Fivizzano and the case of the missing Medieval Festival

Fivizzano, Italy

A recent trip to Italy, many months in the planning, included the Disfida degli Arceri e di Corte – a medieval/renaissance festival featuring archery, jousting, flag-throwing and fire-eating in Fivizzano.

After landing in Venice and collecting our new home for the next three weeks from NORD Campervans in Porcia, we headed off towards the “la Lunigiana” region of rural Tuscany in the Appenine mountains north of Pisa.  Imagine my mortification when I realised that I had got the dates of the disfida wrong! Obviously was sacked as events co-ordinator!

We decided to head to Fivizzano anyway, but unfortunately arrived a little late in the day for the market which is held every Tuesday in the main square. With its famous Medici fountain in the main piazza of the walled city, Fivizzano is a great spot to base yourself for a day or two while exploring what the area has to offer.

The 17th century Medici Fountain in the main piazza of Fivizzano, Italy.
The 17th century Medici Fountain in the main piazza of Fivizzano, Italy.

Spending a couple of hours at lunch on the piazza Caffe Elvetico was the highlight of our visit to Fivizzano. Serving honest and authentic Italian food that tastes like it has come straight from the family kitchen, our meal of prosciutto and melon, rigatoni , ravioli, insalata, turkey with rosemary and lemon washed down with a refreshingly effervescent Prosecco and finished with a rich espresso was bellissimo!

Our suggestions for things to see and do in and around Fivizzano are :

Museo della Stampa – Fivizzano is linked to early printing presses and the history of printing is featured in a museum housed in this large palazzo.

Medici Fountain – 17th century baroque fountain in the main piazza

Verrucola – explore the Castello della Verrucola and the works of famous Italian artist Pietro Cascella, renowned for the monument he created at Auschwitz as well as the “Gate of Peace” in Tel Aviv. Spend some time strolling through the surrounding village with its old stone houses.

Castello della Verrucola, home to the works of famous Italian artist, Pietro Cascella.
Castello della Verrucola


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