Castle dell'Aquila
Castle dell'Aquila
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A medieval castle set in the heart of Lunigiana (Tuscany), once a feud of the Malaspina family. Declared national monument by decree of historical cultural heritage, is also a venue that offers the possibility of overnight stay and dine, tasting the traditional menu of the territory.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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ChangeGuru
Marsden, UK241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
In the middle of nowhere (well, the village of Gragnola in the Fivizzano district of Italy) perched high atop an incredible hill surrounded by dense natural forest sits an incredible fortress type restored castle. What a find! An absolute gem. Treat it like your home, says Andrea Facchinato, the resident custodial manager. Your home? As if owning a castle feels normal...

It’s a delight... 9 bedrooms with en suite facilities complete this property along with battlements, rooftop hideaways, it’s own church, halls and lounges. The food? Local produce, magnificently served. It’s the kind of place a Hollywood celebrity would rent out in its entirety and have a few friends over. Without the Hollywood pricing! The rooms, peak season, are no more expensive than an average London hotel. The food isn’t cheap, but is sensational and therefore considering it’s quality, the setting and the service... it’s absolutely priced fairly and appropriately. We loved it. There’s a 14th century buried Knight, inscriptions on the walls and a castle tour which is absorbing...

It felt like, dare I say it...we owned a castle...

We stayed one night, on a scheduled travel trip around the region, and should have stayed a week. It’s that good. Best tip? Pack very light. You don’t want to drag your heavy case to the top of your private turret. Yes: you read that right.
Written July 4, 2019
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SilviaSx
Barcelona, Spain66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Thanks Gabriela for a fanstastic tour! The castle is absolutely beautiful and full of history, it is renovated but the essence remains.
Written October 16, 2016
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Motorninja
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We went for a show with eagles, owls etc... Got a tour of the castle and they organized a small food tasting with regional cheeses and meat... And wine of course. It was lovely and the castle tour guide knew his castle's history perfectly. We will be sure to return again, also for the great overall view on the roof of the castle!
Written July 9, 2018
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CZProf
Eugene, OR13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
A hard place to find with a bumpy unpaved road up to the castle - you wouldn't want it any other way. My wife and I spent three nights there (not enough) and it was, without a doubt, our favorite accommodation in all of Italy. Drop dead beautiful location an hour from the Cinque Terre; haunting, medieval history of slain knights and royalty; gracious attention to detail and guests' needs, and artfully prepared local cuisine by Andrea. We would return in a heartbeat.
Written March 17, 2018
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Gallio182
Woodland Park, CO469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Yes, the drive up to the castle is narrow, and in spots unpaved, but it's a hilltop castle. We were rewarded for the drive with a one hour plus private tour of an amazing structure. This has been a 'labor of love' for one woman for the passed 19 years (at age 75 she says this may be her last). The explanation of the 700-year-old skeleton uncovered by workers was amazing. A messenger (based on leg structure), from the north (based on size), murdered (based on hasty burial) with an arrow to the mouth (based on the arrow still being in place), was incredible.
The view from the ramparts of the castle are the best we've seen in this region. It is secluded, it is hard to get to, it does cost 5 Euro, but it is well worth it if you have any interest in history at all. It feels like you can hear the 'ancient ones' whisper as you turn each corner. In my opinion this is an 'undiscovered' attraction that's been painstakingly restored from near ruble, in an 'under visited' area of Tuscany.
Written September 17, 2016
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Brian B
Gisborne, Australia77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
Once arrived in the small town, the signage to the castle is very poor and the road was overgrown with grass, at first we didn't think we were on the right track but we stopped and asked for directions.

The castle is amazing and the work that the host has done is very good and a credit to her. She does speak enough English to get by. The tour is very informing and interesting. However there is very little food and the breakfast is non existent, if she did a simple cooked breakfast it would have been great. If going take some snacks...
Written May 26, 2016
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Ruth L
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
My husband and I stayed at the Castle with Gabriella. What an amazing place, the rooms are fantastic and we enjoyed an evening meal with Gabriella and Merion. Travelling to Gragnola in June this year and will be staying at the Castle again only for a few more nights this time. Cannot express what a wonderful experience it was to stay at the Castle and what a gracious host Gabriella is. I am glad to read that Luni (the dog) is still at the castle too.
Written March 11, 2013
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Juliusal
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012
I went to Castello dell'Aquila with a friend from the States last April, before I was there 30 years ago visiting the old remains of the Castle. Gabriella, the owner, did a great work and made an excellent "New Castle" with guest rooms! Go there to visit and stay for a week end to enjoy and spend some days in the Past centuties
Written November 1, 2012
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Kiran H
London, UK70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Business
Its worth a visit and doesnot require too much time unless on art or photography activity holiday.There is one small restaurant which serves for a light lunch and drinks and coffee etc
Written September 6, 2017
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wireless_9
toscana37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
An historical castle restored with incredible care and love. From the highest point you can enjoy one mindblowing view of the region.
Written June 3, 2016
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