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"FARNESIANO" DONJON

Via Fontane del Duca
Description
At the end of via Fontane del Duca there is an open space, once enclosed by ancient walls that have been destroyed. The 20 m tall Farnesian Donjon still rises here , as outpost against the enemies.Raised between 1527 and 1535 by Bosio 2nd from Santa Fiora and interrupted at his death, it's a rare example of square plan building, probably meant to be a victual storage. It was completed by Sforza Sforza or by Francesco Sforza. Its made of fire bricks.
Inside it is divided into 5 levels, ther is a square room per floor, with rounded off corners and covered by a segmental vault. It's connected to three octagonal rooms, also covered by a vault, while the fourth one hosts a helicoidal ladder. The tower was connected to the duke's palace by means of two wooden galleries, as shown by the two posterns, which are currenty walled,and may be seen from the outside .
Since the end of 2009, the Farnese Donjon hosts the Arms School  Gens Innominabilis.

Gens Innominabilis is a cultural sporting association founded in Castell'Arquato in 2005 with the aim of reviving the Middle Ages in all its popular and combat forms.
The founders also wished to go beyond the typical reenactment activity by forming a group dedicated to combat in heavy and light armour, following the indications of Flore de’ Liberi, fencing champion from Friuli region of the late 14th century, who became famous for his Flos Duellatorum.

The donjon is now used as gathering area for the school and warehouse for all the equipment used (tents, armous, etc.).
On festive days, when the company is not already performing around Italy or abroad, the donjon is open to the public.
In the near future, the tower should become a dynamic museum where the visitor dives into the Middle Ages by watching armours exhibited or repaired by artisans, by visiting rooms furnished with ancient pieces and experience objects from the everyday life of knights.
This description has been taken from the press release of the association. The editorial offices of Piacenza province are not to be held responsible for any sudden change.
Telephone
+39.0523.803215
Email
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Opening times
Open on public holidays. Advance booking required.
How to get there
Easily accessible, located in the village lower part,car park nearby and small open ground opposite. Visible only from the outside. Not easily accessible to the disabled (cobblestone paving).
Information Office
Last update
Wednesday, 08 March 2017
News and information edited by the Tourist Information Office of the Municipalities of Bobbio, Borgonovo V.T., Castell'Arquato, Piacenza and Vigolzone