torre Prendiparte now houses a B&B, but the historic prison cells and rooftop can be accessed by the public.
How to Get There
Torre Prendiparte stands over Piazzetta Prendiparte in the heart of Bologna’s historic center, a short walk from Piazza Maggiore and the Bologna Centrale train station.
When to Get There
The best light for photographing Bologna’s rooftops from the top of Prendiparte Tower is in the early morning or late afternoon. The rooftop scenic overlook is not covered, so visit on a clear day.
The Two Towers
The most famous of Bologna’s historic towers are the Two Towers, a symbol of the city with their whimsical tilts. The taller Asinelli Tower also has a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views over the city and surrounding countryside.
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