From its position overlooking Pontremoli, the Val di Magra, the old town that was born at its feet, the population that sees in it a symbol and a reference point. It represents the history of the municipality of Pontremoli, its domain, its vicissitudes, a power represented by its great structure, its location and the way in which it’s imposed over the centuries. You will see the Castle of Piagnaro just arrived in Pontremoli, you will feel in awe of it, admire it rising from the central squares, in its narrow streets, among the stone buildings that make this a unique city center. It will appear suddenly and find out floor plan. Before arriving at its feet, turn your eyes and enjoy the panoramic view that will give you the point. You will see Pontremoli and its life flowing under your eyes, as saw who wanted it and commissioned it. It was built around 1000, with the aim of logical defense combined with that of the control. Its privileged location ensured absolute control, an objective view of its surroundings, a way in which to exercise control without taking it from anyone or anything.
Once we arrived at the foot of the Castle of Pontremoli know closely the “piagne”, the slabs of sandstone with which it’s built, and from which it derives its name, and enter through its entrance into the stone, surmounted by the coat of arms of the Medici. Visit the Museum of the Statue Stele, placed inside and discover the wide courtyard that contains the well. Climb the steps that will lead you to the terrace and the oldest part of the castle, characterized by a semi-elliptic tower and a series of rooms which in the past were accommodation of guests, governors and military. Don’t miss any part of it, just so you can have a vision of mainsails effect.
Today, the Castle of Piagnaro will be presented to you in all its splendor, thanks to restoration work of which it was the protagonist. And also its prestige has not changed throughout the centuries, who saw it at the center of the changes through which the territory. Pontremoli was in fact the first free town, until the beginning of 1400, the feud of family Fieschi then, when it lost its independence. It went under the ownership of the Spaniards between 1500 – 1600, to be sold to Genoa and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1650.
Discover its structure and the glimpse of Pontremoli observe that while you will go in the direction of the castle. Don’t forget its history and its domains and think about what it was for all the area in the past centuries. Even today its role in Lunigiana is the protagonist.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana