The Malaspina Castle
A “must see” attraction is the Malaspina Castle in Massa on the top of a rocky hill which overlooks the sea and offers a breathtaking view of the town and the coast.
The massive fort museum is composed of three distinct units which bear traces of different historical periods: the Medieval donjon or mastio, which is the most ancient part and was built partially in the rock, the Renaissance Palace and the mighty walls.
The Renaissance palace was the Malaspina marquises’ dwelling since 1442 when they became masters of Massa up to the court moving to the Ducal Palace.
It features remarkable frescoes both in its inner rooms and on the facades, windows embellished with marble decorations and an open gallery.
The bastions system was built between the XVI-XVIIth centuries.
After the unity of Italy the castle became a prison up to 1946.