Fortezza di Sarzanello

Fortress Of Castruccio Castracani

The spectacular Fortress of Castruccio Castracani stands at the end of Sarzanello hill overlooking the cityà medieval Sarzana and the plain of the Val di Magra, along the Via Francigena.

The più nucleus; ancient, documented from the eleventh century, was modified between 1314 and 1328 by Castruccio Castracani and, in the fifteenth century, by order of Thomas Campofregoso. The current structure can be traced back to the decision of Lorenzo de Medici to transform Sarzana in a fortified outpost in defense of the Florentine dominion and entrusts the work to Francesco di Giovanni said Francione.

from’ top view Fortress has a rhomboidal shape due to the particular triangular-shaped walls with towers at the vertices and to the massive construction to protection of’ input said rivellino. The structure, bounded by a moat in which già all’ era was not expected the presence of water, at the center presents the male, consists of four floors with walk all’ apex, in addition to various service environments useful to everyday life. In the lower part there are the prisons and the underground, perfectly preserved and practicable.

The Fortress, still used for military exercises,è open to the public and a venue for cultural events.


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Via della Fortezza (museo)
19038 Sarzana


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