In Umbria, until a few decades ago, much of the population was employed in the agricultural sector and forms of sharecropping were still widely in force. The house in question is a document of a model of life now no longer present, one of the buildings that the landowners of the farms gave usufruct to their settlers along with the land to be cultivated. These forms of contract were lost, leaving abandoned farmhouses as a testimony, with an intrinsic socio - architectural value of customs reminiscent of the past. The "Torricella" (so named for the characteristic cylindrical shape of one of the bodies that compose it), which dates back to the late nineteenth century, dominates the valley and raise on the view of those who travel the Amerina Road. In the last sixty years the territory surrounding the building has changed profoundly: the mosaic of the Umbrian countryside has been progressively replaced by the buildings in the industrial area of Fornaci, now partly abandoned.
Calisi, D. (2019). An unused type: the housing of Mezzadri in agriculture. In Small towns…from problem to resource. Sustainable strategies for the valorization of building, landscape and cultural heritage in inland areas. Ed. FrancoAngeli ITALY (on-line and open access).