Our Fivizzano map shows Fivizzano attractions like the Medici fountain and the Museum of Printing (Museo della Stampa). You might have to zoom in to the map using the controls on the left to see the markers.
Fivizzano has recently been named capitale della Festa dei Piccoli Comuni, or the Capital of Festivals of the Small Communities of Italy after the very fine and well attended Sapori held in June.
Mouse over the icons on the map to see what they represent. Note that Google has misplaced the Printing museum, it is marked correctly by the northernmost icon.
Fivizzano is a pleasant walled city with a famous Medici fountain in its main Piazza. Cosimo I de' Medici built the walls in 1540, Cosimo III did the fountain in 1683. The town is linked to early printing presses, and houses a printing museum, the Museo della Stampa in the Fantoni-Bonomi Palace that makes a very interesting visit. The museum is marked on the map.
Owing to Fivizzano's stratigic position, it's always been an important market place. These days, market day in Fivizzano is Tuesday; the morning offers an open air market spread around the Medici fountain in the center of town. See a video showing how to shop in the market.
Recommended Places to Stay in Fivizzano
Ostello degli Agostiniani - the Augustinian hostel offers inexpensive lodging in a former monastery with 16th century frescoes. It's central to the village of Fivizzano.
Here are some other user-rated places to stay in Fivizzano.
If you'd prefer, as I do, to stay in a vacation home in or around Fivizzano, there are some great suggestions on Lunigiana Rentals: Fivizzano.
Top Fivizzano Spas and Sights
Museo della Stampa - Jacopo da Fivizzano started printing books between 1470 and 1474, and the history of printing is told in this palazzo. Not only that, but fellow citizen Agostino Fantoni created the first type-writing machine and began to study carbon paper here. It makes a very interesting visit for a mere €5, you'll even get to see the living spaces in the villa. For a taste of this museum, see our blog post: Mussolini's Typewriter.
Medici Fountain - the baroque fountain was dontated by Cosimo de Medici III in 1683, a detail view of which is shown below.
The two large festivals in Fivizzano are Sapori, a festival celebrating the local foods held in June, and the Disfida, an ancient archery competition between the contrade of Fivizzano. Each of these offer performances by local folk groups as well as music, drumming and dancing.
Here is an engraving that shows the city when it was fully walled. I don't know the date of the engraving. Below it is a picture of the modern city, which doesn't differ as much as you might think..
The modern city:
For planning a vacation in this non-touristy region, see the following resources: