Fosdinovo: the castle of Malaspina

A fascinating journey to discover the Malaspina Castle and the beautiful village of Fosdinovo, on the border between Tuscany and Liguria, between the sea and the Apuan Alps.


LUNIGIANA – Meeting with the guide in Sarzana (A12 toll motorway)

The Castle of Fosdinovo is a place like few others capable of narrating stories and legends, to excite the visitor and revive first-time long gone but not quite forgotten! Mole has an impressive and is situated in a strategic location with a stunning view. Has a long history full of stories and mysteries and is one of the most fascinating of the whole Lunigiana

Description the trip

We begin to climb among beautiful vineyards and olive groves, starting from the low valley of the Magra, through the city of Sarzana, at a time of Fosdinovo to visit Malaspina Castle , Even today it is inhabited by one of the branches of the noble family descended from the medieval feudal and is one of the most important and famous Castles of Lunigiana. I Malaspina, feudatari in stirpe Obertenga, dominarono per lunghi secoli gran parte della Lunigiana, ed ebbero in Fosdinovo uno dei loro centri strategici.

The Castle coming to Fosdinovo presents itself in all its majesty, perched on a rocky ridge to protect the village that develops behind him. L’emozione di fronte alla monumentalità esterna di questo edificio diviene stupore non appena si entra all’interno del castello: attorno alle due corti si susseguono una impressionante serie di sale e saloni, stanze, camere da letto, tutte arredate e decorate in stile, che permettono di rivivere l’atmosfera della corte Malaspiniana e che raccontano alcune delle innumerevoli storie e leggende che popolano il castello. Do not miss the great room frescoed with the stories of the Malaspina, the so-called chamber Dante, According to tradition, lived in Fosdinovo year 1306, and the scenic stroll along the walkways crenellated, with a breathtaking suspended between the sea and the peaks of the Apuan Alps.

But in the castle there are also other famous attractions: eg Room of the pitfalls, took the Marquise Cristina Pallavicini to get rid of her lovers; or torture chamber, in the dungeons of the castle. Finally, but not least, the legend of the ghost of the beautiful Bianca Maria Aloisia, buried alive in a cell of the castle, whose spirit still be around in the halls of the palace…

After visiting the castle we continue the route through the medieval town where stands the church of San Remigio, inside of which is the famous marble tomb of Jailbird Malaspina. Once you have arrived at the opposite end of the village remains the only time to admire from the walls one of the spectacular views of the sea that gives Fosdinovo.

And with this stunning view we conclude our visit to one of the most beautiful castles of this area.

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