We are in the territory of Mulazzo, on the right bank of the Magra River. The Castevoli Castle is one of the sites that holds evidence dating back to before the year 1000, with a document showing the presence of a parish church. It was probably built in order to control the underlying Roman road, which then became the Via Francigena, that connected Piacenza to Lucca.
It underwent great changes a few centuries later, during the 1500s, when Tommaso Malaspina wanted to enlarge it for his wife, Bianca Sicchi d’Aragona. At the beginning of the 17th Century, their descendant Francesco completed the fortified structure and the curtain that protected the houses of the hamlet.
Known for its taxes and its exhausting work conditions, the feud [because, as we may recall, feudalism endured until Napoleon] was shattered by the popular revolts that brought the Malaspina dominion to its end during the 18th Century.
Since 1797, the Castle has thus fallen into disgrace, and two centuries passed before it came back to life in the 1990s, thanks to the artist Loris Nelson Ricci who, along with his wife Erica H. End, chose to transform it into their home, studio and international cultural center. The Castle may be visited with advance reservation, and still houses a collection of works by Nelson Ricci.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana