The Montignoso Castle
Once a primitive Byzantine fortress, castle still dominates landscape
The Aghinolfi Castle is one of the most characteristic features of Montignoso’s territory, which was formerly populated by people from the Liguri Apuani area. This castle is one of the oldest in Italy. It was designed to defend the area and the castle itself was never conquered. The Aghinolfi Castle dominates its surrounding landscape which Pisa, Lucca and Genova disputed for centuries. This structure was probably constructed on the foundations of an early Byzantine fortress. Today, it remains an important point of reference for the area. It has become the subject of ample study regarding various areas. The castles unique octagonal shape make it very different from other fortresses in the Lunigiana area.