The tower took 18 months to build, although Mr Scaturchio worked on it only sporadically, as a hobby project in his warehouse.

A builder by trade, Scaturchio constructed the tower using recycled wood and aluminium.

The tower is 6.7 metres tall and 3 metres in diameter, and can be assembled piece-by-piece via an interior mechanism which requires “no scaffolding, no crane, no nothing”.

It was a definite hit at the Italian Festival, which took place over the weekend, with Scaturchio saying that festivalgoers “didn’t expect it”.

Scaturchio was first asked to build for the Italian Festival in 2015, when he produced an astounding Trevi Fountain replica, complete with a charity element: coins can be tossed over the shoulder into the fountain in the traditional Roman way.

The fountain is a wishing well, with visitors taking the opportunity to wish for true love, or another visit to the Eternal City.

This year, Scaturchio brought back the fountain of Trevi to Darwin’s Civic Park on Thursday, and on Saturday, he mounted his tower for the very first time.

The tower cost Scaturchio $11,000 in material, plus many hours in labour, but it was quick to put up.

“It only took us three hours,” he said.

Funds collected from the fountain will go to the Black Dog Institute, a not-for-profit facility for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Scaturchio has previously helped raised funds for the foundation after his friend’s daughter was sadly lost to suicide.

Scaturchio assisted in a charity bike ride which ran all the way from Adelaide to Darwin.

When asked if he rode a bike during the event, he responded with a laugh: “Well no, I’m 79 years old ... But I was in the support crew.”

Scaturchio built the boards with flashing lights for the cars, and drove alongside the riders, whose journey took the best part of six weeks.

Scaturchio is used to travel, however, having arrived from Calabria in 1956 when he was 15 years old.

He went on to launch a building company responsible for many structures in the Northern Territory, including Pine Creek Town Hall, Roper River hospital, Casuarina Village, Parap Railway Station and Darwin's St Vincent de Paul.

He also travelled a lot for his work, from the Gulf of Carpentaria to Darwin and back and forth.

“Every day I was working in the bush up and down,” he said.

Scaturchio returned to Italy only once, decades after his arrival.

“I stayed two weeks and then I came back,” he laughed.

“I’ve been here ever since ... I’ve got eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren around the place, some in NSW, some in WA, some in QLD.”

Scaturchio’s roots are strong, and he is well known among the Darwin Italian community, which he estimates consists of around 2000 people.

Scaturchio emphasised that he designed and built this year’s Leaning Tower of Pisa without outside help.

“I designed it, and I built it on my own ... I welded it and cut it,” he said.

Scaturchio doesn’t know yet if he’ll build something else for the next Darwin Italian Festival, which is biennial.

But it’s certainly possible, as building for Scaturchio is now a hobby after a long career.

“I don’t know if I’ll build something else ... I just start when I start,” he concluded.