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Brunella Fortress

Brunella Fortress

Massa-Carrara
It stands in a strategic position on a hill over the town of Aulla
Castel Sonnino

Castel Sonnino

Livorno
Castel Sonnino is situated on a headland on the sea, in the little town of Quercianella, not far away from the city of Livorno
Castello dei Malaspina

Castello dei Malaspina

Massa-Carrara
It is one of the most important complex in Tuscany and it can be considered an open air museum
Castello di Gargonza - Monte San Savino

Castello di Gargonza - Monte San Savino

Arezzo
The Castle of Gargonza is located 6 km from Monte San Savino. It is a medieval village surrounded by luxuriant woods
Castello di Montecchio - Castiglion Fiorentino

Castello di Montecchio - Castiglion Fiorentino

Arezzo
The castle sits on a hill (368 meters) near the town, towards Cortona
Castello di Montefugoni - Montespertoli

Castello di Montefugoni - Montespertoli

Florence
The castle was owned since 1160 by the powerful Acciaioli family, whose most famous member was Niccolò Acciaioli
Castello di Poppiano - Montespertoli

Castello di Poppiano - Montespertoli

Florence
The Poppiano Castle was an imposing medieval building with three rings of walls, built around the year 1000
Castello di Sonnino - Montespertoli

Castello di Sonnino - Montespertoli

Florence
The castle stands beside the village of Montespertoli and is owned by the Sonnino family, but it once belong to the Lords of Montespertoli
Castiglionalto (Castiglion Ghinibaldi) - Monteriggioni

Castiglionalto (Castiglion Ghinibaldi) - Monteriggioni

Siena
Despite many restorations, the castle demonstrates its medieval origins with the size of the walls and the style of the many openings
Civitella in Val di Chiana Fortress

Civitella in Val di Chiana Fortress

Arezzo
Built on a pre-existent settlement from the Etruscan-Roman age, Civitella fortress was used during the Lombard Kingdom rule as a means to control the territory thanks to its strategic position
Emperor's Castle

Emperor's Castle

Prato
It was built in the 1230s for Emperor Frederick II as a base for his representative in the city and as a way-station for imperial progresses between Germany and his domains in southern Italy
Fortezza Medicea - Volterra

Fortezza Medicea - Volterra

Pisa
From its commanding hilltop position the enormous Medici Fortress looks out over Volterra and the surrounding countryside
Fortezza Nuova

Fortezza Nuova

Livorno
It's a Military fortification of the XVI century
Fortezza Vecchia

Fortezza Vecchia

Livorno
It's a brick fortress sourrounded by canals
Fortress of Monteggiori

Fortress of Monteggiori

Lucca
It's one of the most charming villages in the Camaiore area
Fortress of Santa Barbara

Fortress of Santa Barbara

Pistoia
It was built by the Florentines in the first half of the fourteenth century during the reconstruction of the city walls
La Rocca - Palaia

La Rocca - Palaia

Pisa
This is the highest point of the town, an probably was the site of the Monsmagnifridum Castle mentioned in a document in 936
Malgrate Castle in Villafranca in Lunigiana

Malgrate Castle in Villafranca in Lunigiana

Massa-Carrara
Malgrate Castle dominates the valley of Bagnone River near Villafranca in Lunigiana: its position was important in order to control the routes from the Apennines, Cisa and Garfagnana
Medicea Fortress

Medicea Fortress

Siena
It hosts the cultural association Siena Jazz, which organises courses for musicians, and Enoteca Italiana
Medici Fortress

Medici Fortress

Arezzo
An important testimony of 16th century military architecture, which rises up at the top of the Prato esplanade at the 305 metres above sea level.
Medieval ramparts

Medieval ramparts

Pisa
Pisa, as a medieval city, is surrounded by medieval ramparts
Montalcino Castle

Montalcino Castle

Siena
A wonderful fortress with a long story of won and lost battles, an ancient memory of splendour, fallen into the powerful hands of the Medici's family, which still lives in the eyes of the visitors
Mura - Castiglion Fiorentino

Mura - Castiglion Fiorentino

Arezzo
The first medieval enclosing walls date back to the 13th century
Mura - Monteriggioni

Mura - Monteriggioni

Siena
A visit to the walkways around the castle walls is not to be missed
Mura di Lucca

Mura di Lucca

Lucca
Lucca's medieval and Renaissance features are enclosed in its thick sixteenth century walls, a characteristic of this beautiful Tuscan town on the left of the river Serchio
Mura Medievali e Fonti - Volterra

Mura Medievali e Fonti - Volterra

Pisa
The Medieval wall was built in the 13th century
Porta Fiorentina - Palaia

Porta Fiorentina - Palaia

Pisa
The 12th century gatehouse is the most attractive entrance to the old town
Rocca Aldobrandesca - Suvereto

Rocca Aldobrandesca - Suvereto

Livorno
The ancient castle, situated in the foothills of the city, dates back to the 9th century
Rocca e antica Chiesa di S. Lorenzo - Montelupo Fiorentino

Rocca e antica Chiesa di S. Lorenzo - Montelupo Fiorentino

Florence
A strategic palce, a panoramic terrace that overlooks the entire valley to the west of which, at sunset, the jagged profile of the Apuane Alps can be seen
Sienese Fortress in Massa Marittima

Sienese Fortress in Massa Marittima

Grosseto
The Fortress worked as a connection between the old part and the new part of the town, dominating both, englobing the ancient fortress and the episcopalian residence of Monteregio together with the primitive Keep, the Candeliere tower
The Cassero Medievale

The Cassero Medievale

Prato
The 'Cassero Medievale' of Prato is a Medieval Bridgehouse and it has just reopened to the public after a great work of restoration
The city walls

The city walls

Grosseto
The Medicean Walls have long since lost their defensive function; today, they are part of the not-to-miss attractions of our town and offer the visitor a stroll in the green
The city walls

The city walls

Pistoia
The three rings of walls that have characterized Pistoia's urban plan since Medieval times are still legible today

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