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The fortified Towers

Sarzana, La Spezia 19038 Italia

In ancient times Sarzana was protected by a wall defended by a series of towers that constituted the access to the village.

Of that original structure, four of those fortifications have come down to us.

The Torrione San Francesco was part of the former Franciscan Convent which was rebuilt as a fort by the Genoese troops in 1487 during the Serrezzana War against the Florentines.

The Torrione Stella and the Torrione Genovese, both located at Porta Parma, also played an important role in defending the city against Lorenzo il Magnifico. On the bastion of the first is still visible San Giorgio killing the dragon, symbol of the Genoese bank that bought the city.

The Torrione Testaforte is located near Porta Nuova or San Bartolomeo, better known as Porta Romana, south of the Citadel, crossed the gardens of Piazza Cesare Battisti. It was built in 1513 by the Sarzana podestà Luchino Stella.

Torrione Testaforte
Torrione Testaforte -

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Crossing the gardens of Piazza Cesare Battisti we find ourselves in front of the Torrione Testaforte, built in 1513 by the Sarzana podestà Luchino Stella. On the keep the Carpena family built their residence.

Continuing along the walls we reach the Porta Nuova or San Bartolomeo, today better known as Porta Romana. In 1783 Pietro De Franchi, with an important restructuring operation, allowed his complete reuse.

Passing along via Torrione San Francesco we come to the homonymous tower which was also built in 1513.

Flanking the ditch we reach the Torrione Stella and the Torrione Genovese.
On the bastion of the second is still visible St. George killing the dragon, symbol of the homonymous Genoese bank.
Through the walls (between the two towers) the one that today is called Porta Parma has been created.

A few meters from the door a beautiful little road starts, via Torrione Genovese, in cobblestones, traces the ancient walls until you reach Piazza San Giorgio, headquarters of the Customs House.

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