Medieval villages

At around 1415 metres above sea level we find the top of Carpegna Mount, which has always been devoted to the Marian cult thanks to the presence of an ancient sanctuary. The legend told about the miraculous intervention of the Virgin appearing to the Little Shepherds. After this apparition on the mount, an image of the Madonna was discovered hanging on a beech branch (from which it took the name of "Beata Vergine del Faggio" (in English beech)). For devotion, the Carpegna inhabitants wanted to carry this holy image to the village. But the day after tomorrow the image was again in its first place, among the beech breaches. The population immediately thought the desire of the Blessed Virgin was that of erecting a sanctuary just in the place she had appeared for the first time.


Once a fortified medieval village with a fortress, it was named after a plant with a red corolla called �robbia�. Others think that the little village took its name from a red conglomerate rock called �petra robbia�, which is composed of rounded pebbles cemented together. Pietrarubbia is the seat of the renowned Centre for the Artistic Treatment of Metals, whose leader is the famous sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. The best creations of the students are exposed in an ancient building, the seat of the Pomodoro Foundation.


Surrounded by a strong boundary wall, this little town keeps in its interiors the ancient Malatesta palace: from its basements, a path led outside the walls until the ancient mill, which guaranteed bread and flour to the besieged. Do not forget to visit the old Montefiorentino convent.


It is a little village of medieval origins, it was born thanks to the Holy See, as the territory was its private property, but after a short time the Legates of the Pope were expelled and various aristocratic families took their throne. The development of Piandimeleto is linked to the noble family of the Piagnano Counts, who established there its own county and took the name Oliva. They also built the first public works of the Fifteenth Century, contributing to give the County an incomparable prestige. You could also visit their castle: a marvellous residence, which was built between the XIII and the XV century and in which it is possible to visit the museum of rural art the and museum of earth sciences.


Its Fregoso stronghold is strategically placed on the top of "Sasso dei lupi", a calcareous block dominating the town. It was a military position of the Montefeltro duchy and one of the duke residences. Do not miss the visit to the artistic A. Mariani theatre and to the beautiful convents. For the truffle lovers, every Sunday in October this glorious town will be filled with aromas and colours thanks to the National Fair of truffles.


10 km far from Carpegna, you can visit this magnificent little village, widely renowned for the Antiques Fair, which takes place every year in July and gathers visitors from all over Italy. It is an episcopal seat and the adopted country of Tonino Guerra : enchanted village corners become the best scenario where a visitor can tickle his or her curiosity. Do not forget "the Garden of the forgotten fruit", "the Street of the meridians", "the Sanctuary of the thoughts", "the petrified Garden" and "the Angel with a moustache".


The "ideal city", dazzling beauty and culture centre of the Renaissance, was the cradle of the illustrious geniuses Donato Bramante and Raffaello Sanzio. Have you ever been in Urbino? This the right moment to go there: its artistic patrimony, the city physiognomy, the enchanted landscapes: everything is a picture in the picture. Everything talks, everything has its own story to tell, from Palazzo Ducale to the ancient and well known university. Listen to what they have to tell: it is a unique chance not to be missed.


Built on the top of a rocky spur, this magnificent medieval city is 18 km far from Carpegna. The stronghold, a marvellous example of military fortification, was built from a desire of Francesco di Giorgio Martino. Once it was the prison where the famous Giuseppe Balsamo, also known as the Cagliostro Count, was kept; nowadays one of the main reasons to visit San Leo. The magic of the village, with its Civic Tower, the Romanesque Church, the splendid Cathedral, is also breathtaking.


45 km far from Carpegna, this little town was the scene of the tragic love between Paolo and Francesca, recounted by Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio and D'Annunzio. The castle was built in 1150 but its structure was modified during the years and extended with huge walls until the Sforza domination, when it looked like the one we are used to see today.


Once called Casteldurante, then renamed Urbania in honour of the famous Pope Urbano VIII, this city is a beautiful medieval village renowned for the majolica manufacture. During the Montefeltro and Della Rovere domination, it was filled with magnificent works of art and architecture. Pay a visit to Palazzo Ducale, a fascinating building on the water; Chiesa dei Monti, with the beautiful mummies exposition; Museo Diocesano and Borgo Ducale. For little visitors, it is available a tour to the real Befana's house.


Perticara is a young commune: it was born in 1907 from the merging of some neighbouring medieval villages. It was the house of the Segni family, Counts of Bologna, who established theirselves in a fabulous villa of the seventeenth century, nowadays the town hall. It hosts one of the most beautiful cafés of the Montefeltro territory: the �Caffè Grand'Italia�, with highly evocative atmosphere. The city offers the Romanesque church of Santa Marina and its fantastic theatre of the nineteenth century. Perticara was also a sulphur mines centre of national relevance: its Mining Historical Museum is the marvellous testimony of this hundred-year-old activity.


35 km far from Carpegna, you could visit the ancient land of freedom, a fairy-tale city with its boundary walls and its towers. It is a state in the state, the smallest in the entire world, offering the possibility to go shopping among big name outlets and workshops.

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