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Mont’Alfonso Fortess

Castelnuovo Garfagnana is home to the imposing defensive structure with unique and stunning views

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Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
The Mont’Alfonso Fortress in Castelnuovo Garfagnana was built between 1579 and 1586 on the command of Alfonso Il d’Este and was the last defensive stronghold of the Duchy of Ferrara to guard the border with nearby Lucca.

Designed by the engineer Marc’Antonio Pasi, it is the most significant architectural military development in Este’s Garfangnana, with an area of 60,000 metres squared, the border wall measuring 1,150 metres, 7 bastions, a walkway for patrol and two doors. Used as the Este’s military headquarters in the 16th and 17th centuries, it became property of the states of Lucca and Piombino during the Napoleonic period (1805-1814), and today it houses the tourist information point, the Centre for Folk Traditions and the documentation centre of fortifications in the Garfagnana.   

From the fortress, visitors can walk to Castelnuovo following the scenic Ariosto trail. From there, you can enjoy a unique view of the Apuan Alps and the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano National Park.

Info: montalfonso.it

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Castelnuovo is the main town in the Garfagnana area, positioned at the merging of the river Serchio with the Turrite Secca, a typical mountain torrent flowing from the Apuan Alps distinguished by karst features. The schools, library and the lovely Teatro Vittorio Alfieri are elements that make this town a point of reference for the entire Garfagnana area. ...