Castello Malaspina in Massa

The Castello Malaspina is located on a hilltop overlooking the city of Massa itself, the countryside and even the coastline. It owes its name to the family who had it constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries. Part of the castle is now being used as a museum.

Castello Malaspina Massa

Useful information

Address: Via del Forte, 15 – 54100 Massa. Phone: +39 370 3433951. Opening times: From 10:30 till 13:00 and from 17:30 till 20:00 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays till 23:00). Closed: Mondays. Ticket price: 7,50 Euros (ages 18-25: 5 Euros). (Note that prices and times may be subject to change.)

History and description

Castello Malaspina Massa
The Castello Malaspina at night

The Castello Malaspina or Rocca Malaspina was built by the Malaspina family. For its construction, an already existing medieval fortress was used.

The first nucleus of this fortress dates back to the 11th century, the oldest part being the mastio (“keep”), which was partly dug out into the rock.

Before the original castle became property of the Malaspina (1442), it had been destroyed a couple of times, first by Conrad III of Svevia and later by nearby Lucca.

The residence of the family, which is part of the complex, was built during the Renaissance period. The polychrome facade of this mansion is graced by a loggia and by sumptuously decorated windows. It interiors are frescoed.

The courtyard is asymmetrical.

What to see

The main reason for visiting is to stroll on the walkway, enjoying the beautiful panoramic views.

Castello Malaspina, Massa

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