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Fortezza di Sarzanello


The Fortress of Sarzanello: the favourite castle of Lorenzo the Magnificent

Lorenzo de’ Medici, known as the “magnificent” prince, decided to acquire and develop the imposing Fortress of Sarzanello, which from its position on the hills dominates the Val di Magra. Its medieval towers and ramparts are still clearly visible from the historical dwellings in the valley and from the villages situated on the slopes leading up to the peaks of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine range of mountains, however the old drawbridge was destroyed. In any case this will not prevent you from visiting the castle, which is built on two triangular fortifications connected by a bridge and surrounded by a moat.


At the core of the military fortress

To reach the fortress we may choose between two carriage roads and a pedestrian walkway known as the Montata di Sarzanello, and all of these routes are immersed in an unspoiled natural environment. If you were to seek our advice we would have no doubt: the walkway will let you enjoy a breathtaking panorama and it’s well worth the effort of walking up the steep path.

Once you reach your destination, you should dispel any reverential fear that this gigantic building with its sharp angular structures may instil within you, perhaps reflecting on the fact that the formerly austere building today hosts sumptuous private events and romantic wedding ceremonies.

Between the 15th and 16th centuries Lorenzo the Magnificent became aware of the strategic importance of this territory, which had always represented a central issue in various political and military disputes.

He was not the first nor the only person to comprehend its relevance. At the end of the 10th century a fortress with a military tower had already been positioned here, and if you carefully observe the structure you will note the ever-present signs of adaptations that have occurred over time.


The Sarzanello Fortress... A few details not everyone is aware of

You may happen to hear that the castle you are visiting is really called the Castruccio fortress, however the military leader Castruccio Castracani degli Antelminelli from Lucca lived at the manor only for about ten years, between 1317 and 1328. When Sarzana and Sarzanello fell under the control of the Medici, the Lords of Florence, at the end of the 15th century, it was this noble family that dedicated a lot of time and resources to reinforcing the structures built to defend the city, and this work obviously included the Sarzanello Fortress.


Find out more...

If you are thinking of arranging a visit to the fortress or if you are even planning a wedding at this location, which would require serious reflection and organisation, we have some good news for you: the weather is mild during all seasons of the year.

Fortezza di Sarzanello

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