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Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark

Frazione Verrucole, San Romano in Garfagnana, Italy
+39 340 358 6862
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Fantastic Views

A bit difficult to find as you have to take a small road off the main road that is not well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bev H
Province of Lucca, Italy
Delightful find

Absolutely loved it. Worth the walk up and fantastic little cafe that we had very good lunch at... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
London, United Kingdom
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It goes without saying that the word Verrucole, coming from the Italian verruca (wart), easily explains the choice of the rocky and unapproachable spot for the building of the fortification. A few ruins dating back to the Bronze Age and to a medieval hamlet have been found on the whinstone mountain where the fortress was raised. During the Middle Ages the territory of the “Curia delle Verrucole” was administered by the counts Gherardinghi, the local feudatory, then it was passed to the Republic of Lucca, the Malaspina family and since the sixteenth century to the Este family.The present features of the fortress probably go back to two periods governed by the Este dynasty, the age of Marquis Leonello (about 1450) and Alfonso II (about 1564). For more than four hundred years this fortress, which had a strategic location for the whole valley, was part of the duchy of Modena and the ancient province of Garfagnana. It is said that originally this complex had two towers, each one having its own castellan with guards protecting the two rocks, named the Round Rock and the Square Rock, placed at two opposite ends of the hill. The Round Rock with its still visible Ghibelline battlements, supports the present polygonal tower, which replaced a cylindrical tower, which is now visible after the recent excavations. The Square Rock is still evident in some traces in the vicinity of the north-eastern bulwark and it was defended by a semicircular tower and a north-oriented building. Coming from the old “Porta Piana”, which still retains its gatehouse and embrasure, it is now possible to visit the left battlement, the casemate and the bulwarks facing the majestic mountain “Pania di Corfino”. On the opposite side, next to the entrance of the casemate the scene continues with the ruins of the storehouse and the recently reconstructed quarters of the guard. Furthermore, rising on the hill of the Round Rock it is not possible to miss the old chapel and the partially restored tower. Any diligent observer will notice on the left hand side of the stone stairs the narrow “Porta del Soccorso”, a traditional emergency exit for the castles. From the north gate it is possible to enter into the “Orto del comandante”, containing a few service buildings, a rainwater tank and the gunpowder tower, struck by a thunderbolt and exploded in 1683.
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Frazione Verrucole, San Romano in Garfagnana, Italy
+39 340 358 6862
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit difficult to find as you have to take a small road off the main road that is not well signposted. However, when you get to the village, park up and then be prepared for the walk up. Definitely not suitable for anyone who...More

Thank Bev H
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Absolutely loved it. Worth the walk up and fantastic little cafe that we had very good lunch at . Really interesting information and enthusiastic and knowledgeable people working there. There was a small tour going on which ended with them firing the trebuchet . Amazing...More

Thank Saz64
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this restored fort, one hours' drive from where we are staying in Tuscany. A devoted couple have painstakingly restored the fort and made for an interesting and informative visit. We learnt a great deal. Heartily recommended.

Thank Bastille27
skinfaxi1986, Responsabile reception at Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thank you from the heart! For us is very pleasant that you understood the good of our project. Hope to see ypu soon again!

Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit. Painstakingly restored, beautiful and historically interesting. Breathtaking location with astonishing views. Highly recommended.

1  Thank dougM1962
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Stunning location, and brilliant guides. All 3 kids (11, 10, 3) really enjoyed this place as a break from being dragged around the cultural sights by their parents....

1  Thank Keith M
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We didn't join a guided tour but looked around ourselves. It's so well kept and with lots to see and try. Views are amazing and lunch in the tavern at the fort was delicious. A real medieval experience, highly recommnded.

Thank choj5
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We don't leave reviews for visits on holiday often but felt we really should for this castle as it was so well done. We picked it out of a list of possibilities at the end of a week in the Garfagnana area and were really...More

3  Thank blablablauk
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

What a spectacular place. The guided tour was absolutely brilliant from a bloke who really knew what he was talking about. His English wasn't bad either. I loved every moment of it and so did my 8 and 11 year olds. From being told why...More

Thank Amit K
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic A truly blast to the past Fantastic team passionate about their job. Great fortezza tour , good food on themselves at taverna, and great experience with archiere. To all team , keep up the good job

Thank rillonof
Reviewed 25 September 2015

It used to be a beautiful romantic ruin. Now a Theme park atmosphere Shame !I have heard it's a great wedding venue. Theres a great little bar in the main village lovely local food.More

1  Thank Patruke
skinfaxi1986, Direttore generale at Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2015

Receive your review hurts us and sincerely is also a bit fastidious, because we are almost sure that you didn't visit the Fortress at all to discover what it offers. Seems just you looked it from down, from that tavern (similar to many others around)...More

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