Chianchetelle: the Watchtower

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HISTORICAL NOTES

Historical notes

Chianchetelle, a small outlying suburb hamlet of Chianche, stands on a steep rock dominating the surrounding valley.

The Tower was built to monitor and control access to an important route through a valley. Over the succeeding centuries, ownership of the castle passed from hand to hand - Ugone Scillato (1400), Francesco de Tocco (1456), Giovanni Filippo Ripa (1712) and Giovanni Salerno (1743) who was the last landlord of Chianchetelle.

The Tower was used for surveying the surrounding area, looking for foreign elements in the landscape such as enemies.

Its main purpose was to provide a high, safe place from which a sentinel could observe the surrounding area. The Tower is only two stories high, has a quadrangular layout and some vaulted windows.

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