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What to do in Fano and Marotta? Our accommodation guides you to discover the Marche

The Adriatic Coast

Distance : 7 km
A 10-minute drive, about 15 km south (motorway A14). Senigallia the Velvet Beach Adriatic, famous for its tourist and cultural events, as well as the “Summer Jamboree” (50 year event that takes place in summer when the whole city lives the legendary years).(www.summerjamboree.com)

To visit: the Munich arena, the Rock Roveresca recently restored, the palace of the Duke, the Church of the Cross, the arcades Ercolani.

Pergola

Distance: 35km
Pergola is an historical town. It was  founded in 1234 but had started being populated during the prehistoric period by Umbrians, Etruscans, Celts and Romans. The historical preserves the typical mediaeval architecture with stoe buildings, towers,ogival arche gates, bass-relieves and a lot of churches as to testify the importance of Pergola along the centuries.
Don’t miss the local museum, the “Museo dei Bronzi Dorati e della Città di Pergola”.

Mondavio

Distance: 20km
The Fortress still testifies the huge work of Francesco di Giorgio Martini in the Marches. Really well preserved , it was built for Giovanni della Rovere together with the close fortress of Mondolfo which was razed to the ground during the second half of the XIX century. The fortress of Mondavio goes probably back to the late period of the Sienese architect (last decade of the XV cen.).
The donjon dominates the building which was supposed to be even more elaborated. On the contary, The majority of internal rooms still mantain the original project.
In the donjon, the residencial area is on the higher level, where there used to be the lord’s room and the access to the defensive zone. Nowadays this area contains a museum with an outstanding collection of mediaeval armours and military tools.

La maestosa fortezza, immaginata nei Trattati di Francesco di Giorgio con disegno ancora più elaborato, si presenta oggi come un ordigno bellico dalla figuratività complessa, dominato dalla presenza del mastio con i suoi prospetti sfuggenti e spigoli affilati, cui si allacciano una massiccia torre e un torricino e, al di là di un ponte, il rivellino d’ingresso. Le forme sinuose dell’intero complesso fortificato, dalle alte muraglie a scarpa che svettano al di sopra di un largo fossato, si sarebbero ulteriormente accresciute se fosse stato edificato un’ulteriore torrione rotondeggiante, previsto sul versante occidentale e non realizzato.

Gli ambienti interni corrispondono in gran parte alle strutture originarie. Nel mastio, gli spazi residenziali si trovavano al livello superiore dell’edificio, con gli alloggi del castellano e l’accesso alle bocche da fuoco. Attualmente questi ambienti sono destinati a spazi espositivi e museali, tra cui una pregevole collezione di armature e strumenti di uso militare.

San Marino

Distance: 70 km
The Serenissima S.Marino Republic is  a small enclave State (61,5 km², inhabitants: 30.002, Capital: Città di San Marino) within the Italian territory. It is situated between two Italian regions (Emilia-Romagna and the Marches) and is considered as the eldest of the world’s existing Republics. It goes back to the XVII century, but the local community is even older, since it seems to go back to the A.D. 301.
In San Marino there is State Museum presenting well-known and awesome works of art of very famous artists, such as: Guercino, Pompeo Batoni, Elisabetta Sirani, Stefano Galletti, Michele Giambono, Baccio Bandinelli, di Tiburzio Passerotti e di Bernardo Strozzi.
The well-known three fortresses dominating the hinghest peaks of the mount Titano.

The Frasassi Caves

Distance: 75 km
Sometimes, when the water penetrates into the soil, it may find calcareous rocks which melts originating extraordinary caves. The image above shows one of them, depicting a place that seems magical and unreal: it shows one of the most impressive location that you can find in the subsoil, the huge chasm of Ancona, in the Frasassi Caves.

Mount Conero National Park

Distance: 50 km
It is the only peak (572m) sheer to the sea from Trieste up to the Gargano, a perfect symbiosis between the towns of Ancona and Camerano and the touristic centres of Numana and Sirolo. The Conero Regional Park was founded in 1987 but implemented in 1991only: it is aprotected oasis 5800 hectares wide, presenting a lot of terrific places (the Portonovo Bay, beaches, landscapes and 18 different trakking routes winding through dozens of different trees and plants (they represent one third of the whole flora of the aera). The fauna is also very rich.
Geological routes and works of art are also worth a highlight: the S.Maria di Portonovo Church, San Pietro al Conero, and the Antiquarium, focuse on the Piceni (a local ancient civilization) in Numana.

Urbino

Distance : 55 km
The Ducal Palace is quite well-known worldwide (most of all because of its little keeps on the lower side). You can also find the house of Raphael presenting a juvenile fresco and the original rooms and forniture that go back to the times when the painter was alive. The neoclassic Dome (the architect was Giuseppe Valadier) contains some canvas of Federico Barocci. There are also some examples of modern and well-balanced interventions in an ancient urban complex together with real architectural masterpiece  of the late XX century.

Gola del Furlo

Distance: 45 km
Close to the town of Fossombrone there is the Furlo Massif, halfway between the coast and the Appenines. It is the Furlo Gorge, a deep and narrow cleft separating two maountains the Pagnucco (976m) and the Pietralata (888m). Almost vertical walls engraved in the limestone in the middle of which the Candigliano  river flows. This represents the amministrative edge of 4 different municipalities. The river wedges itself in the gorge and in the narrowest point it overcomes the 10m drop by means of a fall; later on a dike was built and it’s totally visible by the road running along, the famous Via Flaminia.
These particular characteristics in the local morphology made the gorge uneasy to cross and represent a division element in an unavoidable passage between the Metauro Valley and the inner one, Valle del Burano, anteroom to the Tiber Valley.  This area has recently been defined National Natural Preserve.