Candelo. Medieval Ricetto



The Ricetto di Candelo is a late-medieval (13th - 14th century) fortified structure built by the local farming community, without any feudal intervention, which was intended to provide stable protection for the community's most precious possessions, namely the produce of the land, primarily grain and wine. Only in extreme cases of danger, and for a short time, did the population also take refuge there. With a pseudo-pentagonal ground plan, it is surrounded by defensive walls built of stream pebbles, at the corners four round towers ensured defence and, halfway along the north side, a square curtain tower. The secret of the monument's splendid state of preservation and the fact that it can be considered a 'unicum' of its kind, lies in the totally peasant use that was made of it until very recently and to some extent still today.


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