Torre Civica

Torre Civica (Municipal Tower) was built in the 12th century and originally called “of butchers”, due to the butchers’ shops that used to stand along the bridge Ponte Marino which crossed River Padenna, the main channel flowing within the medieval walls of Ravenna. At the end of the 13th century, all noble towers and fortilices were demolished by order of the papal rector, who wanted to establish his power over the city. Torre Civica was the only tower escaping demolition, because it had previously become property of the city. The 39-metre tower was used for centuries as a watchtower and occupied by a guard who would ring a bell in case of alarm, fire or flooding.