The Witch Tower
To see the stars in Maranello you must to go to the “Torre della Strega” (The Witch’s Tower): a seven-meter high ruin, located in Fogliano, around which legends have flourished, lost in time, which have passed on its name. A particular, almost eerie name.
Yet, witches and evil spirits have nothing to do with its history. Due to its location, the Torre della Strega was probably an ancient watchtower and defense tower, an integral part of the fortified system that included the castles of Maranello, Spezzano, and Montegibbio. Built around the 13th century, the Torre della Strega had three floors and a viable covering. Its walls, about a meter thick, were erected with river cobblestones and crude stone blocks, held together by abundant layers of mortar.
Among the legends that animate the site, popular tradition narrates that the Tower was home to clashes between Fogliano and Santo Stefano, and between Fogliano and Nirano. It is believed that during one of these clashes the inhabitants of Nirano had stolen a water bucket from those of Fogliano, just as the inhabitants of Modena had once stolen the famous “Secchia” (bucket) from those of Bologna during the battle of Zappolino.
Recently, the ruins have been safely restored and the area around them has been properly organized, in order to make it accessible. Today, the magic that surrounds the Tower is that of the stars and planets. In fact, the Planetarium of Modena has identified the site as the best place to observe the sky, supplying it with two circular platforms with optical instruments.
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