Marche’s Fortresses and castles

Marche's territories, located between the Apennines and the coast, are characterized by gentle rolling hills, dominated by villages surrounded by medieval walls or protected by strongholds. These places, less well known than the art cities, are appreciated not only by lovers of castles, medieval architecture and defensive military constructions. Splendid fortresses built for defence, or the desire to rule, can be appreciated in the province of Pesaro and Urbino: the Castle of Gradara and the Costanza Fortress by Luciano Laurana in Pesaro. In Mondavio, Sassocorvaro and Cagli, instead, it is well worth visiting the fortresses built by the military architect from Siena, Francesco di Giorgio Martini. Not to be missed is the imposing Brancaleone Castle in Piobbico.

In the province of Ancona it is also worth visiting Arcevia and its nine “castles”, Corinaldo, with its impressive town walls, the Fortress of Offagna, with its Museum of medieval Weapons, Sassoferrato with the Albornoz Fortress and Senigallia with the Roveresca Fortress designed by Baccio Pontelli. Not so far to Macerata are Caldarola, with the Pallotta Castle, and nearby the feudal castles of Pievefavera, Croce and Vestignano; Camerino, surrounded by a defence system dating back to the time of the Varano family, San Ginesio, Tolentino with the Rancia Castle, and the Urbisaglia Fortress dominating the valley.

Ascoli Piceno boasts the Malatesta and Pia Fortresses, as well as the nearby Acquasanta Terme, Castel di Luco and Arquata del Tronto, which were already known in Roman Times. Also worth visiting is Acquaviva Picena with its grand fortress, and Moresco, crowned by a 12th century hexagonal tower. There are many villas too, such as the Della Rovere Villa also called “Imperiale” near Pesaro, and Villa Buonaccorsi with an impressive Italian-style garden located in Potenza Picena.

Source: I Like Italy
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