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Castiglione di Garfagnana

The name of this town derives from the Latin language "Castrum Leonis" (the castle of the lion), and was one of the most important of the valley, thanks to its strategic position. Defensive bastion of the Lords of Versilia and Garfagnana against Lucca 's expansion, still today in Castiglione there are the beautiful castle and its defensive walls. The walls are 750 meters long; today we can enter the town through three doors, but before there was only one door, fortified with a bridge; the others two were created in the 18th century. On two of the walls ' towers, since the 17th century there are the bell towers of the two main churches: San Michele, of Romanesque age, founded in 1403, and San Pietro, the most ancient church of the town, dated to the year 723.

 

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