Thanks once again to http://visittuscany.com  for this snippet on one of Lunigiana’s fascinating castles.

A nice tour of the castles in Tuscany is what you need to feel like you’re in a fairy tale and smell the past aura. After all, who among us as a child never wanted to live in a castle? Visiting a castle means entering the culture, history and traditions of an area. Tuscany offers many opportunities, one of which is Castello di Malaspina in Fosdinovo (Massa Carrara area)

Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo began to be built in 1340 by the will of the Malaspina family on defence towers already existing before 1200. It is considered to be one of the best preserved castles of Lunigiana with its four round towers, a semi-circular rampart, courtyards, patrol trenches above the roof, hanging gardens, galleries and an ancient defensive wall.

Through the elegant Renaissance porch with stone columns you can enter the rooms of the castle, which were decorated and painted in the late 1800s. Beside these, inside you can find antique furniture, paintings, instruments of torture and… the ghost of a beautiful girl who died for love! From the walkways you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Tyrrhenian Sea from Cinque Terre to Versilia.