Castelnuovo Magra Castle

Castelnuovo Magra, Italy

Castelnuovo Magra is mainly known for its ancient castle which was once the capital of the Bishop of Luni's domain. The castle had been originally built in the 12th century by Bishop Walter and then later completed by Henry of Fucecchio who developed the Code Pelavicino. Quite a lot of changes and additions have been made to the castle over the centuries. Today, visitors can see the remains of the large ancient walls, the masonry sections of the original castle and the large tower which had a rectangular plan.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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# Saturnina (2 years ago)
Visitato ieri Nell occasione del "bandiere arancioni" touring club. Iniziativa decisamente meravigliosa per scoprire il nostro territorio, in collaborazione con i ragazzi delle scuole medie.
Cipri Nechita-Boghici (2 years ago)
Rosanna Cossu (2 years ago)
Nel periodo estivo, il castello dei Vescovi di Luni diventa una cornice meravigliosa per un'unica rassegna di cinema di nicchia che inizia nella prima decade di Luglio di ogni anno, per finire un mese dopo.Inoltre questo patrimonio storico è testimone di molti eventi che hanno luogo in questo bel paese.Anche quest'anno, all'interno della Turris Magna abbiamo avuto ben due mostre fotografiche:Papi Merisio con il gioco,' salì d'argento a partire dagli anni 50 e La strada la lotta l'amore con maestri da piedistallo tali Uliano Lucas, Tano D'Amico e Letizia Battaglia.
Donatella Micheloni (2 years ago)
È un bellissimo Borgo, dalla cui piazza con castello si gode di un panorama favoloso. Si vede tutto il Golfo da Livorno a la Spezia e nelle giornate limpide si vedono anche le isole Elba, Capraiae la Gorgona. Veramente bello da visitare i oltre in una parte del Castello sono ospitare sempre delle mostre.
Stephan Damm (4 years ago)
Historic village with a fantastic view over the whole area around Castelnuovo Magra
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