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Casola in Lunigiana

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Inhabitants in 1991: 1.341

The municipal territory of Casola extends for 42,53 square kilometres in a mountainous zone between the Appenninica and the Apuana chains. Extremely ancient settlement, then Lordly centre it reached the aspect of autonomous municipality in 1812.

The Casola territory, as testified in archaeological finds (statues-stones), was already inhabited in the Pre-Roman and Roman eras. In XI century the village results as being among the possession of the powerful Lucca guild called dei Casola; in 1275 it passed to the Lordship of the Marquis Malaspina della Verrucola, then returned under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Lucca in 1373 and became Seat of Podesta. Re-conquered by Antonio Alberico Malaspina in 1437, it was consigned by him to Firenze and in 1477 aggregated to the captaincy of Fivizzano, where it remained administratively tied at length. Under Firenze, Casola enjoyed relative well being and a phase of development even today seen in various examples of public and private 15-1600s architecture. In 1812, Casola was divided from Fivizzano and constituted in independent municipality, with the Restoration it again became part of the Grand Duchy of Toscana.

Places to visit:
Museum of the high Valle Aulella territory, when are documented the human settlements in the Lunigiana territory, from the Paleolithic period.

Historical info reproduced upon authorization of Regione Toscana - Dipartimento della Presidenza E Affari Legislativi e Giuridici
Translated by Ann Mountford

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