LE TORRI DI CASTELLONE E IL BORGOVia della Torre, 65, 04023 Formia LT, Italia
Starting from the main one, let’s describe and list the towers that surrounded the ancient village.
Everybody believes that they are only two, but they are actually six. And until the 70’s they were seven.
You can usually find that of the original twelve towers of Castellone, only two remained, one of octagonal shape, the other one called “Clock Tower”, for the presence of an eighteenth-century majolica clock.
Things are different for who was born in Castellone, because they actually count six, of which 5 are destined to residence, one only partially, but always resembling the original towers.
Let’s examine them individually.
Octagonal Tower of Castellone, 25m high, commissioned by Onorato I’Caetani in 1377, with three different layers.
A polygonal roman base, then another republican one and a fortified tower build by the Caetani on the top of the roman citadel. It’s the only non-inhabited one.
Torre “dell’orologio” also known as the Tower of the Spaniards. It has a majolica clock from the 1700s at the top and was the southern entrance to Castellone.
It is partially inhabited in the two lower rounded floors on the west side which, in my opinion, should have supported a similar structure and of equal height to the surviving wall structure equipped with a majolica clock.
Cylindrical tower incorporated into the walls in Via Gradoni del Duomo, almost flanked by the octagonal tower and inhabited.
Cylindrical tower, also in Via Gradoni del Duomo with several floors and inhabited with entrance in Vico della Torre.
Cylindrical tower inhabited in the east-side of the railroad with entrance in Della Torre street.
Circular tower (red coloured roof) with defensive medieval structures and connecting bridge with the indoor castle.
This one too is inhabited and its entrance is located in Della Torre street. The tower goes on for another 3m which you can’t see in the photo.
This is the only part of the perimeter walls that has remained almost identical.
Circular Tower in Rampa Castello street, visible until 1960 when the district decided to tear it down, replacing it with a staircase.
Only its circular base is visible now, and it was inhabited until the 60’s.
Basically, this is the situation of the towers of Castellone, known by everybody who was born and lived in this district.