Fortezza della Brunella

Brunella Fortress and the Museum of Natural History of Lunigiana

Brunella Fortress is a Renaissance imposing stronghold near the confluence of the River Magra and the Aulella stream, it dominates Aulla historic centre and houses the Museum of Natural History of Lunigiana.

The Fortress is open to the public with guided tours by Sigeric environmental guides.


It is possible to visit the Fortress only with the person, who is in the ticket office. In the opening days of the building each 45 minutes there is a guided tour.

November 2021 – March 2022,  the Fortress is open to the public ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit time: 2 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.  (last entrance)

Days closed: 25 December – 1 January

For the period April – June 2022, the Fortress is open to the public ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS from 14:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit times: 2.30 p.m. – 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p. m. – 4.45 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. (last entrance)

Ticket prices:
Full fare: 5 euro
Reduced rate: 3 euro (over 65, under 18, students, groups with more than 15 people)
Free for children under 6 years old and residents in Aulla Municipality

Brunella Fortress

Brunella Fortress in Aulla is a military fortification built during the Renaissance period to defend Lunigiana area. It is in a dominant position, on a high rocky spur, once it controlled all the main roads and Apennine passes. Its origins are still mysterious: among its clients there are famous people of the time, as Adamo Centurione and Giovanni dale Bande Nere. At the beginning of 20th century, the Fortress was restored by the English family Waterfield and it became a luxurious residence. In 1977 it was bought by the Italian government and it became the seat of Natural History Museum of Lunigiana.

The Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum of Lunigiana is in the Fortress, there are four exhibition rooms about naturalistic aspects of Magra river basin;  valley floor, hilly, mountain and sub-mountain landscape. A guided tour with information panels and findings allows to know a land which is rich in biodiversity.



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