The Castle of Bibola seems like one of those romantic ruins straight out of a novel: veiled by the morning mist, it could be featured in one of Caspar Frederick’s atmospheric paintings.
Located on the very summit of the village of Bibola, it overlooks the Magra Valley and the valleys of the Aulella river and faces the part of the Apennine chain that overlaps the regions of Liguria, Tuscany and Emilia. The village’s houses unwind like a neat stack of stone dominos up the narrow alleyways. The decadent appearance of today must not make us forget its past strategic importance: it was built by the Romansand it was among the many bizantine kastron to protect the important port of Luni.
Along a variant of the Via Francigena, from the castle towers it was possible to catch sight of the safeholds of Filattiera, Grondola, Bastia, Lusuolo and Castiglion del Terziere. These forts probably communicated over long distances. At the beginning of the seventh century the Unknown Ravennese’s Cosmography quoted Bibola in a route that linked a series of fortifications on the road that brought from Luni di Lucca in one direction, while in the other it lead to Liguria and crossed the villages of Pulica, Bibola, Terrarossa and Corneda. Between the eleventh and the fifteenth centuries, Bibola was contended by the bishops of Luni and the Malaspina family.
In addition to the castle remains, the several tunnels built all throughout the village are a must. This grey stone maze of underground passageways is a fascinating sight to behold.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana