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Torre di Oriolo



Municipalities: Municipalities:Faenza

Address: Via Oriolo, 5

Tourist offices: I.A.T. Faenza

Description: The tower was recently restored outlining the beauty of the fifteenth-century wall in face bricks with a beautiful string course curb in “spungone” stone. The current construction dates back to 1476, the year of the reconstruction of the small fortress carried out by the Manfredi’s, the noble family of Faenza. Tradition has that it was Giuliano from Maiano, the Manfredi’s trusted architect (sent to Faenza by the Medici in the spheres of a complex diplomatic and cultural relationship between the two families) and who were in Faenza during those years; Da Maiano’s name has, though, always been mentioned without any real proof and only as a result of indirect suppositions and for sentimental and historical reasons. Inside we find five floors; the first two are basements while the remaining three are joined up by a wonderful winding staircase made in sandstone, and which is still perfectly preserved.

 

Directions: The Tower is normally open at weekends during the high season and on special events (festivals, fairs, cultural events). To reach the Tower from Faenza take the road to Santa Lucia and then after about 3 km turn left into Via Mamante, and proceed until coming across the junction on the right with Via Salita di Oriolo that leads directly to the Tower.



Last updated: 6/11/2013