verrucola - Fivizzano

Discover Fivizzano

Between the Appennines and the Alps, a dive into history and nature

Fivizzano is the widest village of Lunigiana. It extends from the Appenines to the Apuan Alps. It can be reached by taking the SS.63, that from Aulla takes to the Cisa Pass, and then to Reggio Emilia. The first documents on the town refer to the Castle of Verrucola, given by the emperor Henry V to Ugo d’Este in 1077. “Forum Verrucolae" was born as a market place depending, annexe to the feudal seat. When the Malaspina family arrived, the town was called Forum Fivezzani and in 1477 it became Fivizzano and entered in the Republic of Florence.

 Known as “the Florence of Lunigiana”, the city represented one of the Medicean possesion that characterized the rule of Medici Family in the northern part of Tuscany (Fivizzano-Pietrasanta-Barga), evident in the public, private or clerical buildings. It was part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until 1844, when it was given to the Duchy of Modena, which ruled the city until the unification of Italy.In 1920, the city was partly destroyed by a great earthquake.


Walking in the town centre
When you visit the historical town centre, you'll be able to see the wonderful remains of the ancient walls of the city, built by Cosimo I of the Medici in 1540, a particular example in Lunigiana together with the walls of Caprigliola. The entrance of city is represented by the two gates: the “modenese” and the “sarzanese or fiorentino”. Thanks to its strategic position, Fivizzano became an important market place, with its square that was the social centre of the city. After the destruction, due to the earthquake in 1920, the city was partly rebuilt.

Going in the centre, it is possible to admire the wonderful Fantoni-Bonomi palace, the Cojari palace and the Villa of Benedetti Chigi. The Fantoni Palace hosts the Museum of Printing. In the centre of the main square, it is possible to admire the wonderful Medicean Fountain, built under Cosimo III (1683),  surrounded by the beautiful Renaissance buildings. In the square, the visitor can admire also the Saints Iacopo e Antonio Church, which preserves famous art works (pictures of  Foschi and of Sorri, the baptistery with the “TAU” and the baroque wooden choir). Inside the church, the Parish Museum.

Leaving the square, you can reach the Municipio, on the opposite side of the road the former Monastery of Saint Augustine, with frescoes of the 16th century.  On the via Umberto I,  you will find also the small Church of the Jail (Chiesina delle Carceri), with its painting of the Florentine School.
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Lunigiana is a historical region located in both Tuscany and Liguria, between the Spezia and Massa-Carrara provinces. It owns its name to the city of Luni, an ancient Etruscan city, and then Roman colony in 177 BC. ...
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