“Torre di Buccione”, History enshrouds Villa Crespi and Lake Orta
On the 1st of July 2012 this stunning fortress will be the frame of the opening of “Medioevo sul lago d’Orta“, an event that will take place on Lake Orta untill the 6th of July.
This special day dedicated to the tower gives the tourists the possibility to know its interesting past. It overlooks Lake Orta and the medieval village from a hill and it is 23.20 metres high.
Guided tours will be organized all day long and in the late afternoon a medieval music concert will be hosted there.
The tower, simply known as “Torre di Buccione” because of its most evident and eye-catching part, originally was part of a castle and its existence is documented since the beginning of the 13th century.
The Architecture and the History of the Monument
In the past the “Torre di Buccione” played an important role in the complicated defensive sistem of Orta and the inhabitants of the village were warned by a bell in case of danger.
The tower is made up of 4 floors, linked by ladders. The ceiling of the top floor shows a fine stonework cross vault.
On the ground floor there is the actual entry of the tower, while the old one was at a height of 7 metres
On the second and on the third floor there was the garrison and on the fourth one there was a room from where the soldiers defended the tower throwing stones against the enemy
How to reach it:
By car: Autostrada A26 exit at Arona, follow direction Borgomanero – Gozzano and turn right at the sign “Armeno – Mottarone”. You will see the hill on your left.