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Castello Malaspina Fosdinovo

Castello Malaspina Fosdinovo

Castello Malaspina Fosdinovo



Comune di Fosdinovo

The village of Fosdinovo is located in the historical region of Lunigiana, in Tuscany. Inhabited since prehistory, Fosdinovo experienced its golden age between the XIV and XVIII century, when it was the capital of an independent marquisate and was governed by the most important branch of the Malaspina dello Spino Fiorito family, whose marquis were imperial vicars in Italy. This strongly marked the architecture, the art and the local culture. The centre, which passed almost unscathed through the turbulence of the last few medieval centuries and the Tuscan sixteenth century, lived periods of prosperity, becoming so much rich that in 1666 the Holy Roman Empire authorized it to mint its own coins.

The altitude of the village, situated on the altimetric area of an internal hill, varies from a minimum of 20 m a.s.l. (which also represents the minimum altitude of Lunigiana) to a maximum of 951 m a.s.l., thus presenting an altimetric range of 931 meters. Fosdinovo is located on a central and dominant position in respect to each side and direction, only slightly more south to the territorial center of mass.

The patron saint of Fosdinovo is Saint Remigius since ages, the Bishop of Reims who converted Clovis I, king of the Franks, creating the requirements for evangelism in France and in the whole western Europe. Grapevine grows lush in Fosdinovo, on the slope of the mountain that overlooks the sea.

Locally they produce an excellent white wine, Vermentino fosdinovese or the Colli di Luni Bianco DOC and the Vino Bianco IGT Toscana. Among the red wines, instead, you can find the Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Cannaiolo, Colli di Luni Ross DOC, Vino Rosso IGT Toscana and the "Merla" (a biotype of Cannaiolo with a small dose of Colorino).

Among the typical dishes of the fosdinovese tradition we recall the Testarolo (fosdinovese variant), the castagnaccio and the pattone. The testaroli ("testaròi" in fosdinovese dialect) made in Fosdinovo differ from the lunigianesi ones for smaller size, different preparation and because they are not cut, seasoned and served in a dish, but they are filled with olive oil, pesto, grated pecorino cheese, mushroom sauce, salami, stracchino cheese or other things (also sweet food like hazelnut spread), rolled up and eaten like a sandwich. There is a feast dedicated to the testarolo on the fourth weekend of July in Fosdinovo. The castagnacci, instead ("castignà" in fosdinovese dialect), are one of the many typically fosdinovesi dishes where they use chestnut flour, scented with rosemary or blended with pine nuts and orange peel. You can try them for example at the Chestnut Festival that is held on the third Sunday of October. Finally, the pattone are dishes prepared with chestnut flour and water, cooked on chestnut leaves and served rolled up with ricotta cheese and/or hazelnut spread.

The Municipality of Fosdinovo
Province of Massa Carrara
Tuscany Region

inhabitants: 4.883
Altitude center: 500 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
Città dell'Olio
Villages of the Via Francigena
Paesi Bandiera Arancione
Strada del Vino Colli di Candia and Lunigiana

Fosdinovo, the only hamlet certified by the province of Massa Carrara, from the Middle Ages to the XVIII century was the small capital of an independent marquisate reigned by the noble family Malaspina that settled here at the beginning of 1300. All of this to say that here, as everywhere else in Lunigiana, you can breathe history, as the high walkway between the Ghibelline battlements of the castle allows you to enjoy this great location on the Val di Magra, where the village rises. Residence and political centre of the family, the Castle of Malaspina is the symbol and main attraction of Fosdinovo. The historical commemoration that takes place in July is not a usual reenactment of the Middle Ages, but a way to feel the stone's breathing, which lasts from seven hundred years, and actually more because the Malaspina restored and enlarged a castle which was already a couple of centuries old. In one of its rooms Dante Alighieri seemed to have found hospitality. Coming in places like this is a need. It is the desire to escape from the short time of appointments, of immediate deadlines, of the daily news, and enter into a long time, linked to the memory of those who lived here, in these houses, under these beams, between these walls. Here he is, Galeotto Malaspina, the lord of Fosdinovo: in his sepulchral monument of 1367, in the parish church dedicated to Saint Remigius, a French saint whose cult spread in Italy through the Via Francigena. Here is the building in which there was the old Mint. And there, the Malaspina Theatre with its inlaid wood boxes on which the dust of time lays down.

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Next or present Events

  • Castagnata a Fosdinovo

    Add to calendar 2017-11-05 2017-11-05 Europe/Rome Castagnata a Fosdinovo Fosdinovo Pro Loco (347-4881752) Fosdinovo

    Fosdinovo Pro Loco (347-4881752)

  • Pomo Rodelo's Feast

    Add to calendar 2017-11-12 2017-11-12 Europe/Rome Pomo Rodelo's Feast appreciated for its particular taste between the sweet and the sour, ripe has a very intense perfume and the pulp is consistent and white. Fosdinovo

    appreciated for its particular taste between the sweet and the sour, ripe has a very intense perfume and the pulp is consistent and white.

  • Christmas Concert at the end of the year.
    From 29-12-2017
    To 31-12-2017

    Add to calendar 2017-12-29 2017-12-31 Europe/Rome Christmas Concert at the end of the year. Fosdinovo

  • Feast of Pastoral Unity
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2018-01-01 2018-01-01 Europe/Rome Feast of Pastoral Unity Fosdinovo

  • Until the Heart of the Revolt. Resistance Festival
    From 20-04-2018
    To 01-05-2018

    Add to calendar 2018-04-20 2018-05-01 Europe/Rome Until the Heart of the Revolt. Resistance Festival Fosdinovo

  • Medieval Festival of Fosdinovo
    From 06-07-2018
    To 01-07-2018
    Historical reenactments

    Add to calendar 2018-07-06 2018-07-01 Europe/Rome Medieval Festival of Fosdinovo Fosdinovo

  • Until the Heart of the Revolt. Resistance Festival
    From 20-07-2018
    To 29-07-2018

    Add to calendar 2018-07-20 2018-07-29 Europe/Rome Until the Heart of the Revolt. Resistance Festival Fosdinovo

  • Representations of the Traveling Theater Gira Girò
    From 27-07-2018
    To 26-08-2018

    Add to calendar 2018-07-27 2018-08-26 Europe/Rome Representations of the Traveling Theater Gira Girò in all the locality of Fosdinovo. Fosdinovo

    in all the locality of Fosdinovo.

  • The Force of Smile. Cultural Festival
    From 24-08-2018
    To 26-08-2018

    Add to calendar 2018-08-24 2018-08-26 Europe/Rome The Force of Smile. Cultural Festival Fosdinovo

  • St. Remy's Feast
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-10-01 2018-10-01 Europe/Rome St. Remy's Feast Fosdinovo

Other Events

  • eBookFest. Event dedicated to digital publishing.
  • Moving Castle. Cultural event.
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