The Hamlet of Pizzighettone
Located in the Val Padana and gracefully set along the Adda River, the small hamlet of Pizzighettone still stands in much of its original Medieval splendour. Back in its heyday, it was a vital stronghold and refuge which grew and developed under its various rulers over the centuries: the lordships of Cremona, the Visconti and Sforza families of Milan, the Spanish, the French, the Venetians, the Hapsburgs, the Bourbons, the Savoy and, last but not least, Napoleon. Just to name a few.
What makes Pizzighettone and the village of Gera unique (but we’ll get to Gera in a bit) is that their ancient walls and fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages are still intact and in their original form.
One example is what is known as the Cerchia Muraria which is a circle of fortified walls and the most well-preserved in all of Northern Italy. It is a rare example of a military fortification built during the Middle Ages and was continuously updated and improved between the 16th-19th centuries.
If look you around the historic downtown (although it would be pretty hard to miss!) you will see the Torre del Guado which stands as the official landmark of Pizzighettone.
The tower was born as a defensive stronghold and even served as a prison when Francesco of Valois was imprisoned there in 1525. It is also interesting to note that the tower and the city walls remained on “active duty” until 1867 even after the unification of Italy.
On the other side of the Adda River is the tiny village of Gera. Just like Pizzighettone, Gera still stands in much of its original glory.
The bell tower of the Church of San Rocco is still in place and just beyond the bridge lies the heart and old soul of the village: the houses of the borgo.
Just as the Torre del Guado is to Pizzighettone, Gera also has its landmarks to boast: The Parish Church of San Bassiano which dates back to the 12th century and the town hall which dates back to the 15th century.
As an extra interesting note and another example of the tenacity of Pizzighettone and its surrounding area, in 2014 the Piccolo Dizionario del Pizzighettonese was created as a way of preserving and safeguarding the local dialect; pizzighettonese.
Thanks to the efforts of its creators and members of an online community, not only are the buildings of the area still holding fast, but the locals intend protect their culture just as relentlessly.Any suggestions?
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