The Lantieri Tower
27 July 2016
The Lantieri tower is located in the heart of the town of Paratico, itself located within the famous Franciacorta area, world known for its exquisite wines and beautiful countryside which overlooks the south-east bank of the Iseo Lake.
The tower was built by the Lantieri family during the 14th century and, along with other fortified residential structures, is surrounded by a defensive wall. It’s construction seems to be linked to Giacomo Lanfranchino who purposely sought to expand the fortification structure of the town. It is structurally very well preserved and clearly shows it’s medieval architecture.
Externally, covered by local sandstone, to appears to be harsh, and rendered pleasant only by a few curved windows. It contains four floors and is built on top of a rocky outcrop in order to increase its defensive function.
The main entrance was located on the ground floor of the northern wall, made of a very valuable portal marked with the family’s stem. On the ground floor, covered by an arched stone ceiling, during the medieval era served as a canteen and deposit. The access to the superior level was possible only through a trap door located in the ceiling, while externally, through a wooden staircase, later rebuilt in monolithic stone. The tower, for a long period inhabited, is today property of the town hall.
Following an important conservative restoration commissioned by Paratico’s municipality and concluded in 2009, a quadrisphere, was positioned on the ground floor. Three examples of these Italian innovative installation exist, one of which is located in Rome’s CNR (Centro Nazionale della Ricerca). In entering, the visitor finds himself in an obscured room, and once the quardisphere is lit, he literally catapulted into a new world made of images, mirrors, lights, colors and sounds. It is difficult to translate these effects into words.
We invite you to try this unforgettable experience for yourself.