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WWWWWWTHE GLAMOR OF THE PAST STILL SHINES IN BOLOGNA
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The 13th Century in 3D
Just imagine to walk through Bologna’s streets 800 years ago, at the time of the heated rivalries among families who, because of this, had built a host of very high and powerful towers (a kind of 13th century Manhattan ..).
As you do so, you can also admire the houses, the buildings and the famous porticoes (arcades) that have made our city famous in the eyes of the whole world.

This innovative way to experience the daily life of a Mediaeval town is made possible by our 3D map, that thanks to accurate historical research faithfully reproduces the look of Mediaeval Bologna, that you can walk down in first person, with no danger of being hit by some passing cart…

The map shown below is the result of long and accurate historical, architectural and toponymic research, paying the utmost attention to the sources available in order to reproduce the look of the city during the Middle Ages as faithfully as possible, to bring its enchantment back to life, by also complementing it also with the present GPS maps, to reconstruct the structure of its original toponyms.

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this with the highest preciseness, avoiding to stick to the collective imagination of the Middle Ages a little distorted by films.
We have reconstructed the urban landscape with its materials and building finishes characterized by plainness, as they were at the time, without failing to notice captivating and surprising images.

The 100 Towers of Mediaeval Bologna
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Although we will never know for sure, scholars agree that in Bologna at the end of the 13th century there were about one hundred towers, the vast majority of which were tower-houses, about twenty meters high, owned by the rich and quarrelsome families of the time.
The precise locations of over half of these is known. They are reported on Bologna’s maps of that time, like the one reproduced here and showing the very heart of the town, a work by Angelo Finelli, one of the most active scholars of the early 20th century.
His undisputed merits have not been affected despite his pursuing some methodology errors committed by Giovanni Gozzadini that made him to believe that the towers were some 200, while today scholars agree on half at the most.



CLICK ON THE MAP ON THE SIDE TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT EXISTING TOWERS AND WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED



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