The municipality of Mulazzo has similar characteristic to other locations of Lunigiana, to extend from the valley, along the river Magra, up the mountain. A large space occupied by small hamlets and villages which, in addition to the culture they are guardians of peoples and customs, came down to our day to witness something more important than a single event. A mosaic of historical centers that contribute to forming a collective community and a strong and marked sense of identification. As well as various castles scattered throughout the territory, fortresses which over time have undergone substantial changes, but no change in importance. As Castello of Castevoli, stands guard of the village that winds at its feet, located on a small hill. A reality that in the past had a strategic importance and from which control what happens in the area below. Even its name recalls this purpose, in reference to a “land side”, excellent for defensive purposes. Its origins date back to before 1000, as the first traceable news dating back to 1077, when it was granted to the Marquis Folco and Ugo d’Este, spouses of Malaspina, by the Emperor Arrigo III. During the story underwent several changes of ownership, including the branch of the Malaspina dello Spino Secco, those of the Spino Fiorito, from Corrado l’Antico until 1476, when the estate went to Christopher Azzone, then move on to the Marquis of Villafranca in 1757 who held it until 1794 a story articulated through which Castevoli has continued to play its role and to put on a special charm, thanks to the morphology of the historic center. As in the most classic of walled towns, there are two doors, one entrance and one exit. On one of these you can still admire the majesty of a bas-relief in white marble, depicting the Madonna with two angels and a stone tower. The Castle, in the highest part of the old town, was the subject of several interventions over the centuries and is well preserved. Today it’s privately and not open to visitors except on extraordinary occasions.
A short walk from here, in the village of Pieve is situated the ancient church of San Martino. From a distance, you will immediately notice its elegant bell tower of stone, reinforced by a spur and a bow. On the facade of the Church it’s easy locate San Martino in version of warrior, while cutting its cloak to offer it to a poor shivering. An act of unconditional love that explains the rationale for the choice of this dedication. Once inside you will understand immediately the ancient origins of the church, to be dated to 700, with a simple style, but rich in spirit and devotion.
A village to visit in its entire length, but well protected by its walls, easily accessible for all visitors. Inside still unique charm, typical of a past and a time long forgotten.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana