Lunigiana is also known as the “valley of a hundred castles” thanks to the presence of numerous hilltop castles and fortresses that have been overlooking the valley since the Middle Ages.
Discover which ones are open for visits in 2023!
The Piagnaro Castle, in Pontremoli hosts the “Museo delle Statue Stele lunigianesi”. It’s open every day from 9:30 to 17.30 (October to May), 10:00 to 18:30 (June, July and September), 10:00 to 19:30 (August). Approximate time to visit the castle and the museum is 90 minutes. It’s possible to access the castle by elevator located at Porta Parma.
The Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo is open for visits by a guided tour that takes 50 minutes. You will discover different rooms: the Reception Room, the Throne Room, the Dining Room featuring a beautiful 1700s kitchen, and the Main Hall.
You will also visit Dante’s Room, where the 1300 Italian poet was hosted during his exile, and Bianca Maria’s Room, the ghost who, according to the legend, is still living here.
The castle is open for visits every day (except Tuesdays) from May to September or on weekends only in April (book here).
The Brunella’s Fortress in Aulla hosts the Museum of Natural History of Lunigiana. Open for visits with guided tours by Sigeric on weekends and holidays from April to May 15:00-18:00, in June 10:00 to 12:30 / 16:00 to 18:30. Summer opening times: July every day 10:00 to 12:30 / weekends and holidays 10:00 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 18:30. August 10:00 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 18:30. Guided tours depart every 45 minutes.
The Malaspina Castle in Monti is privately owned and open for visits only by guided tours. Please check the tour dates on sigeric website.
The Lusuolo Castle hosts the Museum of Emigration of Tuscan people and is open on weekends 10:00-12:30 / 16:00-18:30 and on holidays only in the morning from 10:00 to 12:30.
New openings in 2023 of the Bastia Castle. This privately-owned fortress is perched on a hill close to Licciana Nardi overlooking the Taverone Valley. Check the tour dates on sigeric website.
The Castle of Castiglione del Terziere (Bagnone; phone 0187 429100 – mobile 347 0004486 – email: email@example.com) and the Malaspina Castle in Tresana are also available for visits on request.
Updated June 01 2023