Montereggio is a small village of medieval origin, located in Lunigiana and more precisely in the municipality of Mulazzo, province of Massa Carrara, perched on a hill, in a strategic position as it is located near the Passo dei Casoni that connects the Val di Magra to the Val di Vara, to the via Francigena and to the Ligurian Sea. The strategic importance of this place is evidenced by its representation in the gallery of maps of the Vatican Museums.
In the main square of the village stands the Palazzo dei Marchesi Malaspina, testimony of the noble family of Massa who dominated the fief of Mulazzo and the entire Lunigiana for centuries.
But the fame of Montereggio is due to its inhabitants who, since the first half of 1800, with the arrival of spring, left the family with baskets full of books, heading on foot the northern-center cities; they soon realized that in those places the paddler of books could be the gateway to a better life.
Many of those who first started selling books didn’t know how to read, but the following generations passed to the stall and finally to the bookshop; many of these book stores became important meeting points and cultural exchanges.
The love for books and the thirst for knowledge led some of the inhabitants of Montereggio to create small publishing houses, of which the most famous was the Maucci Editorial House widespread in Barcelona, Mexico City and Buenos Aires, which spread the classics of the European literature in all Spanish-speaking countries.
During the Risorgimento many inhabitants of Montereggio departed as migrants to France with rams full of razor stone; crossing the Alps and selling their goods, they filled the hierarchies of books by forbidden authors, such as Machiavelli, Voltaire, Pellico, Mazzini censured by the Savoy monarchy and the Austrians, thus becoming real “smugglers of culture” and thus contributing the spread of “subversive” ideas that will later lead to the unification of Italy.
In 1954 the booksellers of Montereggio were the main proponents of the Premio Bancarella, a prize that wants to be the essence of what they were: street vendors, traveling vendors, diffusers of ideas, always close to the taste of readers.
Every year in August there is held the Book Festival, which for a week fills the narrow alleys of the center of stalls offering books of all kinds, as well as food and wine counters with local specialties and numerous debates meetings with authors, publishers and relief of the Italian social and cultural panorama.
6 November 2020
L’Antro del Corchia: the jewel of the Apuan Alps
23 October 2020
The Monterosso’s lemons’ festival
11 October 2020
The origins of the Via dell’Amore
21 April 2020
Lerici and San Terenzo: the bay of the english
27 March 2020
Vernazza: on the waterfront
7 December 2019
Corniglia: a terrace on the sea
8 September 2019
The path 436: from Montemarcello to Punta Corvo beach
22 April 2019
The anchovies of Monterosso
3 December 2018
The Via Francigena: walking in the history
18 September 2018
The path n. 508: from Vernazza to Reggio
2 May 2018
Portovenere: splendid pearl on the sea!
11 January 2018
Montereggio: a village of booksellers and publishers
15 November 2017
From Lerici to Bocca di Magra with the Liguria Trail (SL)
13 August 2017
The island of Palmaria
14 March 2017
Sciacchetrail 2017 – Third Edition
24 January 2017
Tellaro: the pearl of the Gulf of Poets
20 November 2016
From Vernazza to Riomaggiore via sanctuaries
26 September 2016
SCIACCHETRA’ 2016 : the tradition goes on…
7 May 2016
The Alta Via del Golfo – From Portovenere to the Foce
9 December 2015
The Paths of Palmaria