Aulla

You will find the impressive Brunella fortress, commissioned by Giovanni delle Bande Nere (Giovanni di Medici - captain of a light infantry band that was famous in all of Italy) and invaded only once by Spanish troops towards the end of the XVIII. Districts to be visited: on the pass: Bibola; Pallerone, with was is left of the village, the restored church which holds the electromechanic Christmas crib. Caprigliola, famous because of its “boat” shape, with its medieval tower of the bishops and its fortification built by the di Medici; do not miss for anything the visit of the sanctuary of the Madonna of the Angels (Madonna degli Angeli).

Fortezza della Brunella - Aulla

Strategically situated, the Brunella Fortress dominates the town of Aulla and the confluence of the Aulla and Magra rivers. It once controlled the access routes linking the inland valleys of the Lunigiana to Via Franchigena in a key point between the inland mountain passes and the coast. This fortress is the most efficiently designed military structure ever built in the Lunigiana. Its great defensibility was achieved through a splendidly close fusion between the fortified buildings and the underlying rock spur on which they stand. Vestiges of the first nucleus, especially evident at the late 13th or early 14th century. It was around these original structures that the castle was built during the so-called "transition" period of the late 15th century when defensive design needed to meet the demands of new military tactics and technologies.

In fact, its design and several of its architectural details exemplify the advancing theories of the art of fortification: the aim was to transform castles, fortresses and city walls in response to the greater damage which a 13th-century assaulting artillery was capable of inflicting on defensive redoubts.Though the architect of the Brunella Fortress is not known with certainty, its many similarities to the Fortress of Civita Castellana, known to have been designed and built by Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio (the Elder), make it quite likely that he was responsible for the Brunella Fortress as well.

Region Tuscany
Zone Apuan Coast
Area Aulla
ZIP CODE 54011
District Massa-Carrara
Surface 59,99 km²
Inhabitants 11 344
Hamlets Albiano Magra, Bibola, Bigliolo, Canova, Caprigliola, Gorasco, Olivola, Pallerone, Quercia, Serricciolo, Vecchietto
GPS 44°13′N 9°58′E

Useful Number

Emergency Tel. 118
Sea Emergency Tel. 1530
Emergency medical Service Tel. 118
Police Tel. 113
Carabinieri Tel. 112
Fire Fighters Tel. 115
Police Tel. 113

Get road information starting from:

by Car

Tramite autostrada è raggiungibile dal sud, attraverso Autosole A1, fino a Firenze, e poi attraverso la Firenze Mare A11 e la Livorno-Genova A12. Dal Nord attraverso Autosole A1 fino a Parma e poi l'autostrada della Cisa A15 fino a S. Stefano, e quindi A12 Genova-Livorno. Through motorway is reachable from SOUTH, through Autosole A1, as far as Firenze and then through the Firenze Mare A11 and the Livorno-Genova A12. From NORTH through Autosole A1 as far as Parma and then through the Cisa A15 to S.Stefano, and then through the A12 Genova-Livorno.
Tollhouse: Aulla

by Train

  • Line: Ventimiglia-Torino-Genova-Pisa-Firenze-Roma
  • Line : Genova-Parma-Bologna
  • Line : Livorno-Milano
  • Railway station of Aulla

by Plane

The international airports in Pisa, Genoa and Florence provide reliable transport to the main city.