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Tor Boacciana, Rome

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  • Recently restored, but only visible with scheduled visits with associations. A visit to do whenever possible, a Pearl in the middle of nowhere just a few steps from the excavations of Ostia Antica
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  • You see it heading towards Ostia from Rome crossing the ponte della Scafa and dominate you sounds from his position. The Roman tower, originally a watchtower, is located in territory of Ostia, near the ponte della Scafa, in order to guard the mouth of the Tiber. The current appearance is from the medieval period, but were found a few bricks stamped that suggest it was built on the base of a lighthouse dating back to Trajan (late 2nd century a.d.). It is likely that the name "Boacciana" derives from that of the Roman family of the Bobazani, rich Lords of the area. Tor Boacciana was used over the centuries as a beacon, Watchtower on the River, place of duty, a shelter for wayfarers, and in recent times by local shepherds as a stable and host family, long seat of Papal customs and place of payment of the gabelle.
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  • A beautiful and ancient Watch Tower, on a branch of the River Tiber. The medieval tower was built on the ruins of a more ancient lighthouse. Over the centuries, as well as Watchtower, to defend the mouth of the River Tiber, was used as a Customs House, Lighthouse, a shelter for hikers, shepherds and flocks. It was restored several times, until 1568, when it lost its purpose, as further downstream, was built another beautiful and impressive Tower. (San Michele Tower, designed by Michelangelo, which is well worth a visit). It is likely that Tor Boacciana, takes its name from the ancient Roman family of the Bobazani, as it was part of a castle owned by them. Unfortunately, the tower is visible only from outside, as it is closed to the public. Certainly deserves to be preserved, enhanced and brought to the attention of the public. I attach photo
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  • Tor Boacciana (sec. XII ) - Presidio of sighting and papal customs on the left branch of the Tiber, near the mouth, was restored by Pope Martin V - Oddone Colonna, former Bishop of Ostia, in the 15th century.
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