Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark

Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark, San Romano in Garfagnana: Hours, Address, Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark Reviews: 5/5

Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark

Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
It goes without saying that the word Verrucole, coming from the Italian verruca (wart), easily explains the choice of the rocky and unapproachable spot for the building of the fortification. A few ruins dating back to the Bronze Age and to a medieval hamlet have been found on the whinstone mountain where the fortress was raised. During the Middle Ages the territory of the “Curia delle Verrucole” was administered by the counts Gherardinghi, the local feudatory, then it was passed to the Republic of Lucca, the Malaspina family and since the sixteenth century to the Este family.The present features of the fortress probably go back to two periods governed by the Este dynasty, the age of Marquis Leonello (about 1450) and Alfonso II (about 1564). For more than four hundred years this fortress, which had a strategic location for the whole valley, was part of the duchy of Modena and the ancient province of Garfagnana. It is said that originally this complex had two towers, each one having its own castellan with guards protecting the two rocks, named the Round Rock and the Square Rock, placed at two opposite ends of the hill. The Round Rock with its still visible Ghibelline battlements, supports the present polygonal tower, which replaced a cylindrical tower, which is now visible after the recent excavations. The Square Rock is still evident in some traces in the vicinity of the north-eastern bulwark and it was defended by a semicircular tower and a north-oriented building. Coming from the old “Porta Piana”, which still retains its gatehouse and embrasure, it is now possible to visit the left battlement, the casemate and the bulwarks facing the majestic mountain “Pania di Corfino”. On the opposite side, next to the entrance of the casemate the scene continues with the ruins of the storehouse and the recently reconstructed quarters of the guard. Furthermore, rising on the hill of the Round Rock it is not possible to miss the old chapel and the partially restored tower. Any diligent observer will notice on the left hand side of the stone stairs the narrow “Porta del Soccorso”, a traditional emergency exit for the castles. From the north gate it is possible to enter into the “Orto del comandante”, containing a few service buildings, a rainwater tank and the gunpowder tower, struck by a thunderbolt and exploded in 1683.
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Jannie
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Do not visit on Mondays - no activities
Jul 2019 • Family
We went to see the castle today Monday. After entering we realize that the activities are only open Tuesday to Sunday. We could not read this forehand on the internet and we were not told of the limited opening when entering. Very disappointing!
Written July 22, 2019
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erikatanith
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK38 contributions
Amazing day trip
Jun 2019 • Couples
I’d seen all the five star reviews and wasn’t convinced, but figured we’d have a look anyway. So very glad we did! We parked at Verrucole (following the signs and ignoring the satnav) and walked the much easier than anticipated walk up to the fortress. The views are stunning and the renovations on the fort are fantastic. The little domed building was well decked out with medieval decor, and the guide was full of information. There are lots of rooms to explore, and a few gifty things to buy on the top floor. We had beer and lunch at the tavern inside the walls; the food, drink, and service were excellent. I absolutely cannot fault Fortezza delle Verrucole. Best five euro I’ve spent this holiday (although when you add on the medieval wine, comic book, cook book, lunch, and trinkets it’s probably more, but I’m not counting!).
Written June 7, 2019
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mark c
Hemel Hempstead, UK104 contributions
History brought to life
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is an amazing venue - despite the hard walk up to it if the train isn’t running - when docents in themed costumes bring history to life. Diego was knowledgable, interesting and enthusiastic to share his knowledge - I look forward to a return in the Summer
Written January 1, 2019
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Veecomp
107 contributions
Fantastic
Dec 2018 • Couples
My cousins who live nearby suggested we visit this fortress. Unbelievable! So interesting & so well preserved. The climb up was definitely worth it but be warned - very steep!!!
Thank you Diego who was our guide for the day & despite being amongst a group of Italians, took the time to translate what he was saying into English so we could follow. A great day.
Written December 31, 2018
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jeannepoulsen
Copenhagen, Denmark105 contributions
Great place for all ages
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is a Great place for all ages. There is a parking lot at the button for free. And then you walk up - it is up-Hill, but not a problem. It cost 5€ to Enter the castle Per adult. There are Great views of the Mountains and you can Enter the tower and see how people lives There. There is a cafe within the castle area too.
Written August 24, 2018
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Thank you for your visit and your opinion. See you soon!
Written September 12, 2018
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SFMarian
San Francisco, CA82 contributions
Excellent fortress, well preserved and interesting
Aug 2018 • Family
We visited with her teenage children – a good activity on a hot day, as it is high up in the valley and therefore cooler. There is a little train that just started service, which makes the steep walk not necessary. It’s a little rickety – but an adventure and we did not feel unsafe. This operation is run by the community and provides jobs and opportunities for the locals –
Written August 9, 2018
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Thank you for your visit and opinion, we are happy you enjoyed all! See you soon!
Written August 13, 2018
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Retiredcouple_11
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
Great restoration and guides
Jul 2018 • Couples
We visited this excellent restored 12th to 14th century fortress a few days ago and were really impressed by the wonderful work done over the last 10 years. EU and Commune grant money paid for the restoration and a voluntary local group manages the site. The regular tours of the castle keep by an enthusiastic and well informed guide was fantastic. We'd really recommend this site.
Written July 23, 2018
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Thank for your visit and for your opinion! See you soon!!!
Written August 13, 2018
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TheBeckhams421
London, UK116 contributions
The best €5 you’ll ever spend
Jul 2018 • Couples
We fetched up here having done very little research. A short steep hike takes you to the entrance where we were greeted by a very friendly English-speaking girl in costume who was hand-making traditional woollen items. We climbed up to the top of the keep and met Diego the costumed-interpreter and expert historian (also speaks English). Could have listened to him all day. Because he works with school groups he understands how to make things interesting for adults. Lots of displays from pigments to medical instruments, spices and long bows. You learn a lot without even realising it. Dragged ourselves away from him to lunch in the cafe. Cool local cider, with delicious artisan cheeses, prosciutto and salami. Would be a fabulous visit for anyone. The castle had been sensitively and tastefully restored.
Written July 3, 2018
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This is the kind of opinion that gives us emotions reading them thank you, truly. It was pleasant to meet you, and spend that time together. Hope to see you soon again! Giulia&Diego
Written July 18, 2018
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Martha D
Alvarado, TX140 contributions
Now I Understand Fortress Life
Oct 2017 • Couples
Walking up the steep path to this Medieval fortress starts the adventure. Way up there are steep rock walls where you can imagine volleys of arrows, buckets of oil and catapulted rocks coming down on our heads. The chapel halfway up has the most amusing sign I've ever seen. Don't miss it!
Upon arrival, it keeps getting better. Life in the compound with the weapons stored on the walls, the clothing on the line, even the 2 kinds of thrones swept us back in time. The docents and cafe staff dressed in period costumes were all helpful and so nice, but don't expect much English spoken. You are off the beaten path, way up in northwest Tuscany hills. It's so worth the trip, especially if you get to meet the monk, who is really an angel.
Written January 9, 2018
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Paul S
Gig Harbor, WA107 contributions
One of our best day trips
Apr 2017 • Couples
I have a new item to put on my list of top things to see when visiting Montecarlo and the Lucca area: the Fortress of Verruccole of San Romano in Garfagnana. The reason it’s so special is that it’s not just an imposing restored medieval fortress on a hilltop in one of the most beautiful valleys in Italy. It’s greater appeal is the knowledge, passion and personality of the docents, who have a stated goal to inform people about the middle ages and to ‟captivate the attention and convey a documented knowledge without boring or numbing tourists with dates or pompous words.”
The fortress dates back to the 10th century and is impressive both in its imposing position and large size, but the most interesting aspect is that it’s an ‟archeopark” dedicated to teaching and demonstrating with interactive displays what life was like in the 12th century.
Written December 26, 2017
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