Work begins to save Bologna's 'leaning tower'

STORY: There are fears this iconic landmark could collapse

The area around it has been sealed off and construction work started

[Paola / Bologna resident]

''The tower is a symbol of Bologna, and if it were to fall, it would be a real shame because we would lose one of the city's most important monuments."

The Garisenda tower was built in the 12th century

The 'leaning tower' draws tourists from around the globe

The city says its at risk of collapse due to deterioration at its base

[Stefano / Bologna resident]

''This is a shame, because the towers were a symbol of wealth and importance for the families who lived there. There are only two left, and if this one collapses too, it would be one tower less. Only one of only two would remain.''