|the bell tower hides a medieval tower within|
Its stout 17th century walls hide another, medieval tower invisible to the outside world.
|entrance to medieval town center across a moat bridge|
|1700s tower decorated with a ceramic clock|
How did it happen? It seems that the original tower was enclosed by the "modern" one when the town's defenses were updated in the 1700s.
It was easier to enclose the existing one than to destroy it then rebuild.
|sign on the tower entrance|
|Santa Maria dei Lumi -also open during festivities|
|view over Tiber valley from Bassano in Teverina|
The hamlet suffered from bombing during the last world war and over several decades restoration has taken place to transform the castle ruins into an apartment building housing about 30 families.
|economic council apartments have risen from castle ruins|
|view with swimming pool|
In the 18th century large palazzi were built in the newer part of the town and today they contain holiday apartments, a restaurant and even a swimming pool hidden behind high walls.
|holiday apartments in an ancient palazzo|
|another private pool lies behind these walls|
| Bassano in Teverina from the double tower|
|Chia medieval tower and residential complex|
|Pasolini's tower located near Soriano nel Cimino and Bassano in Teverina|
This is Pasolini's tower , once the hideaway of famed Italian poet and film director, Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Years ago, when the construction of the modern complex was still under way, the builders let me look around. The modern living quarters built beneath the tower resembled a ranch house and contained five ensuite bedrooms for guests.
The complex is private property and officially not visitable, but it seems that a cultural association is planning a Literary Park in the area along the banks of the stream once used as a film set by Pasolino.
There is such a wealth of interesting sites and possibilities for tourism in the area of Tuscia/Etruria yet many remain forgotten and abandoned. What special places have you discovered? What condition are they in ?
Your ideas and comments will help to boost cultural awareness which in turn can help promote sustainable tourism and protect our area's minor monuments.
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