Bologna, Italy

1999 – The town center of Bologna, Italy, seen from the Garisenda Tower, with the prominent buildings of the Basilica San Petronio (top right) and the Oratorio dei Battuti. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

While I am afraid of heights, but in 1999 I managed to climb the Garisenda Tower in Bologna, Italy. It’s the larger tower of the historic twin towers that are located in the town center. The narrow inner stairs were old but sturdy, and it was really busy. Groups of tourists were walking up and coming down, and it was quite an effort, so we had to pause and adjust now and then. But once you are at the top you will enjoy the awesome views across the city!

Bologna is called the “Red City” (or just “La Rossa” in Italian), not just because of the overwhelming color of the roofs – a sea of red, really – when seen from high above, but because it has been governed by the left wing party for ages.

We’ve been several times to Bologna by now, because it’s a beautiful and busy city with a long history and relatively few tourists. As one of the Italian cities in northern Italy with economic power it could preserve its charms as a city for the people, a circumstance that you can feel whereever you go. Sure, there are some tourists, but once you leave the touristic hot spots (like the Garisenda Tower), they just seem to disappear. Which is nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1999
LocationBologna, Italy
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image File FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6233 x 3711 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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