Tower of Little Mill/ Monkey Tower (Torre dei Frangipane/ Scimmia/ Moletta)

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This tower was also named Torre della Moletta (Tower of little Mill) because of a water mill existed here in the Middle Ages, which used the Acqua Mariana, which came from the Porta Metronia through the Circus Maximus in direction of Tiber. The tower made part of the system of fortifications of the powerful medieval Frangipane family, which possessed other fortresses built on the base of ancient arches and monuments.

Frangipane fortress - on the edge of the Palatine near the other end of the Circus Max Tower of Little Mill/ Monkey Tower (Torre dei Frangipane/ Scimmia/ Moletta)
The Frangipane family occupied the Colosseum for a while and had a small tower at one end of the Circus Maximus -- now called Torre dei Frangipane. In 1223 the Torre dei Frangipani had as a guest St Francis of Assisi, during his last visit in Rome. It's unlikely, however that this was the Torre dei Frangipane where Francis of Assisi lived during his last visit to Rome in 1223. More likely he stayed at the Frangipane fortress, the ruins of which are on the edge of the Palatine near the other end of the Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo).

Another Frangipani tower, now known as the Torre di Scimmia (Monkey Tower, after an odd legend) marks another corner of the Frangipani huge temporary Roman hegemony. On the top of which the owners of the building placed a lamp before a statue of the Holy Virgin as a vote of thanks for the saving of their baby taken up there by a monkey (17th century). It's on the other side of the Capitoline Hill about 300 meters north of the Tetra Marcello, which was also in Frangipani hands for a while.

Address:
Tower of Little Mill/ Monkey Tower (Torre dei Frangipane/ Scimmia/ Moletta)
Via Frangipane
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo - S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
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