Fortezza Firmafede

Sarzana, Italy

In 963 AD Emperor Otto I granted to Adalberto Bishop of Luni ownership of the castrum Sarzanae, a fortified village where today the fortress of Sarzanello is located.

Cittadella or Fortezza Firmafede was the first fortress in the city built in 1249. It was destroyed by the Firenze army led by Lorenzo de Medici in 1487 and rebuilt after the war by Medici. It was reconquered by Genoa Republic in 1494.

Today the massive square form building is used as a venue for culture events and exhibitions.

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Founded: 1487
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Israt Jahan Tithy (7 months ago)
Loved it.So calm and peaceful.
Algis Baublys (12 months ago)
Great medieval castle
Pat Case (2 years ago)
Beautifully restored and kept! Worth the visit
Ma Ki (2 years ago)
Sarzana very beautiful
Georgi Bozhinov (2 years ago)
Nice place
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