One of the places to visit while in Garfagnana is the Verrucole Fortress, in the village of San Romano on a hill 600 meters away. Although the climb is a little bit tough it is worth it. The view from the top is simply spectacular.
The fortress was built in the 11th-12th century by the Gherardinghi family for military purposes, to defend the town against attacks. Our group of Players had the opportunity to visit the interior of the fortress since it is now open to the public thanks to the Archeopark project created to reproduce the living conditions of the human settlement from the end of the 13th century. It is a living museum!
During the visit, there were people dressed with costumes who explained us how it was to live in a castle in the medieval times and they gave us a small guided tour of the facilities around.
Now the Fortress has become an interesting attraction from the architectural and historical point of view thanks to the guides than recreate the aspect of past life conditions.
They have different workshops and it was so much fun because, in the kitchen, we learned how to make fire with stones as well as what is a cremaillere, that it was used before to "adjust the fire". It was an iron device with notches or teeth to hang on the pot on the fire. This mechanism allowed them to put the pot farther or closer to the fire. Totally different from our days, right?
We tried on an armor and a medieval helmet and they were so heavy. Only the armor was 7 kilos but the guide told us that in the medieval times they were about 22 kilos. Can you imagine what it was like to move or walk wearing an armor?