Masio is documented as a «castrum» since 961, in other words before the period compared with the dating of the «incastellamento» processes. Although it is impossible to establish a relation between this building (which historiography describes as small fortified village) and the tower, we can observe that the importance of Masio implied by the untimely mention consists in its position. The village and its surrounding, in fact, were placed in the area of a branch of the «via Francigena», the way developed on the layout of the Roman «via Fulvia» which connected Central Italy to the Susa Valley and the Alps passing through Piacenza and Asti. The importance of this way, suggested by the itinerary done by the st. Dalmas' relics to reach Quargnento from Pedona, during the 12th-13th centuries would have aroused the interest of the Commune of Asti for the village of Masio.
floor 1: A history of the landscape
floor 2: The tower and the territory
floor 3: How a tower is built
floor 4: How a tower can be defended
floor 5: How a tower was demolished
floor 6: The tower and the river in recent times
floor 7: The river and the landscape