April 20th , 2011 → 12:46 am @ Susan


There are several local Museums that are worth a visit.   Please note that most of the information in these museums is in Italian, although some have a little English.  For more information, click on either the name of the museum or the accompanying website link where available and use the translation function if necessary.  Those marked with * are those we have visited and have found interesting.





  • Museo Etnologico delle Apuane (Ethnological Museum of the Apuan)
  • Museo Castello Malaspina and Centro di documentazione Alessandro Malaspina (Museum of Alessandro Malaspina) - In the medieval tower of the Palazzo Malaspina, there is a documentary exhibition that illustrates the route and the exploits of Alessandro Malaspina (1754-1810), the great navigator from the Lunigiana region, who made a trip around the world and made some important scientific discoveries. The Center maintains the domestic archives of Malaspina of Mulazzo and a library that contains the entire world literature on his explorations and discoveries.





  • Museo della Stampa  (Print Museum) – this museum is dedicated to  Jacopo da Fivizzano who produced the first stamps in Italy in 1471.  Fivizzano was the centre of region’s printing activities and was home to the prestigious printing family, Bartoli.  It is a museum that documents all forms of print and includes the world’s first typewriter, invented here by Augustine Fantoni.
  • Mulino di Arlia (Arlia) 
  • Orto Botanico dei Frignoli (Sassalbo) (Frignoli Botanical Garden) opposite Verrucola Castle which is also worth a look.
  • Ecomuseo della Montagna Lunigianense (Eco-Museum of the Lunigiana Mountains)


Equi Terme

  •  Museo delle Grotte * (Museum of the Caves of Equi Terme) – In this picturesque little village at the foot of Pizzo d’Uccello, there are are caves of Equi: an impressive vast complex of cavities, burrows, stalactites and stalagmites formed by water erosion over millennia . In this most ancient area of the Apuan Alps and the Lunigiana, there is a small museum that presents the history of the nature of places and of human presence at Equi.   At Christmas time Equi Terme is the site of a live nativity in which all the villagers take part and recreate scenes from the story of Christ’s birth. 



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