Thanks to the collaboration with local association, Farfalle in Cammino opens buildings which have a touristic cultural interesting and in this way they are accessible to the tourists and to the inhabitants of the territory. One of this buildings is Malgrate Castle.
Malgrate Castle, openings 2019:
Here the openings Summer 2019:
- From Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; – Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
August 2019 (including 15th August):
- Every day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ticket: 4 euro whole – 2,50 euro reduced
Malgrate Castle: yesterday and today
Malgrate castle was for centuries at the centre of military campaigns undertaken by the Malaspina family.
Occupying a strategic position linked to Bagnone, Filattiera and Villafranca, it was destroyed and rebuilt many times (most famously when it was destroyed in 1433 by Filippo Maria Visconti, to punish the Malaspinas for making alliances with the Florentines) until finally it was transferred to the Duke of Milan.
It passed in the 17th century to the Ariberti family from Cremona, who transformed the old fortress into a luxurious dwelling. Abandoned in the second half of the 19th century, the castle is now completely restored.
There are three main parts to the building: the principal tower, the living accommodation, and the surrounding walls. The tower is circular, about 25m high, with crenellations and corbels; it is similar to other castle towers in Lunigiana, for example at Bagnone and Treschietto. Built from rows of small sandstone blocks, in medieval times the tower had a raised entrance and an internal structure with wooden floors, later replaced by arched stone vaults decorated with coats of arms.
The living accommodation is rectangular; originally it had three or four floors, of which two remain. Along the external walls are slits for crossbows which protected the entire perimeter of the castle. The castle walls are trapezoid in shape; the drawbridge entrance dates from the 14/15th century, and there are buttresses and corner sentry boxes dating from the 17/18th century.