Arcevia Fuoriporta

Arcevia, the Marche and the territory of the ten castles

Beautiful three-fifteenth-century walled residential centers that have preserved their peculiarities until today: it is a true backward journey through what can be done starting from Acervia, the ancient Rocca Contrada in the province of Ancona , and continuing into the territory until the fortress of Nidastore, on the border with the province of Pesaro. Starting from Acervia, the second stage of the trip is the Castello di Avacelli, attested by 1248, which was founded by Rocca Contrada on a hill bordering the territory of Serra S. Quirico. The visit continues to Castiglioni Castle, which borders on the territory of Serra de’Conti: attested since 1289 as a castellar, was probably founded after the abandonment of the castle of Fossaceca near. And always in the direction of Serra de ‘Conti, it is worth visiting the Piticchio Castle, one of the most evocative and best preserved archevies, on a hilltop about seven kilometers from Arcevia. In Montale Castle, however, it is still possible to admire the promenade and the watchtower of the ancient fortification is to be noted, reused and re-proposed as a bell tower of the church of S. Silvestro, rebuilt after 1830. Really unmissable is instead a visit the Castle of Loretello, located on a hilltop 300 meters high, about 15 km from Arcevia; among the castles of the remaining territory is the oldest one: named for the first time in 1072, built with the church of S. Andrea by the monks of Fonte Avellana, became the possession of Rocca Contrada in the second half of the 200. Just a short distance from Loretello, stands the small S. Pietro Castle, almost unchanged in its fifteenth-century urban layout, but still has few traces of its original murals. The Palace Castle is one of the most characteristic of the whole territory: it is an attractive walled town with a unique urban structure developed along the slopes of the slopes of Monte Caudino, featuring mighty stone and stone walls and a beautiful 15th-century gateway. Finally, the most geographically west, is the Caudino Castle, near which a memorable battle between the Guelph and Ghibelline forces was fought for possession of the territory.

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The historic center of Arcevia, a beautiful place in the province of Ancona

Arcevia’s tour can begin from the mighty city walls (XIII-XVI century), which can be reached in several places, with some circular towers, two polygonal towers, and four of the five original doors. Near Porta del Sasso there is the church of St. Francesco di Paola (1728-’30), the baroque masterpiece of the local architect Arcangelo Vici; you can reach the most important street of Corso Mazzini, called the ‘500’ main street, where you can see the most important buildings of the city.

At the beginning, moving from east to west, the Duchess Palace (first half of the 17th century) is on the right, so called because this was the summer residence of Livia della Rovere; faces the apse and the side of the most important religious monument of the city: the Collegiate of San Medardo.

From the church, you reach right onto Ramazzani until you reach Fiorenzuola’s alley; From here you go down to Via Angelo Rocca, where there is the church of St. Maria del Soccorso, built in the XVI century by the Augustinian Fathers, where various works of high artistic value are preserved. Returning back to Corso Mazzini, and continuing towards the central square, you will see on the left the wonderful facade of Palazzo Anselmi (XV-XIX century) and immediately after the Complex of St. Francesco, attested by the end of the thirteenth century, when the Franciscans decided to build their convent within the historic center.

Continuing, you reach Piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the historic center, where you can see the town hall, one of the oldest in the region (attested by 1259); continuing on the right, here is Palazzo Mannelli then Pianetti, a splendid late Renaissance building, one of the most beautiful in the province. A few meters further, on the other side of the road, stands the Palazzo dei Priori (XIV century), with a revolted room of that time which is annexed to the Misa Municipal Theater (XVII century, restored between 1840 and 1845). Finally, on the same side of the course, there are the church of S. Agata and the church of St. John the Baptist.

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