Built in ancient times in a strategic position to control the road leading to Lagastrello pass. The current imposing structure (15th century) is a square design with round towers at the corners and a central tower. It's last famous lady of the manor, the beautiful Anna Malaspina, was sent on a diplomatic mission to France to win the heart of Louis XV. The castle is privately owned.
Lusuolo Castle - Mulazzo
A typical example of a Lunigianese village, stretched along a single road and characterised by houses with terraces. The nearly rectangular castle has a courtyard and massive tower that’s still intact. Due to its strategic importance guarding a narrowing of the valley, it was destroyed several times; the latest restoration dates back to the 17th century. Owned by the state, it will be used as a workshop for book restoration.
Verrucola Castle - Fivizzano
Verrucola Castle - Fivizzano The spectacularly sized Verrucola Castle is a treasured example of medieval architecture. Owned by Spinetta Malaspina the Great in the 14th century, it is divided into various units, topped with a square tower and has several rows of walls with access from the village below. In the 15th century, the church abutting the castle, with a beautiful loggia and sandstone arches, was built. The castle is privately owned.
Malgrate Castle - Villafranca in Lunigiana
Due to its ordered components and the small village that seems to integrate it, this fourteenth century castle is one of the most significant of the Val di Magra. It is dominated by a beautiful round tower, crowned with corbels, at the feet of which is the residential home; the entire structure is surrounded and protected by solid walls. The village, built over the 14th and 15th centuries, retains its ancient character.
Villa di Tresana
Perhaps originally part of an elementary fourteenth-century fortification, the parallelepiped-shaped castle was enhanced in 15th century with two diagonally placed cylindrical towers. In their foundations, you can still see the slits for firearms. From the middle of last century, it was used as a farm and has only recently been restored and furnished by the current owner.
Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo
This solid, majestic structure, at the end of the village stretched along the ridge of a hill, characterises the entire landscape. In its imposing structure, you can see the various stages of construction: the first 14th century core, subsequent expansions for defensive needs and, finally, the 16th century shape, inspired by the new Renaissance concepts of prestige and representation. In excellent condition, it is privately owned and can be visited for a fee.
Aulla - The Brunella Fortress
The Brunella Fortress (perhaps named after the colour of the rock on which it is built) is a mighty quadrangular construction, a typical example of fortification designed for firearms. Built in the early 16th century, possibly according to a design by Giovanni dalle Bande Nere. It's surrounded by a very interesting botanical garden and houses the Museum of Natural History of Lunigiana.
Castiglione del Terziere - Bagnone
Featuring a solid, square tower, this castle was, by the 15th century, the main seat of the Florentine dominion in Val di Magra. It has been completely renovated and furnished by the current owner and conserves a precious archive and a library of great value. It can only be visited with the owner's permission.
Piagnaro Castle, at the top of the old village, is an integral part of the system of walls and towers (Castelnuovo, Cacciaguerra) built to defend the city. The oldest part is the semi-circular tower to the north (15th century); the middle part and the lower part, with a well, courtyard and chapel, were restored in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the halls of the castle is a museum of the Stele Statues of Lunigiana.
Monti Castle - Licciana Nardi
Built in the 8th century, it was later expanded and adapted to the needs of the times to become an elegant, stately residence. Of the old medieval structure, a large tower and two small corner towers remain. Due to its appearance, small size and traditional lines, it is one of the most romantic castles in Lunigiana. The castle is privately owned.