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Don’t miss the tunnels

Firstly I must say check the hours before you go, it shut at 1.00pm for the day on our midweeek... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2018
Marton, United Kingdom
I love this fortress! Just beware the opening hours

This is such a cool fort! You can go up in the tower and tower rooms and all the way under to the... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2016
Genoa, Italy
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Sep 7, 2018
“Don’t miss the tunnels”
Nov 18, 2018
“An amazingly well preserved example of medieval fortress”
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...more
Via alla Fortezza | Senza Numero Civico, 19038, Sarzana, Italy
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

Worth a detour. It sits on top of the small medieval town of Sarzana, which used to be an important stopover on the Via Francigena (the road to France) in the Middle Ages. very well preserved, impressive building

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank GPS001
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Firstly I must say check the hours before you go, it shut at 1.00pm for the day on our midweeek visit but I believe it does reopen at 5.00 pm on certain days. Great views from the tower and the underground tunnels are a bit...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank oddbod1808
Reviewed September 3, 2017

Sarzana and its fortresses are very beautiful and impressive.The fortress hosts a museum. I can recommend a visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank GertVermeulen
Reviewed July 29, 2016

We found this one really astounding! It's so massive! The walls, the towers and the trench. Wonderful view of the valley. So unfortunate that it seems to be true what other people said here before: we were there at 10:30 (when it was supposed to...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 1, 2016

This is such a cool fort! You can go up in the tower and tower rooms and all the way under to the tunnels and rooms beneath the fort. Its being maintained but not restored or updated so it feels very authentic. Its not a...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed May 1, 2016

It was just a perfect outing for a quick walk to stretch the legs. It's on the steeper side for a climb, but well worth it. Little hot dog stand with cold drinks at the back. Staff does their best to be helpful.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Katherine K
Reviewed February 2, 2016

the fortress of Sarzanello is a great piece of Italian history. The place is mentioned in old chronicles and even in a celebration poem written at the court of Lorenzo De' Medici (the Magnificent). There would be a great deal to talk about and discover...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed December 10, 2015

Situated at the highest point in the town, this little fort provides some great views of the landscape and buildings below. Exploring the several floors and sub levels will take an hour or two. There's a mini museum style display at the main level and...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Ben R
Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

I visited the place during a gaming fair. It is a nice place for a couple of hours trip and afternoon picnic with children: they will love the feeling of being in a castle - walls, arrow slits, stairs - while the simple layout means...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank dundacil
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....More

Date of experience: June 2015
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Evan B
July 18, 2016|
Response from Katherine K | Reviewed this property |
The opening times are different depending upon the season - now, it looks like 10am - 17:00. Enjoy! Worth the hike!!