Ricetto of Candelo – Candelo, Italy - Atlas Obscura
THE GASTRO OBSCURA BOOK An eye-opening journey through the history, culture, and places of the culinary world. Just released! The Gastro Obscura book is here! Order Now

Ricetto of Candelo

Candelo, Italy

A perfectly preserved example of a fortified Medieval ricetto. 


During the Middle Ages, a ricetto was a common structure found in Italian villages. It’s deemed a fortified area used to store agricultural products, livestock, and working tools but was also often utilized as a fort for protection.

The ricetto of Candelo, in Piedmont, is the best-preserved example of such a structure. Dating to the late Medieval period, the area is crossed by narrow roads that run between tightly packed buildings. It’s almost completely surrounded by its original walls, with only a small opening made during the 19th-century. The walls also feature two towers, one was once used as an access point to the ricetto before part of the walls were demolished, while the other served as the local lord’s residents.

Contrary to other similar structures, the buildings inside the ricetto of Candelo were not used as dwellings but only as storage areas, with some of them still retaining this use to this day. Similar buildings are now used for tourism and museum exhibitions. The area was also featured in various Italian movies and series.

Community Contributors
Added By

Make an Edit Add Photos
Want to see fewer ads? Become a Member.
From Around the Web