It is situated in the Massa Carrara area, in the upper valley of the Magra in northern Tuscany. The ancient history of Pontremoli and Lunigiana is well represented in the Museum of the Statue Stele, which collects the prehistoric sculptures carved in sandstone from the third millennium BC by the people who lived in the area before the Apuan Ligurians.
The Pontremoli of the Middle Ages is documented by the end of the tenth century by Sigerico, who stopped on the itinerary of the Via Francigena. The village was defended by three forts: the castle of Piagnaro at the top of the ancient quarter of the same name; the Cortina di Cacciaguerra, the wall between the Guelphs and Ghibellines from which the great central tower was reused as a bell tower; the Fortress of Castelnuovo, on the left bank of the river Magra, positioned to defend the port of the ancient wooden bridge that perhaps gave its name to the village (pons tremulus). Pontremoli still retains some medieval bridges.
Pontremoli amazes visitors with the richness of the Baroque palaces and works of art in the churches. Important for its strategic position along the Via Francigena, Pontremoli develops its vocation as a market town as well as being the door of the Apennines. From the second half of the seventeenth century experienced a great development.