plain Capannori


Forts, castles, medieval towers combine with Renaissance villas and refined architecture

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The vast area of the city of Caponnori runs from the Pizzorne, Pisan mountains, theLucca plain and the area formed by the reclamation of Lake Bientina.
The high ground around Lucca boasts numerous fortresses, castles and medieval towers alongside Renaissance villas and other elegant and refined buildings.

Built at an altitude high enough to make cultivation of olive trees and grapes possible, the fortresses were not only military structures but actual villages dedicated to agricultural activity.
Many of the castles in the Capannori area are mentioned in the manuscripts of 14th century historian Giovanni Sercambi. Among the forts that were built to stop the Pisans advances towards Lucca, Sercambi mentions the Pieve di Compito, fortresses of Sant'Andrea, San Giusto, Vorno, and Guamo, and the Montecarlo castle.
Those destroyed in 1313 by Uguccione della Faggiola (a well-known Pisa army capitan) include the castles Compito, Vorno, Castelvecchio and Nossano.

Cover image credit: Olga

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