Visiting one of the museums of the “Terre dei Malaspina e delle Statue Stele” network in Lunigiana is an excellent opportunity to travel across centuries of local history, from the Prehistoric Era to the Modern Age, to better understand this multifaceted territory, its culture and traditions.

A must-see is the Statue Stele Museum in Pontremoli, where you can meet the mysterious prehistoric menhirs that have become a recognised symbol of Lunigiana. The museum is hosted inside the Piagnaro Castle and can be visited with a combined ticket during the castle opening hours.
Travelling south towards Aulla, we suggest you take a visit to the Museum of the San Caprasio’s Abbey, an important landmark along the pilgrimage route Via Francigena. The museum is open everyday 9:00-12:00 / 15:00-18:00. Free entrance.

On the other side of the river Magra, that crosses all along the Lunigiana Valley, you can find the Malaspina Archive Museum in Mulazzo, dedicated to the sea explorer Alessandro Malaspina, where objects, nautical maps, books and manuscripts tell the story of this important character.
The archive is open from May to September on weekends 15:30-18:30.

Another interesting archive is the Memory Archive Museum in Bagnone, where you can visit an educational exhibition about local history. The archive is open on weekends and holidays or every day in July and August, 9:30 -13:00.

In Fosdinovo, you can experience an immersive visit at the Audiovisual Museum of the Resistance, thanks to multimedia supports that tell the story of the direct witnesses and resistance fighters of the Gothic Line against the Nazi during the Second World War. The museum is open on Saturdays 14.30-17.30 and Sundays 10:30 – 17:30.

Also part of the museums network is the Natural History Museum in Aulla, housed inside the Brunella Fortress, and the Geo-Archeo Park of the Equi Caves.

updated 12 Aprile 2023

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