Vezzano Ligure’s Pentagonal Tower
From the top of the hill where the ancient settlement of Vezzano inferiore is located, the Pentagonal Tower rises above the rooftops and the tall trees of the nearby courtyard. This impressive architectural structure once protected the majestic castle, to which it was connected by a seven-meter-high wooden bridge. This structure dates back to the Twelfth century when, thanks to its height of 15 solid meters, it offered a 360 degree view of the surrounding territory, lending its most resistant facet to the area that needed to be monitored and defended.
This is all that is left of the ancient fortifications, that managed to remain intact until the eighteenth century. Today, it overlooks the Palazzo Giustiniani and its gardens that grow at the feet of what remains of the city walls and circular tower.
The charm of the pentagonal tower – similar to the nearby Arcola Tower – stands unscathed and its arrow loops and 7 meter high gate can be admired from the underlying square.
Its defensive function had been carefully calculated even thanks to a series of special architectural features that allowed access inside the tower thanks to a retractable ladder equipped with wooden rungs, thus assuring the impregnability of the fortification.
Once inside, it was possible to reach the tower’s numerous levels leading to the summit’s bird’s eye-view that extended over the Magra river’s course through the valley, up to the snowy peaks of the Apennine Mountains on one side, and the blue crystal clear sea of the Gulf of Poets on the other.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana