Pontremoli, the door of Tuscany

Pontremoli, the door of Tuscany

FULL DAY ITINERARY: HIGH LUNIGIANA
 

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Meet your guide in Pontremoli (tollbooth at the exit of the A15)


The day is dedicated to visiting the town of Pontremoli, the door of Tuscany, a typical medieval village on the Via Francigena, full of history and traditions.
Following a short introduction, we visit the church of San Francesco.  According to tradition, the large church was founded by Saint Frances of Assisi in 1219.  It was rebuilt in the 15th century, and in the 18th century it was decorated with valuable rococo stuccos. The church contains two materpieces - Agostino di Cuccio’s marble bas-relief of the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus (15th century), and a large painting, attributed to Guido Reni, of the crucifixion (17th century).
Leaving the church of San Francesco and crossing the Cresa bridge, we enter the walled town and head for Piagnaro Castle, the magnificent fortress that dominates the town. In the castle, we visit a small but extraordinary museum, the Stele Statue Museum. The stele statues are prehistoric, anthropomorphic sculptures dating from between the first and fourth millennia BC, and represent warriors and women with a typical semi-lunar head, which is now the symbol of Lunigiana. These stele statues are made of sandstone, the local stone. From the castle, you can admire the beautiful view of Pontremoli and the valley below.
We return to the old town centre and, after a short stop at a confectionery shop to taste Amor, the typical custard and wafer pastry of Pontremoli, we visit the stately tower of Cacciaguerra, now called the Campanone, which was built between the two squares of the old town centre. After a short visit to the baroque cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta we walk through the town to the point where the rivers Magra and Verde meet, and to the Castelnuovo tower.

After a traditional lunch that includes, for example, the famous testaroli, we visit two of Pontremoli’s hidden treasures, which are not normally open to the public - the Church of our Lady (1732-38), an outstanding example of Pontremoli’s baroque architecture, and the privately-owned Dosi Magnavacca Palace, an 18th century dwelling covered in frescoes with trompe l’oeil and depicting mythological tales.
To conclude our tour of Pontremoli, we visit the church and the monastery of SS. Annunziata. This large 15th century complex contains several masterpieces dating back to the renaissance and the baroque periods. The marble temple is attributed to Sansovino and the 15th century polyptych to Giacome Serfolio. The sacristy made of carved walnut dates back to the 17th century.


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