The castles always exert a particular fascination on people due to history and mystery. So we want to reveal a little more about three castles in the north of Tuscany that we like very much! Let's get closer to Moneta, Comano and Aghinolfi castles.
The Castle of Moneta
In the hills of Fossola (near Carrara) there are the ruins of the castle of Moneta, whose origins date back to around 1000 CE. The hamlet of Moneta was an ancient Roman settlement before being taken over by the Byzantines, Longobards and Franks who all valued this site for its strategic defensive position. The ancient castle boasts beautiful views and was conquered by different peoples throughout history. Because of its location, guarding the step hills between Liguria and Carrara, crossroads of ancient routes crossing the Lunigiana and Liguria, the village was the site of bitter fighting. The castrum was transformed over the centuries in a fortress, then in a defense structure with a medieval village surrounded by farmlands and attracted a lot of people who sought shelter and protection in the solid walls. In the 18th century the castle and village were gradually abandoned, with locals moving to Carrara and Fossola. The nearby hills hold two bunkers constructed by German troops as they were creating the Gothic Line.
How to get there
Take the Carrara exit off the A15 Genova-Livorno. Head up Viale XX Settembre to the suburb of Fossola then take Via Moneta from behind the Parrocchiale dell'Arcipretura di San Giovanni Battista. Pass “Il Ciocco” and after about 1km of steep curves you arrive at the castle.
The Castle of Comano
Comano rises at about 600 meters above sea level in the upper valley of the Taverone stream, among pastures and chestnut woods, surrounded by the high Apennine peaks. In the past it was important for its strategic location on the border between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany and the great economic value of its agricultural center. The castle dates back 884 even though according to archeological finds, the area seems to be inhabited since the Roman times. Only the imposing ruins of the castle dominating the entire valley still remain, but the tower and the main gate have been recently restored. The fortress was built essentially for military purposes. The castle is usually open to the public. You can visit the tower by appointment booking at the telephone number +39 0187 486017.
The Castle Aghinolfi of Montignoso
Castle Aghinolfi is located above the village of Montignoso, five kilometers south of the town of Massa. The castle is not far from the sea and close to the Via Francigena, a fact that gave it an important strategic role. The first news of the castle dates back to 753. The last military occupation of the castle, with the relevant architectural modifications, dates back to 1945, when it was occupied by a Nazi garrison, becoming one of the strongholds of the Gothic Line. The complex layout of the castle and the numerous modifications applied over the years are the basis of the recent restoration.