At the heart of the Lucido Valley, in between the Lucido river and the Aulella creek, stands the village of Gragnola, fiercely dominated by its very own castle.
For centuries, the village strategic position ensured the passage of noblesmen, pilgrims, migrants and merchants who animated the town’s life; so much so that apparently, the name of the village itself, Gragnola, comes from the rich wheat trade (grano in Italian) which was thriving in the area during the Middle Age.
Very little is known of Gragnola foundation which is commonly dated back to the romans; during the 15th Century the village established itself as one of the most important marketplaces in eastern Lunigiana and, at the time, it looked like a small fortified citadel protected by high walls behind which a dedalus of small streets and shops winded up. Not much is left to be seen of the high walls that once surrounded Grangnola, but today like yesterday, the Castel dell’Aquila (Eagle’s castle) stands tall overlooking the village and the valley.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana