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Address: Via alla Fortezza | Senza Numero Civico, 19038 Sarzana, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0187 622080
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It's an imposing military fortification erected on the hill of Sarzana...

It's an imposing military fortification erected on the hill of Sarzana, and it overlooks the Magra Valley. Nowadays it's one of the symbol of the town.Known also as castracani, the fortress is composed by two main elements: the former is just the castle with its three bastions on the top, the latter is composed by a fortified embankment. Both the former and the latter form a kind of quad. Rich in charm, the structure undoubtedly deserves to be visited by those people who love culture.

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It domites Sarzana and it gives an idea of the town history; great views and sometimes host of interesting events; the fortress is really a syìmbol of this lovely and lively... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2011
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I'm old ruin, castles and fortresses lover, but this was really nothing special. Definitely it was nothing for 7 euros *2 adults*. Maybe with medieval festival it would be better, but there is really not much to see and the view is really not breathtaking. Next time we would just stay outside.

Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The architecture of the old roman fort is amazing there is a small fee to have a look around but even if you check it out from outside it is well worth a look

Fairbanks, Alaska
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Fortezza di Sarzanello is situated on a small hill just behind the city of Sarzana. It's not very far and you can walk up there: not too far or steep. It's quite nice and the view excellent but nothing compared to real castles...

Klagenfurt, Karnten, Austria
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Not too many visitors :-) Cool fortress, but the other fortress outside of town is much more interesting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is a bit of a hidden gem! I grew up seeing this mirage .. Suspended high in the sky .. Golden at sunset and in moonlight. I make a point of taking all my guests staying at my 13th Century Tower Torre Fiorita to see this Fortress which dates even earlier. My secret pleasure is to buy the local... More 

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Sarzana, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is not one the most known castle in the sorrounding area...and it's a pity! The place is very beautiful and very good preserved. You can visit the whole castle and the musuem and appreciate the sensetional view from this very high position: during very clear days it's possible to see and take pictures of Corsica island!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

just returned from a week in sarzana italy ,central place to stay.walked the cinque terre ,visited pisa ,la spezia and different places.train was cheap and took us everywere we wanted to go.jumped the bus 1 day but road works held us up on hot and sticky bus for ages.we rented a house which was lovely and had everything we needed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

It domites Sarzana and it gives an idea of the town history; great views and sometimes host of interesting events; the fortress is really a syìmbol of this lovely and lively Ligurian town. A vist of Srazana is really must even fro those who stay in Cinque Terre and in the Poets' Gulf especially in August when the streets of... More 


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