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Villarbasse's Tower was built in the second half of the XIIIth century - certainly before 1277 - as historical documents testify. The period of construction can be dated through materials too: rough local stone disposed both at random and following a herringbone pattern.


At first the tower was 12.5 meters high and had Guelph battlements. The Torrione was, and still is, surrounded by a moat. The access to the tower was assured by a wooden drawbridge sustained by two pillars on which the present brick bridge has been built.

immagine del torrione , vista da ovest


disegno del vecchio ponte in legno

The tower was built for defensive purposes: in case of need it could host the villagers..

immagine dell'attuale ponte in muratura




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