Rio Marina Tower

Appiani Tower from 1534 in Rio Marina

Tower of Rio Marina, historical name Torre degli Appiani is municipal property and was built in 1534. The tower is located at the entrance to the town’s port. Rio Marina owes its birth and its history to seafaring and iron, Rio is already spoken of in medieval Pisan and Genoese documents together with the towns of Capoliveri, Ferraia, Grassula, later destroyed by the pirate Barbarossa, Campo and Marciana.

Guarding the iron

Jacopo V of Aragon Appiani prince of Piombino in 1534 tried to fortify the port of the Rio Navy, having a tower built to guard the iron vein warehouse, which dominated the entire territory from above and was part of that sighting and defense system of the island. The Tower, which stands on the town’s beach, rises to a height of 30 metres, on an octagonal plan. In 1882 to celebrate the birth of the Municipality of Rio the ‘tower’ with the clock was built on the top of the manufactured structure, and the tower was plastered and painted.

How to reach the Tower von Rio Marina

The Tower is located on the town beach, next to the pier of the marina,
It is not possible to visit the inside of the tower.