Malaspina Castle – Massa (MS)

Malaspina Castle – Photo © O’CC
Malaspina Castle – Photo © O’CC

The castle stands on the hill at the foot of the Apuan Alps.

The site was presumably occupied in the Late Middle Age by the Marchesi of Massa, although the earliest written documentation relevant to the castle dates back to the 12th century.

In the 15th century Massa became the property of the Marchesi Malaspina di Fosdinovo, who transformed the castle into a residence with important architectural work that lasted until the 17th century and included also restructuring the defensive parts.

The architectural complex, which at the end of the 19th century was finally transformed into a prison, remained such up to 1946, but today after a restoration, it consists of 3 distinct units: the sturdy walls, with their ramparts, walks and embrasures for the artillery, the residence and the keep.
Each of these elements shows signs of the various phases of constructions, development and modification.

The residential part is particularly interesting with a layout that follows the line of an elegant internal courtyard, and with some impressive frescoes both in the halls inside and on the facades of the building.

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Photo Ondablv

Practical information “Malaspina Castle – Massa”

Information Town Hall – tel.: 0585 490527
Istituto per la Valorizzazione dei Castelli
Opening times Open on Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to noon; on Sunday from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.15.00 (winter); every day, except Monday, from 9.30 to noon and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. (summer)
How to reach A12 Motorway Genoa-Leghorn exit Massa A-road 1 Aurelia Railway station: Massa Centro
Entrance ticket Adults 5 €
Free admission for people over 60
Reduced: 3 € for students (18-25 years old)

Where to stay in Massa

There are numerous high quality hotels, villas, apartments and agriturismi (Farm stays) available, check them out and make a reservation here.