Castiglione del Terziere Castle:
VI century castle, seat of the Niccolò V Humanistic Studies Center
Castiglione del Terziere Castle is located in the locality of the same name in the municipality of Bagnone. It was built between the 6th and 7th centuries on ancient Byzantine settlements. In about 1200 the castle passed under the jurisdiction of the Malaspina family and towards the middle of 1300 Franceschino Malaspina renewed its architecture.
The initial structure consisted of a keep, a square-based tower and a wall, to which Franceschino had a new wing used as a residence and a cylindrical tower added with an extension.
In 1400 the castle passed under the control of Florence, who established the Captaincy of Justice and the residence of some officials there.
In 1969 Castiglione del Terziere Castle was bought by the philanthropist Loris Jacopo Bononi, who over the years made the castle a center for collecting and studying artifacts of Lunigiana. In fact, in 1973 the castle became the seat of the “Centro di Studi Umanistici Nicoloò V”, an institution that deals with the study and dissemination of topics concerning the Lunigiana. The castle’s magnificent library houses codices, manuscripts and printed books from the 14th century to the present. There you will find numerous history and literature texts by authors or topics on the Lunigiana.
Since the death of Loris Jacopo Bononi in 2012, Raffaella Paoletti, a scholar of art and literature and wife of Bononi, has been carrying out the promotion of Lunigiana culture in the world, making her castle available for cultural events.
How to reach Castiglione del Terziere Castle
From Villafranca in Lunigiana follow the signs for Monti di Licciana. Continue on the road for about 5km, when on your left you will find the sign indicating the town of Castiglione del Terziere. The Castle is located in the highest part of the ancient medieval village of Castiglione.
Nearby you can find
Borgo di Castiglione del Terziere, Borgo di Bagnone, Castello di Bagnone, Museo Archivio della Memoria, Castello di Corlaga, Pozze di Corlaga, Bozzi di Vico Valle, Bozzi di Treschietto, Cascata del Torrente Acquetta, Anguillara, Conca del Merizzo, Museo Etnografico della Lunigiana, Castello di Malgrate.