The sad story of Bianca Maria Malaspina at the Fosdinovo Castle

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The walls of the ancient castle of di Fosdinovo, among the most beautiful Malaspina fortresses of Lunigiana, tell the story of the unfortunate Marquis Bianca Maria Aloisa, killed for her impossible love.

In the  Magra Valley village, some swear to have been shocked by the melancholy in the full moon at the sight of a woman wrapped in her long brown hair and pervaded by the light of the moon, walking the paths of the beautiful manor without finding peace.

That’s why nobody was too amazed when some restoration work on the castle, in a small underground cell, revealed the presence of the remains of a young woman, along with those of a dog and a wild boar. Certainly it was the remains of the Malaspina Marquisine Bianca Aloisa, killed by a paternal hand because of a deep and sincere love for the man who had not been assigned to her by the fate of noble and unhappy woman.

Who was Bianca  Maria Aloisa?



The Castle of Fosdinovo is the best preserved structure among the Malaspina’s fortified mansions. It was the defensive construction of the castro of Fosdinovo from the twelfth century, and from the fourteenth century it housed the residence of the Marquis of the flowery branch of the family, for its dominant position with an extraordinary view across the valley to the sea, was the base of his great fief of Lunigiana, and saw its fortunes alternate until the eighteenth century.

The Castle today is a museum, a cultural center dedicated to the production and dissemination of contemporary arts, a residence for artists and writers and also houses a small cozy and charming bed and breakfast.

Visiting times of the Fosdinovo Castle

The castle can be visited every day except on non-holiday Tuesdays.

Guided tours for groups of at least six people.

Night visits by reservation.

Summer time (1 May – 30 September): 11.00-12.00-15.30-16.30-17.30-18.30

Winter time (1 October – 30 April): 11.00-12.00-15.00-16.00-17.00


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