Let’s dig in some of Sarzana history

Sarzana main square

Sarzana can be easily reached by train or bus from the center of La Spezia, if you have a car you can get there in a short time and spend the night there.

The birth and development of Sarzana are likely to be linked with the decline of the Roman port of Luni, which around year 1000 was rapidly depopulated following the changed geographical conditions the formation of ponds and marshes, bearers of malaria).

For these reasons, the Luni people preferred to move into the nearby village of Sarzana, in rapid expansion.

In 1204 the Bishop Residence was transferred from Luni to Sarzana, to which Bishops guaranteed a relatively broad independence, before the city was subjected to the dominion of the various neighbor lords.
Castruccio Castracani, lord of Lucca, dominated the city from 1314 to 1328; after various events, which saw the Pisani, the Visconti, the Genoese and the Florentines contend for the domination of Sarzana, the latter, in 1487, led by Lorenzo the Magnificent, who defeated the Genovese.

Casa Bonaparte in Sarzana
Later Sarzana returned again under the rule of the “Superbe” Republic of Genoa, under which it remained for two centuries. This is why it became part of Liguria, despite its slightly different culture, architecture and traditions from the rest of Ligurian cities.
La Fortezza di Sarzanello - fonte wikipedia
Sarzana food, for example, is an evidence of the borderline nature of the city: influenced by Parma, from which over the centuries commerce roads of Lunigiana led to te sea right through Sarzana. Panigacci, Testaroli, the different kind of Focaccia bread are perhaps the strongest sign of a different Liguria identity in here.

To be mentioned, in the history of Sarzana, the date of 21 July 1921, which saw the city rise up against the fascist violence; bent but not defeated, Sarzana fiercely renewed its commitment to the anti-fascist struggle for liberation during fascism in many ways.

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