Bologna, Italy (II)

1999 – The town center of Bologna, Italy, seen from the Garisenda Tower, with the omnipresent red roofs of the surrounding houses. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

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!

One of the visual treats are ceratinly the red roofs surrounding the tower. But 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.

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 Dimensions6246 x 3721 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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