On the border of the territory of the Garfagnana and in the extreme east of Lunigiana, the municipality of Casola is one of the smallest organizations in the area, but rich in history and tradition. Land of passage, contains among its alleys and streets the stories of all the characters who have crossed this extreme mountain of Lunigiana. From high above the valley below, thanks to its privileged location, situated on a rocky outcrop that “controls” the courses of the streams and Aulella and Tassonaro, watched over by the high peaks of the Apuan Alps.
Casola is striking for its atmosphere, made up of past steeped in tradition and uniqueness. From here, a time spent traders, travelers and those who wanted to reach Lucca through these mountains, stopping for the old and now in ruins Ospedale di Tea, which housed a church with the same name. Place on the mountain pass between the valley of the Serchio and the Aulella, was a structure often used as a shelter or refreshment thanks to the exclusivity of the crossing point of walking on the way between Lucca and Parma.
The history of the village of Casola begins in 1400, around the castle that once dominated the surrounding woods. Today of all that, remains a cylindrical tower, part of a protection system wider and developed. The walls encircled the whole town, with two doors, one facing to the side of Lunigiana, the other towards Lucca. Over the years, the town lost its value as a fortification, leaving only the tower to witness all this. Following, the cylindrical tower, identifying symbol of all the inhabitants of this feature, became the bell tower of the church of Santa Felicita, of Roman origin and subject of several renovations.
In addition to the history and tradition, it’s located inside the old Town Hall, the Museum del Territorio della Valle dell’Aulella, where discover testimonials and secrets about human settlement in Lunigiana. Surrounded by small villages, nature and ancient churches, Casola is a little gem of culture, one of those realities still “original” in which to discover the traits that have made the history of this place suspended in time. Among its streets elegant buildings, stone houses and sandstone portals, which complement the unique style of this place. A dip into history, the more simple, made of a succession of ages, personalities and travelers, who have found in these places warm and loving.
A treasure chest of all the features that it is difficult to identify in the life of every day, but discernible in every corner of this picturesque village.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana