The family is also linked to illustrious personalities, first of all the great poet Dante Alighieri who stayed in Lunigiana in 1306. On behalf of the Marquises of Mulazzo and Giovagallo, Dante stipulated the Peace of Castelnuovo with the Bishops Counts of Luni, on 6 October of that year. Dante himself tells us about his meeting with the Malaspina, writing wonderful words about the family:
“Such renown honors your house,
acclaims your lords and lands,
even one who has yet to journey there.
and so, I swear to you, may I complete my climb,
your honored house still claims the prize
the glory of the purse and of the sword.”
(Purgatory, VIII - 124-129)
Dante turns to Corrado Il Giovane, among the "negligent princes" found in the Antipurgatory, who asks him about the situation in the Val di Magra.