Torre Prendiparte (Prendiparte Tower), Bologna

Torre Prendiparte (Prendiparte Tower), Bologna

The Prendiparte Tower, also known as the Coronata Tower, was erected in the 12th century by the guelph Prendiparte family as a defensive stronghold. Standing tall at 60 meters, it ranks as the second tallest tower in Bologna, trailing only the Asinelli Tower. Interestingly, it was originally intended to be even taller, but for reasons lost to history, its height was reduced.

Thanks to recent restoration efforts, all 12 floors of this historic structure are now fully accessible. Clad in the characteristic red bricks and robust selenite blocks typical of Bolognese architecture, the tower exudes the aura of a medieval fortress. Originally commissioned by the influential Cardinal Paleotti, it saw centuries of contention. Initially serving as an extension of the Archdiocesan Seminary, it later transitioned into use as the Archbishop's prison for offenses against religion or Christian ethics in 1751.

Remnants of the tower's storied past still linger within its walls. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors, once cells, bear reddish inscriptions and graffiti—testaments to the struggles of its former inhabitants, now brought to light through recent renovations. Conversely, the first three floors were converted into living quarters in the late 18th century when the tower fell into the hands of Napoleon's troops. It was during this period that significant alterations, including the addition of large windows, were made to improve its habitability.

Ascending the secure stairs to the pinnacle, visitors are rewarded with access to a spacious terrace. Here, ensconced behind sturdy parapets, one can bask in panoramic vistas of Bologna's rooftops, buildings, hills, and plains. No longer a bastion of defense, the tower has assumed a new role as a guesthouse, hosting events and romantic retreats amidst its historic ambiance.

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Sight Name: Torre Prendiparte (Prendiparte Tower)
Sight Location: Bologna, Italy (See walking tours in Bologna)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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