In the town’s splendid historic centre, visitors can see the historic defense walls built by Cosimo de’ Medici in 1540, as well as the Palace and tomb of the Arcadian Labindo and the beautiful Baroque fountain from 1683, built on the commission of Cosimo III. The large Piazza Medicea is still the centre of life in Fivizzano today, with the church that was restored after it was severely damaged by a major earthquake that hit the city in 1920.
It may be surprising to learn but Fivizzano hasn’t played a minor role in Italy’s humanistic culture. This is where Jacopo da Fivizzano opened one of the first print houses in the entire country, where the first typewriter ever built was created and used.
Inside the Palazzo Fantoni, a historic noble residence recovered by the famous Fivizzano-born doctor and writer Loris Jacopo Bononi, is the Museum of Printing, established in honour of Jacopo da Fivizzano.
The Accademia degli Imperfetti played an important role in the cultural history of the town. The institution was founded in the 1500s and operated with enthusiasm until the mid-1800s; they were responsible for building the Teatro degli Imperfetti – inaugurated in 1807 and fitted with 600 seats.
Literature lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Augustinian complex, with its library, home to a beautiful collection of works coming from the adjacent church. The hospice is also unmissable and, outside, the bronze monument that celebrates the Fivizzano origins of Nicholas V (the pope responsible for creating the Vatican Library).