Bastia Castle



Built at the end of the XIIIth century, Bastia castle held a strategic position allowing it to control the way from Lunigiane to Emilia and block the possible attacks towards the Apennin passes. This estate of the marquess Malaspina de Villafranca's witnessed the love affair of Angelica with Giulio, son of Alessandro de' Medici. In the same castle also lived Anna-Maria,  rival to the Marchioness of Pompadour at Louis XV's court.