The spaces
The majestic access door with a sharp-pointed arch leads us into the charm of the past and the history of Castello dell’Aquila.
Typical independent defensive structure generally sheltered by a gate of a major fortification, is the part in front of the main body of the Castle. It is the first access space from the majestic front door. Having become a kind of hanging garden, it dominates the valley below and you can notice the remains of an échauguette (or bartizan) where the sentry stood.
The remains of the circular bastion which served as reinforcement and defense, still retain the presence of the slots that allowed to hit the enemy while being sheltered. It is connected with the ravelin and protrudes on the embankment at the foot of the castle.
The place where in old times the ammunitions were guarded for the defense of the castle is today a fascinating area beneath the Barbican with the original structures of that time.
The small church with a perfectly preserved barrel ceiling is located in the entrance vestibule of the Castle. Above the access door you can admire a 17th century fresco, the only one left in the Castle and portrays the Holy Cross. Inside there are three large canvases by the contemporary painter Carletti depicting scenes from the life of Christ.
Outside the church the visitor is welcomed by the panoramic view of the courtyard of arms which overlooks the ancient sixteenth-century loggia on the main floor of the castle and the soaring guard tower, entirely rebuilt with the original materials recovered on site.
Located on a lower floor than the Courtyard of Arms and obtained from the oldest foundation of the castle, the stone-walled room and the intimate and cozy atmosphere let you glimpse the remains of the barrel vault and its mighty architecture.
At the base of the imposing tower in which the nine spacious rooms were built, the largest salon of the castle is located. The height of the walls, the remains of the arches and the niche of an ancient well make it fascinating and very impressive.
This is the unique hall of the castle, together with the chapel, that has preserved its original, full-length ceiling offering perfect acoustics for musical and specific events.
The two current arches are evidence of what remains of the imposing loggia of the past that adorned the access to the main floor of the castle. The entrance door to the residential part was built in 1476 on the occasion of the wedding between the Marquis Leonardo III Malaspina and Aurante Orsini, sister-in-law of Lorenzo the Magnificent, and in fact bears the coats of arms of the two families inserted in a frame carved with floral motifs. The small balcony overlooking the courtyard of arms offers an evocative overview of the ancient walls.
A warm homey environment dominated by a large fireplace is the pulsating heart of the building. Illuminated by large windows overlooking the valleys, it is the place where the delicious dishes for the castle guests are prepared: authentic Lunigiana flavors mixed with contemporary accents, to give travelers a home-like atmosphere away from home.
The piano nobile of the residence is occupied by the living room, a relaxing place elegantly furnished with an eclectic style that allows guests to relax in the company of a book or listening to good music.
The fireplace room, used as a dining room, was formerly the private room of the Marquis Iacopo Malaspina, obtained from the demolition of the large porch that overlooked the Courtyard in 1542. It still retains an ancient fireplace bearing the coat of arms of the family.
Adjacent to the fireplace room is the ovens room with the reconstruction of what was supposed to be the bread ovens where bread was prepared for the castle dwellers. Breakfast is served in this welcoming setting, prepared every morning in the inn's kitchen.
A corner of peace with views over the woods and the peaks of the Apuan Alps. A place set between the tower and the residential part of the castle, where you can dine in the moonlight.
A fascinating part of the castle, where you can still see intact the walkway of the patrol and the Guelph and Ghibelline battlement. Historical stratifications and various interventions still retain the remains of what the castle was and of its evolution over the centuries.
The Tower dominates with its massive structure the inner courtyard. With its quadrilateral shape and its four floors (three internal plus a fourth one covering - originally the ceilings were in stone with barrel vault, now rebuilt in wood) is one of the largest in Lunigiana and the first traces date back to the 13th century .
The most extraordinary point of the Castle: the tower with its Belvedere terrace, allowing a 360 ° view of the valleys, the surrounding hills and the peaks of the Apuan Alps. A unique sun-kissed place, caressed by winds, away from the noise of daily life in a magical and evocative setting.

Castello dell’Aquila – Loc. Castel dell’Aquila, 1 – 54013 Gragnola di Fivizzano (MS) Lunigiana – Northern Toscana - Tel. +39 389 164 3958 – info@castellodellaquila.it