An emotional journey between past and present

Discover the history, anecdotes and curiosities related to the world of Lunigiana emigration in this majestic fortress of the Malaspina family.

The Castle

Lusuolo Castle is a military fortification that stands on the right bank of the Magra River controlling the Via Francigena, one of the main high medieval roads. The castle originally belonged to the Malaspina family of Spino Secco, but in 1450 it fell into the hands of the Genoese Campofregoso family, which partially demolished it.

The Marchesi Malaspina di Lusuolo, in the middle of the rivalries between Florence, Genoa and Milan for controlling Lunigiana and the riots of their subject, gave the fief and lordship then to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. The castle was then expanded by the Florentines in the early 1600s

The Museum of the Emigration of the People of Tuscany

The rooms of the castle currently host the Museo dell’Emigrazione della Gente di Toscana (Museum of the Emigration of the People of Tuscany), created in 2004 by the collaboration between the Emigration Documentation Center, operating at the Mountain Community of Lunigiana, the Region of Tuscany, the Council of Tuscans Abroad and the Municipality of Mulazzo with the aim of learning about and enhancing the phenomenon of Tuscan emigration in the world. It was conceived and organised on two levels: a material and a virtual one.

In the first, set within the walls of Lusuolo Castle, there is a  library, a conference room and a space for viewing or listening to audiovisuals. This is where the museum exhibit is developed, offering the tour of the exhibition “People of Tuscany,” with the stories of those who had the need and desire to leave for foreign lands, enriched by objects and documents of the time and “animated” by the projection of video-documentaries with strong emotional involvement.

Openings calendar 2024

March: 30 – 31

April: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

May: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday also in the afternoon hours from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

August: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

September: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

October: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Information

  • Visit procedure: access to the Castle is via guided tours that take place every 45 minutes from opening hours. Reservations are not necessary
  • Fees: 6 € adults / 3 € reduced (over 65, under 18, students or groups over 15) / free for children up to 5 years old, residents of the Municipality of Mulazzo, tour guides, disabled people and their companions.
    Cost includes access to the castle with guided tour
  • Combined ticket: €8 that includes guided tour of Lusuolo Castle, with the Museum of the Emigration of the People of Tuscany, and free visit to the Museum Archives of the Malaspina family of Mulazzo
  • Meeting point: at the entrance of the Castle, Municipality of Mulazzo (MS)
  • The castle is Pet Friendly

It is possible to arrange the tour upon  request for individuals, families or small groups.