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Torre di Castruccio, Carrara

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  • Built in the XIV century, it was designed to protect the "Via Francigena": the way from Canterbury to Brindisi, used buy the Crusaders. Later, in the XIX century, it was used as a source for building ...  more »
  • There's not much to see. What remains of (originally) three towers before they demolished completely. Nevertheless, the visit is very rapid. so if you need a few minutes of can do.
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  • When you reach the town of Avenza, one has the impression of being in a recent expansion district, even in a suburban area. Therefore amazes the sudden appearance of a medieval castle, which stands majestically and lonely in the midst of old restored houses and tall buildings, surrounded by the road that runs around isolating it from the context. In fact the history of the village and its castle is very old, but its recent past has not done justice. His name apparently even derive its proximity to the River in the Celtic-Ligurian language (A-enza = River), for sure we know that the settlement was present in Roman times, but gained importance after the fall of Luni, becoming the most important port for trade. At that time, Avenza was in a strategic position, lapped by the sea and situated along the path before the via Emilia Scauri and then the via Francigena. Thus became an important station throughout the medieval period, both for sea traffic, both for the movement of people and goods between Rome and the rest of Europe. Of that ancient village remains only a tower of the Castle, attributed to Castruccio Castracani, but probably the result of many changes that have transformed the fortification with consecutive five interventions and seventeenth century, to adapt it to the use of firearms. In the second half of the 19th century the castle had lost all its function and that was how slowly dismembered to retrieve the stones with which to build the houses. One just in time to leave us the great massacre stopped lonely Tower as a witness of a glorious past. Today, in fact, the old traffic is replaced by a continuous flow of cars, now unable to surprise of many, important traces that history left us, in memory of the deep bond that makes the Lunigiana, a land of vast, with physical and geographical differences, but with a precise identity which is found in every smallest trace, although incorporated in modern urbanization. 
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  • Recommend to visit it at night with the lights that illuminate ... beautiful
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  • Last remaining Tower of the Fort, alone the Tower of Castruccio Castracani maintains its glory!
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