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Ricetto di Candelo, Candelo

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Ricetto di Candelo represented for the medieval citizens of Piedmont a place to store grain, wine, and even themselves in the event of attack. The local feudal lords never intended it as regular housing. Two hundred cells take up 13,000 sq m (140,000 sq ft). The historical records first mention this structure more than a millennium ago. Visitors get drawn into the past because of how well preserved this site is. Try the antipasti at the restaurant inside. Make Ricetto di Candelo a part of your Candelo vacation plans using our Candelo travel itinerary maker.
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  • Within the city of Candelo is a small medieval village truly distinctive. The ricetto is usually a fortified structure protected within a country where accumulated goods (forages, wines and food) of the local Lord or population and where, occasionally, he withdrew the population itself in case of attack from the outside. That is definitely one of the most preserved of Candelo of this type of medieval structure present in several places in Piedmont and in parts of Central Europe. Like other ricetti, Candelo is not never been intended to use permanent habitation. Climbing the Eastern wall you can enjoy a panoramic view over the plain of Biella and the area of the Biellese prealps. The refuge consists of about two hundred buildings called cells and measures approximately 110 meters wide by 120 meters long. Its construction seems to have begun in the year 1000 and its ancient name was Canderium. Fun fact: according to an old local legend, whose veracity has not been historically attested, near the southwest corner tower is dug out a time tunnel that led by the river Cervo ... is it true ...?!
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  • Late medieval fortified hamlet dating back to the XIII-XIV century that is located at 15 km from Biella and that is part of the Club of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The Ricetto was a fortified structure, protected by a wall with watchtowers, which was realized within the country for separate to the accumulation of what is necessary to the life of the population (food, wine, etc.) and in which the same you would have taken refuge in case of enemy attack. Actually, we found it by chance, reading road signs, and we were amazed by its uniqueness, its perfect condition: past the gateway, the pebble walking down the streets of the village to discover its numerous buildings (about 200), accomplice in the evening and have found all the shops shut, really gave the impression that he has made a leap forward in time. Absolutely loved it and having seen many other villages throughout Italy, I would really recommend the visit!!
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  • Beautiful medieval village not consuming the ideal day to spend a Sunday afternoon
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  • Fairytale, a walk through the rue (ways of the ricetto) will call at peace with the world. Within the ricetto held many activities and events, there is also some great little restaurant
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  • Pro loco territorial and common fans that this place is one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Many artisans, restaurants and bars are creating yet another reason to attend the village
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  • A place to enjoy the medieval atmosphere, Picturing the everyday lives of ordinary people. During the week you can enjoy the silence but lacks a bit of animation involving the visitor.
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  • Great setting, quaint and well maintained. This shelter hosts theme parties throughout the year: note those of wine, beer and flowers ... craft of all kinds especially local. Not to be missed
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  • It is a place to turn back time, home to many events related to the territory of Candelo and more. To see!
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