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Casetelnuovo Garfagnana

Castelnuovo is the most important city of Garfagnana and of part of the high Serchio Valley.

The town lies between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, thus offering the opportunity to enjoy wonderful views.

Its geographic location is very convenient because it is just a few kilometres (about 40) away from Versilia and from the city of Lucca, a jewel of the artistic Tuscany.

The first evidence of the existence of the city date back to 740 AD when Castelnuovo is cited as a small village. About a century later there is documentation that the city had been equipped with walls, symbol of moving to be a proper city.

Here there are listed the main artistic attractions, making Castelnuovo an interesting and pleasant place for a holiday immersed in nature and culture.

The Rocca (fortress) of the ancient city, built in the elevnth century, has been amended several times over the centuries and today has strong Renaissance features.

During the World Wars, the city was bombed so the building were inevitably damaged, including the ancient Rocca.

Another valuable artistic monument of Castelnuovo is the Cathedral, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. It was built around 900 AD, but in 1500 a new church, the one we can see nowadays, was built on the old Romanesque one.

Montalfonso Fortress, built in the late sixteenth century by Duke Alfonso, is located on a hill near the city. There are still well preserved the long wall with seven turrets built according to the slope of the land.

It is possible to follow a path called the “Sentieri dell’Ariosto” to discover the vegetation and the peculiarities of the territory around the fortress.

Alfieri Theatre is another interesting monument. It was built around 1850 and today is considered the most important theatre in the Serchio Valley.

Of significant value it is the Archaeological Museum, containing many findings of the Upper Serchio Valley. The finds are mainly referring to the Mesolithic period (8000 – 4500 BC) and to the Iron Age, with important evidence relating to life these areas.

The museum has been deliberately set in an educational way so to enable people to understand the most important features of such a past times.

Photos from the Albums of: samuelviani and aldoaldoz.

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