Filattiera is a fortified hilltop settlement of Byzantine origin, dominated by its castle tower, church and medieval piazza. Its name comes from the Byzantine term “Fulacterion: meaning “watch tower” thereby signifying its strategic position as an enemy watch post. At the bottom of the hill, its parish church, the Romanic Church of Sorano, Logarghena and the local church, La Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista.Twice a year, the church hosts a procession of the cross with band music along the road leading to Tarasco.
Both Bagnone and Magrate are hill top settlements dominated by their Malaspina castles. The Malgrate castle was built in 1355 and has been recently restored. Based on a rock above the river, Bagnone has several watermills and was historically fought over for its strategic position on the crossroads between the Appennines and Lucca/Bolano. Just outside Bagnone, there is another village worth visiting with its eleventh century castle, Castiglione del Terziere which has also been perfectly restored.
Historic capital of the right bank of the River Magra of the Malaspina dello Spino Secco rule, Mulazzo is situated high above the Mangiona stream and hosts the BancarelVino fair where visitors can enjoy wine tasting of the local vineyards. Of Byzantine origin, attractions to see include the octagonal “Tower of Dante”, the ruins of the Malaspina castle, the arcades of a fifteenth century aqueduct and the Alessandro Malaspina Research Centre. The neighboring villages of Castevoli, Lusuolo, Groppoli and Montereggio have further castles to explore and other attractions such as the eighth century Romanic Church of S. Martino, the medieval Monastery of the “Madonna del Monte” and the home of the original booksellers to whom the literary prize “Premio Bancerella” is dedicated (Montereggio).
Town dominated by the Brunella fortress (XV-XVI century), now seat of the Museum of Lunigiana Natural History (phone 0187 409077 ). In the surrounding area: the village of Bibola with its winding structure and with the ruins of an imposing castle (XII-XIII), and the walled medieval village Caprigliola with the cylindrical Tower (XII century).
It is surrounded by the walls of the village, where sea and mountains seem very close to each other, and is dominated by the Malaspina castle (XIV-XVII). To visit: the church of S. Remigio (1367) with its panoramic location. In the surrounding area: Caniparola and the Malaspina villa, Luni, Sarzana and Cinque Terre.