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Our itinerary starts in Fosdinovo, located at the most southern side of Lunigiana, where the Apennines meet the sea.
This picturesque medieval village perched on a green hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves with spectacular views over the coast, has been granted the Bandiera Arancione by the Touring Club Italiano and is part of the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine, thanks to its cultural, historical and food heritage.
The Malaspina Castle, today privately owned, is one of the must-see not only in Fosdinovo, but in the entire Lunigiana valley.
Visiting its gorgeous furnished and frescoed rooms, you will learn the legends related to the castle and the Malaspina family, including the most popular legend about the ghost of Bianca Maria Aloisia.
From here we move to the northern part of Lunigiana to discover the mysterious stone people that inhabited the area in the Neolithic Era. We can admire two original stele statues inside the lovely Romanesque Chuch of Sorano in Filattiera, usually closed to the public. The church located along the medieval pilgrimage route Via Francigena is indeed witness of thousands of years of history, from the local prehistoric people Liguri Apuani, to the Roman settlement and later invasions until the spread of Christianity. For centuries this area has represented a worship place and seen pilgrims, armies and merchants passing by.
Dinner at a local restaurant with typical menu waiting for the night to fall.
Under the moonlight a guide-actor will lead us across the narrow and dark lanes of the ancient Piagnaro area in Pontremoli telling us the legend most beloved by locals, the tale of the werewolf.
Explore the Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo, private but open for visits to its splendid furnished and frescoed rooms, the torture chamber and the legendary room of Dante Alighieri, 1300 Italian poet.
Visit the charming Romanesque church of Sorano, landmark along the pilgrimage route Via Francigena that has played a crucial role throughout the centuries marking the passage from paganism to Christianity.
Enter the inner courts of the Piagnaro Castle in Pontremoli exclusively under the moon light when it is usually closed to the public.
Minimum 4 participants
Suitable for everybody, also families with kids.
The steep access to the castles prevent the visit to disabled people.
The tourist package Includes:
Qualified guide HD;
Entrance to Malaspina Castle in Fosdinovo;
Entrance Pieve di Sorano;
3-course dinner with typical products;
Evening walk with the werewolf.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Fosdinovo had its golden age between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, when it was the capital of an independent marquisate and governed by the most important branch of the Malaspina family of Spino Fiorito, whose marquises were imperial vicars in Italy.
The Malaspina di Fosdinovo Castle is surely one of Lunigiana’s most fascinating strongholds, for its splendid architecture as well as for the stories that have been played out here over the centuries. From this strategic position, the Malaspina family controlled the entire territory with an iron fist for centuries.
Stretching from the Apennines to the Apuan Coast, Lunigiana stems from water and stone. From the gray limestone shaped by crystal waters to the white marble of Carrara overlooking the sea, we will travel across centuries of history, art, human landscapes and authentic flavors.