Bramafam Tower

Aosta, Italy

Bramafam Tower stands at the corner of Via Bramafam and Viale G. Carducci, along the southern side of the Roman walls. Its official name is Bramafam Castle, but it is commonly referred to as the Tower.

It has a circular rampart, with the Roman walls still visible at its base, and part of the tower which flanked Porta Principalis Dextera, on which it was constructed in around the 12-13th centuries. It belonged to the family of the Viscounts of Aosta, who controlled the entire south-western side of the walls. After receiving the fiefdom of the Challant valley in 1295, they also took its name and became the most important noble family in Val d’Aosta. The fortified house that was their seat, was later moved to the Count of Savoy. Over the subsequent centuries it underwent various other property changes, and lost its representative and administrative importance.It was apparently abandoned in the 16th century.

To explain the origin of the tower’s name, which is still unknown, a legend says that, out of jealousy, the wife of one of the Challants was imprisoned there and left to die of hunger.

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Via Bramafam 1, Aosta, Italy
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Ermanno Colloca (2 years ago)
Nel corso dei secoli la torre-castello è appartenuta ai signori Challant e ad un conte di Savoia per poi perdere d’importanza ed essere abbandonata intorno al XVI secolo. Non è visitabile, si vede passandoci accanto dalla strada, è un peccato perché è evidentemente abbandonata da ogni tipo di cura da decenni
Andrea Mologni (2 years ago)
Bellissima fortezza realizzata sulla porta della città romana. Peccato che sia chiusa ed in evidente stato di abbandono
Ilario Bonomi (2 years ago)
Preziosa testimonianza storica, superstite della cinta originaria della Augusta Pretoria romana, la torre attualmente sembra del tutto abbandonata, nonostante le sue imponenti dimensioni e l'apparente buono stato di conservazione, e quindi è ben poco conosciuta al pubblico turistico Meriterebbe l'apertura all'accesso (come tutte le altre torri superstiti...non solo una o due volte all'anno, ma regolarmente) e una valorizzazione migliori.
Andrea Cammarata (2 years ago)
Torre rotonda con muraglione, non visitabile
Sergio Saved (3 years ago)
Percorrendo il perimetro meridionale delle mura romane, all’angolo tra via Bramafam e viale G. Carducci, sorge la torre che ha pianta circolare ed il cui nome deriva forse da una grave carestia subita dalla città secoli orsono: sotto di essa la popolazione si riuniva reclamando la concessione di cibo. Nel corso dei secoli la torre-castello è appartenuta ai signori Challant e ad un conte di Savoia per poi perdere d’importanza ed essere abbandonata intorno al XVI secolo. Se passate in zona dateci un’occhiata all’esterno (non è visitabile)
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