Here, once, the families Malaspina and Medici were the owners of this land. Lunigiana is an ancient land rich in history, between Liguria and Tuscany, where you can visit splendid medieval villages surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Tosco-Emilian Apennines.
This is the case of “Firenze della Lunigiana“, or Fivizzano, a place that has entered history because here, between 1470 and 1474, Jacopo da Fivizzano used the typographical characters for the first time in Italy. Within a short distance you can visit the village of Fosdinovo with its Castle of Malaspina family and that of Verrucola with the Fortress of Spinetta the Great.
Ponticello certainly deserve a visit, a place that rises along the ancient route of Via Francigena and it develops entirely behind the oratory of the Saints Rocco and Bernardo; the village of Filetto, one of the most picturesque centers of Lunigiana which was famous for its antiquarian markets, fairs and medieval recalls; and still Mulazzo, the first capital of the Malaspina feud (here, in 1306, Dante Alighieri also stayed) and Montereggio which, together with Parana, is known as “the country of booksellers”, the only village in Italy to be part of the International Organization of Book Towns. The journey through the villages of this wonderful land can only end in Pontremoli, a true architectural jewel – with medieval bridges and sandstone sandstone paved alleys – lying in a basin surrounded by high hills and built at the confluence of two rivers.
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