Coreglia Antelminelli

The Rocca di Coreglia fortress

An ancient medieval fortress that dominates the Valle del Serchio

Coreglia Antelminelli

In the Serchio Valley, you’ll find the medieval hamlet of Coreglia Altiminelli, which is surrounded by stone walls whose ancient portals are still visible. In a dominating position, you’ll find the Rocca di Coreglia fortress, strategically designed to control the entire valley. The fortress was built higher than the Apennine buttress, contoured by the Ania and Segone streams, which allowed for it to be in contact with the Brancoli and Motrone fortresses, thanks to luminous signals that could be seen in Lucca. In the past, the walls surrounding the castle were very thick and the structure hosted men and various means of transport.

Today, it is used for civic purposes thanks to reconstruction which aimed at lowering its walls and eliminating its sentinel routes and its parapets. In 1800, the holding tower was demolished so that its stones could be used for paving the city’s streets. Even if the building has seen various changes throughout the centuries, it still has the same imposing characteristics of an ancient fortress. Today, the complex and its surrounding and is private property, used as a farm/residence.

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Situated in the middle of the Valle del Serchio, Coreglia Antelminelli is a lovely hillside town at 595 meters above sea level, framed by the Apennine mountains. The oldest records of Coreglia date back to the X century. It first belonged to the Villa della Pieve di Loppia when the bishop Gherardo gave up power and handed over the city to Rodilando of the Rodilandinghi. ...