Castello di Fosdinovo

Fosdinovo

Small village dominates the Val di Magra and Luni plains

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Fosdinovo is a very old settlement that for centuries has dominated the Magra and the Luni plains. The atmosphere is one of borderlands: you can almost smell the sea without forgetting the mountains behind. Local cuisine is excellent and can be sampled in its many good restaurants.

THE HISTORIC TOWN CENTRE
Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Remigio (13th century)
The original building was probably built in the thirteenth century by order of the Bishops of Luni. Subsequent transformations, and in particular the refurbishment in the sixteenth century after a fire altered its structure, turning it into the baroque building that we know today with one single nave, a presbytery and a choir. Inside the church you can find the tomb of Galeotto Malaspina.

Oratorio della Compagnia dei Bianchi (16th century sec.)
The building was built after 1501, the year in which the old building was destroyed. It had the same name “Oratorio della Compagnia”, an ancient religious congregation. The white marble facade dates back to the late seventeenth century. The interior, in splendid Baroque style, contains altars made of polychromatic marble standing around the lateral walls. At the high altar you can admire a statue of the Virgin Mary, a wooden sculpture dating back to the fifteenth century.

Info: Places of worship. For further information call Don Millo Sabadini, tel 0187 68851

OUTSIDE THE CENTRE
Ponzanello (12th century)
The fortified town was developed in various historical phases and has three gates still standing along the walls. The fortress that stands on the hill above the town appears as a fortified residence. Built in several phases, the la test work dates back to the fourteenth and fifteenth century. The strategic position of the castrum of Ponzanello probably made this one of the most important settlements controlling the access to the north Tyrrhenian coast from inland.
Info: abandoned site, but easy to visit.

Audiovisual Museum of the WWII Resistance
The Museum is located in an area where the war and the public executions of civilians left an indelible mark. This museum is dedicated to the memory of the Resistance: the “memory, which is the object of the museum consists of audiovisual documents (interviews, images, etc…) put “on show”, using multimedia instruments that create an interactive relationship with the visitor. The museum also has a photographic library with photos of the Resistance in the Apuan and Luni areas as well as a collection of publications on the history of the Resistance and its implications on a national and European level.

Info: via Le Prade, Fosdinovo, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5.00 
For further information: Museo della Resistenza

NATURE ITINERARIES
There are numerous routes to take, both on foot and with other means of transport (bike, car, etc…) to explore the lush vegetation of the mountains surrounding the town of Fosdinovo. Relaxing walks along paths or roads through woods, villages, parish churches and castles. One interesting trek, which is easy to travel, is the route from Fosdinovo to Aulla that passes the castle of Ponzanello, the town of Treschietto and that of Bibola.
Info: Unione dei Comuni della Lunigiana

FOOD AND WINE
Among the local products, of the highest quality and prestige, make sure you try the extra-virgin olive oil. This is made from local varieties including the “razzola”, which in recent years has won numerous awards. As for wine-growing and producing, the territory of the hills of Luni is a D.O.C. zone producing Vermentino dei Colli di Luni, a fine wine. Vines producing red grapes are also cultivated, including the autochthonous merza variety. Other fine local products include: honey, marmalade and several fine jams.

Cover image credit: APT

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