"if you have truthful news of Val di Magro or the neighbouring place, then tell me. Once, I was a great man there".
With these words, the dialogue between Dante and Corrado Malaspina begins, in Canto VIII of Purgatorio, an encounter that hides a prophecy and tells of the deep bond between the Supreme Poet and the land of Lunigiana.
This bond is still remembered today, 700 years after Dante Alighieri's death, by numerous places and monuments. Firstly, in the village of Mulazzo, the historic capital of the Malaspina dello Spino Secco, that since 2006 is home to the Lunigianese Center of Dante Studies. The medieval old town is dominated by the majestic Tower of Dante, under which you can find the statue of the Supreme Poet sculpted by the great Arturo Dazzi.
It's exactly here, in this village that was the capital of the Spino Secco fiefdom that Dante was welcomed by the Malaspinas in the spring of 1306. Franceschino Malaspina entrusted him with the role of "procurator of peace" to reconcile the centuries-old dispute between the Malaspina themselves and the bishops of Luni, ratified in the famous Peace of Castelnuovo of 6 October 1306.