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Fortezza di Sarzanello

Via alla Fortezza | Senza Numero Civico, 19038, Sarzana, Italy
+39 0187 622080
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Sarzana and its fortresses are very beautiful and impressive.The fortress hosts a museum. I can... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017

We found this one really astounding! It's so massive! The walls, the towers and the trench... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2016
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It's an imposing military fortification erected on the hill of Sarzana, and it overlooks the Magra Valley. Nowadays it's one of the symbol of the town.Known also as castracani, the fortress is composed by two main elements: the former is just the castle with its three bastions on the top, the latter is composed by a fortified embankment. Both the former and the latter form a kind of quad. Rich in charm, the structure undoubtedly deserves to be visited by those people who love culture.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
3 Sep 2017
29 Jul 2016
Via alla Fortezza | Senza Numero Civico, 19038, Sarzana, Italy
+39 0187 622080
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Sarzana and its fortresses are very beautiful and impressive.The fortress hosts a museum. I can recommend a visit.

Thank GertVermeulen
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We found this one really astounding! It's so massive! The walls, the towers and the trench. Wonderful view of the valley. So unfortunate that it seems to be true what other people said here before: we were there at 10:30 (when it was supposed to...More

Thank suspekt8
Reviewed 1 July 2016

This is such a cool fort! You can go up in the tower and tower rooms and all the way under to the tunnels and rooms beneath the fort. Its being maintained but not restored or updated so it feels very authentic. Its not a...More

1  Thank Ayshaya
Reviewed 1 May 2016

It was just a perfect outing for a quick walk to stretch the legs. It's on the steeper side for a climb, but well worth it. Little hot dog stand with cold drinks at the back. Staff does their best to be helpful.

Thank Katherine K
Reviewed 2 February 2016

the fortress of Sarzanello is a great piece of Italian history. The place is mentioned in old chronicles and even in a celebration poem written at the court of Lorenzo De' Medici (the Magnificent). There would be a great deal to talk about and discover...More

Thank wolfigor
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Situated at the highest point in the town, this little fort provides some great views of the landscape and buildings below. Exploring the several floors and sub levels will take an hour or two. There's a mini museum style display at the main level and...More

Thank Ben R
Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

I visited the place during a gaming fair. It is a nice place for a couple of hours trip and afternoon picnic with children: they will love the feeling of being in a castle - walls, arrow slits, stairs - while the simple layout means...More

Thank dundacil
Reviewed 8 June 2015

I'm old ruin, castles and fortresses lover, but this was really nothing special. Definitely it was nothing for 7 euros *2 adults*. Maybe with medieval festival it would be better, but there is really not much to see and the view is really not breathtaking....More

Thank Danka_23
Reviewed 21 April 2015

The architecture of the old roman fort is amazing there is a small fee to have a look around but even if you check it out from outside it is well worth a look

Thank AP194R
Reviewed 19 November 2014

The Fortezza di Sarzanello is situated on a small hill just behind the city of Sarzana. It's not very far and you can walk up there: not too far or steep. It's quite nice and the view excellent but nothing compared to real castles...

Thank Ian V
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Evan B
18 July 2016|
Response from Katherine K | Reviewed this property |
The opening times are different depending upon the season - now, it looks like 10am - 17:00. Enjoy! Worth the hike!!