If you look up in the area around Gassano, you'll notice the imposing Castello dell'Aquila dominating the area. After an extensive, ten-year restoration the castle is once again the pride of the Lunigiana.
Open to the public, the castle offers large salons for receptions and conferences, nine rooms for guests renovated in the tower, and a terrace with views of the river and valleys and a sliver of the Apuane Alps. The castle's chapel was restored and reconsecrated in 2005 and contributes to the medieval feel of the castle.
A small mystery also surrounds the castle. In 2004 a skeleton was discovered in the castle which analyses revealed to be that of a 14th century knight killed by being speared in the neck. Since his discovery the knight has become famous as a research topic for anthropologists, historians, and forensic scientists and is featured on a number of websites.
How to get there:
Castel dell'Aquila and Gragnola can be found in road atlases. Take the Aulla exit off the A12 Parma-La Spezia and follow directions for Fivizzano-Reggio Emilia on the ex-SS 63. Eight km before Fivizzano turn right towards Gragnola-Gassano-Equi Terme.