Castles and forts in Serchio Valley

Castles and forts in Serchio Valley

A tour of some 'gems' of the Serchio Valley

A tour of the forts and fortresses in Serchio Valley takes the visitor back in time to the Medieval period. Due to its important strategic position, the Garfagnana area has been a much sought after and fought over territory throughout history. Its rich and turbulent history is clearly visible today in its many forts, castles and walled towns.


There is much to see and do in terms of architecture and culture, such as a visit to the Ariostesca Fort in Castelnuovo and the marvellous fort at Mont’Alfonso.


The area’s many forts and fortresses are all fascinating to visit, although the fort at Mont’Alfonso is perhaps the most impressive. It has been recently re-built to look exactly how it would have been when it was first constructed.


A great deal of attention was paid to the minute details during the restoration work, to make it one of the biggest and most complete in the area. It’s impossible to come to Garfagnana without paying a visit to Verrucole Fort, which is less impressive than Mont’Alfonso, but still a fascinating sight to behold.


Here’s a list of the most important forts in the area:


Mont’Alfonso: Castelnuovo Garfagnana tel. 0583 643201 fax 0583 643877


Fortezza delle Verrucole: San Romano Garfagnana tel. 0583 613181 Borgo fortificato di Castiglione Garfagnana tel. 0583 69911


Rocca di Ceserana: Fosciandora tel. 0583 662040


Rocca di Castelnuovo Garfagnana: tel. 0583 65169


Torre di Sillico: Comune di Pieve Fosciana tel. 0583 65169


(Fonte: Lucca Tourist Information Office)