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Vaglio, the Village of Redde

Rediscovering a forgotten medieval village!

Svizzera, Cantone Ticino, CAPRIASCA

Positioning

COORDINATES
(CH 1903) E   717815 N   101200 H   610.0
(WGS 84) Long.   8.961 Lat.   46.052
GENERAL EVALUATION
DIFFICULTY E-T2/T3
INTERESSE CONTESTUALE Archaeological, Historical, Architectural
Landscape
ARCHAEOSITE   settlement

DESCRIPTION

The lists compiled by the City of Como in 1335 record the medieval village of Redde, lying in the woods of Vaglio, as a rural municipality with its own system of weights and measures. The village was subsequently abandoned, although the precise date is not known. The houses and the connecting roads to other Capriasca towns are no longer easily discernible, but their existence is evoked by Redde la Torre, built in one single phase and probably enclosed by a protective wall, and also by the Church of San Clemente, first mentioned as early as the thirteenth century, and which consists of a small rectangular chamber with bell tower and hermitage.

INSIGHT

Official records from the year 1310 record the medieval Redde Tower as owned by the powerful Rusca family from Como, who controlled the strategic points along the Bellinzona Road and the Alpine Passes. The structure is rectangular in shape, with one single entrance on the east wall. The later addition of ceiling beams in order to create a room made it necessary to create an opening and an external entrance staircase leading to the upper floor. The protective wall that probably existed, marking the boundary of the level area of ground, extended northward from the tower. Three residential structures around the building can also be seen. The surface excavations conducted have not uncovered archaeological finds of any value in terms of developing the understanding of the site.

scala temporale periodi geologici

HOW TO REACH THE SITE

By bus: from Lugano Station, take the Tesserete bus and get off at Vaglio, Piccolo Vaglio; walk to Via San Clemente (5 minutes). By car: take the Lugano – Capriasca road; park in Vaglio town centre; walk along Strada Cantonale toward Origlio and turn left onto Via San Clemente (approximately 20 minutes). The site is always open and free of charge.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE VISIT

TO LEARN MORE

AA.VV. Guida d’arte della Svizzera Italiana, Bellinzona, 2007

http://www.reddevive.ch/

http://www.ticino.ch/it/commons/details/Torre-di-Redde/4683.html?listIndex=680¤tPage=35&backlink=39872c6e-e6c9-42d0-b02e-96076c2f1577

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Programma di cooperazione transfrontaliera Italia - Svizzera 2007 - 2013 Progetto cofinanziato dal Fondo Europeo Sviluppo Regionale (FESR)
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