TOUR OF MEDIEVAL CASTLES AND PARISH CHURCHES IN THE LUNIGIANA

9 February 2016
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The tour....

  • With a colleague of mine, an authorised guide in the area, we’ll go first to the tiny medieval village of Fosdinovo and the Malaspina Castle, where Dante may have stayed in 1308 during his exile. You’ll enjoy the wonderful views of the coast and the mountains (the Apennines and the Apuans). The castle is considered to be the finest and most interesting example of military and 14th-century architecture in the area, and the village is a pure medieval architecture in local stone.
  • We’ll then go to Filattiera in the heart of the Lunigiana, to visit the small 10th-century Romanesque Sorano chapel. Perfectly restored, it’s the most distinctive chapel in the Lunigiana.
  • Next we go to Pontremoli for a tour of the old medieval centre (cathedral, old streets and baroque palaces) and Piagnaro Castle with its stele museum – mysterious hominid stones in sandstone made by people before the Roman period and dating back to 4700 B.C. The number of stele discovered in this area is exceptional.

Ideas...

  • We can complete the excursion to the Lunigiana with a tasting of local wines and snacks in wonderful wine cellars of the Luni area.
  • For lunch, I can recommend a restaurant/trattoria with frescoed walls and excellent local cuisine in Pontremoli. À la carte menu, if required, to be booked in advance.

Useful information...

  • Malaspina’s castle fee: 6 Euro. Here is the link to the Castle: www.castellodifosdinovo.it.
  • Pontremoli Museum fee: 4,00 Euro and reduced rate for groups.
    Opening time: 1st November to 31st March: from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.-5.30 p.m. Closed on Monday.
    1st April to 31st October: from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Closed on Monday.
    Here is the link to the museum: www.statuestele.org
  • You must have a car for this tour; if you don’t have a car or you prefer to be comfortably driven by a private chauffeur, ask me for a free quotation.

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