The historic center of Saltara is surrounded by the walls of the castle where tourists can enter thanks to an imposing staircase going up to a street with colonnade where takes place the city market. Inside the walls there are the Malatesta Tower, carrying an emblem with a winged dragon, that is the symbol of Saltara and the Town Hall. Two good-looking churches are accessible outside the walls: thechurch of S. Celestine and S. Lucia.
On a big terrace hill there is “Villa Balì”: a wonderful residence that was built by the Negusanti family and that was restored in the XVIII century, to achieve the present appearance. Today it is used as an interactive museum of science with the purpose of spreading the culture of science. There are interactive stations where guests can experience live phenomena and the museum also has an observatory and a planetarium.
The panorama is typical of the Marche countryside surrounded by the distinctive farmhouse Marche.
Urbania is a prosperous city on the upper Metauro Valley, about 60 km from the sea, defended by a castle fortified by walls over them flows the river Metauro. The town has a vast artistic and architectural heritage: the Palazzo Ducale, the Bramante theater, the Cathedral of St. Christopher, the cemetery of mummies and more.
Urbania is also well-known all over the world for its pottery work and it is one of the 26 Italian municipalities with the ownership of “land of ancient ceramic tradition”. There are several opportunities to experience this city, among which there is the National Day of the Epiphany which take place every year from the 2nd to the 6th of January.
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Only in the city of Pesaro, entering into any pizzeria, you can order a special pizza, looking very inviting and with an original flavour, called pizza ROSSINI, which takes its name from the famous composer.
The legend tells that the famous composer Gioacchino Rossini loved eating pizza with an unusual topping, but very tasty, made with boiled eggs and mayonnaise. Since then, this dish was introduced into the culinary tradition of Pesaro.
The preparation is simple: just cut into slices round a boiled egg, place it on a Margherita pizza and garnish it all with a couple of rounds of mayonnaise, if it’s in a tube or some spoons if taken from the jar.
Cynics, of course, are convinced that combine hard-boiled eggs and mayonnaise pizza is quite risky, in fact historically this is a pizza that you love it or hate it, there is no middle ground!
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In the tenth century BC the region was populated by different populace: the Gauls in the north, the Umbrians in the south-west, the Greeks in the area of Ancona and the Piceni in the south. The Romans then concluded a strategic alliance with the Piceni to defeat the Gallic attack, but they ended up being invaded by the Romans and, at last, they declared war on Rome. During several battles, were built many defensive structures (the walls of Osimo), infrastructure (Via Flaminia and Via Salaria that link the region to Rome, the Furlo tunnel) and monuments such as the gate of Fano (Arch of Augustus) and the Arch of Trajan.
It was in the Renaissance period that Le Marche region reached their best moment, through the establishment of noble families such as Malatesta (Fano), Montefeltro and Della Rovere in Urbino. After the death of the Della Rovere family, the region came under the manage of the Church, representing, together with the Lazio region, the center of the Papal States. The Papal power lasted until the unification of the Kingdom of Italy, except for a brief period when it was occupied by the French during the Napoleonic Wars. In this period the region, once called “Marca” (meaning “land board”), was for the first time legitimately called “Marche” and was divided into three departments: “Metauro”, “Musone” and “Tronto”.
During the Second World War, the Marche were subjected to frequent bombings and the German occupation, but lots of partisans played many manoeuvres of sabotage against the German invaders. In correspondence to the Foglia river (in the city of Pesaro) was established the Gothic Line, where in August 25th of 1944, the allies arriving from the south, after a hard battle managed to expel the Germans and free the region.
Widespread throughout the twentieth century, in our region and in other areas of central Italy was the sharecropping. This expression (“the one who divides”) means a farming contract under which the owner of a land and the farmhouse (grantor) and the farmer (called “sharecropper”) divided in half all the products and the profits obtained from the ground. The sharecropper worked the land and lived in the farmhouse and it is just for this cause that you can discover Marche country house close to the town.
Beato Sante belongs to the municipality of Mombaroccio in the province of Pesaro-Urbino. The town is located 393 meters above sea level and in it live 7 people. A small village surrounded by a country scenery and the typical Marche country house. The Convent of Beato Sante, an real treasure chest of art, all surrounded by a striking forest of oaks and chestnuts, was founded by the Franciscans in 1223, when their Father Francis of Assisi was still alive. The last revisions dates back to the end of the 17th century, while the imposing bell tower was built in 1782.
Mondavio is a gorgeous hamlet among the best preserved in the region with not many people living in farmhouse Marche. Situated 280 meters above sea level, it allows a amazing view of the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains. The “Rocca Roveresca”, built in the late 15th century, is considered by everybody a total masterpiece of Renaissance military architecture. Very impressive is also the Apollo Theater, characterized by floral festoons and a particular ceiling, which has now regained a significant cultural and social role in the community and beyond.
Fossombrone is a medieval ancient city lying on the slope of a hill and dominated by a citadel and the ruins of the Malatesta Fortress. The recent part of the town arise on both sides of the river Metauro. Looked from the distance, Fossombrone is characterized by sloping roofs from which the church towers stand out. Of enormous significance there are: Corso Garibaldi with its buildings of the 15th and 16th century, such as the Staurenghi and the Cattabeni palaces, the churches of St. Philip, St. Francis,St. Augustine, Sant’Aldebrando and the Cathedral. There is also, of great value, the monument “twinning”, a bronze casting of the artist Andrea Corradi.
Sant’Ippolito is located on the top of a hill surrounded by a beautiful green scenery of fields, Marche country house and trees and by a town wall, still intact, which offers a beautiful panorama. Sant’Ippolito is now a small open-air museum where almost every residence is characterized by the presence of niches with images, portals, frames and decorations. Very typical is also the Clock Tower with an elegant cell surmounted by an onion dome.
Montemaggiore is an antique castle with a single access door and surrounded by walls around which there is a large pine forest. Inside the hamlet there is the Town Hall, the ex theatre and a long stairway that leads to the church of “Santa Maria del Soccorso”. From there you can have a striking panorama that ranges from the tops of the Apennines, to the lights of Fano city and that gives the village the name of “the balcony of Metauro.” The town is famous for the typical plantation of chrysanthemums, for the production of cheeses (produced in farmhouse Marche) and particularly for the production of the fine wine “Bianchello del Metauro”.
Cerasa is a little and ancient village in the municipality of San Costanzo, characterized by the bell tower and its very old arch. A few kilometers away there is the town of San Costanzo, where takes place the centenary “Polenta festival”, during which you can like polenta with meat sauce, according to a traditional recipe handed down over the years.
The town of Gradara stands in the hills of the region Marche, about 142 meters above the sea level, on the borderline with Romagna (but fortunately a jewel of Marche property). Gradara is known for its fortress in which is enclosed a heritage of an immense importance. The castle was the residence of the most central families of the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Malatesta, Sforza, Borgia and Della Rovere, and was the panorama of important historical events.
The walls are also another characteristic quality of the city: they are spaced out with square towers and provided with walkways that were used to protect the castle. These walkways, still viable, permit to admire a wonderful panorama. Together with the landscape, the small alleys and ancient oak trees give this hamlet a romantic atmosphere. The tale said that in Gradara was pine the tragic love of Paolo and Francesca, narrated by Dante and many other famous writers.
Gabicce Mare is a seaside town on the border with Emilia Romagna, which rise on a small bay called “Bay of Angels”. The town has achieved for 20 times the Blue Flag reward as one of the best beaches in Italy. From the coast, going through a charming road, you arrived to the village of Gabicce Monte, from which you can enjoy a striking coastal panorama.
Pergola is a small town rich in medieval architecture (typical of Marche properties) with stone buildings and churches restored to their former glory. Significant are the religious buildings: because of the high number of churches and monasteries, the city is named “the Pergoletta Santa” (the Cathedral, the church of San Francesco, the church of St. Andrew, the church of San Biagio and more). The city is also well-known to host the golden bronzes from Cartoceto: a Roman equestrian statuesque group composed of two knights, two horses and two women standing.
Acqualagna is a modest and modern town called, at a National level, “the Truffle Capital”, because of the numerous events dedicated to this product. Every year, during the last week of October and the first one of November, the celebrated national Truffle Fair takes place. But, Acqualagna is not only food: the wonderful Abbey of San Vincenzo and the Sanctuary of Pelingo are visited by many devout pilgrims. The city also born close to the magnificient Furlo Gorge, in an area surrounded by nature, an attractive landscape and beautiful Marche country house.
Le Marche region is characterized by beautiful hills and many streams. The water derived froma mineral Marche springs is known to have strong healthy features. For this reason, in our region there are many spas where people can regain their mental well-being and be close to nature.
The Carignano Spa, for example, is located between Fano and Pesaro, in the Marche hills and surrounded by the sea. This proximity to the coast allows to combine spa treatments to those based on sea water. The Carignano Spa draw from the source “Beatrice”, characterized by water particularly suitable for the treatment of diseases of the ENT (ear, nose, throat) system.
The Montegrimano Spa is ancient: it was, in fact, already known in Roman times. Located on the border with the Republic of San Marino, in a hilly area about 600 meters above sea level, it allows visitors to breathe a particularly pure air. The water used for the center is the one that flows from the slopes of Monte San Paolo.
It could be fantastic to buy a Marche property to join this beautiful places.