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    Poggio Torriana

    In Poggio Berni

    Palazzo Marcosanti 13th century
    Now a prestigious hotel and restaurant, it was once known as the “Tomba di Poggio Berni”, a mediaeval name given to fortified country residences. The bastions at the corners of the building are proof of its former role. It is one of the best-preserved Malatesta sites and dominates the Uso and Marecchia valleys. It has two 14th-century Gothic portals; the internal one has achessboard, the Malatesta coat of arms.

    Palazzo Astolfi 18th century
    A charming residence built at the end of the 18th century by a high-ranking prelate who left his archbishop’sinsignia on its walls. Its mediaeval foundations can be seen in the cellar, where there is also an olive press. The rooms are decorated with authentic frescoes and the kitchen has a large oven. Today it is an elegant accommodation facility and holiday farm.

    Sapignoli Mill Museum
    Recently renovated it is now a museum celebrating the art of milling and it can even be seen in action. The museum narrates how important the area was for the Malatesta as a reserve for their economic power and in particular, as the breadbasket of the seignory. A splendid building and gateway to the“Marecchia Valley Mill Route” it has several exhibition rooms in the former storerooms and stables, as well as a large millstone room. It also has a beautiful park covering over 5,000 m².

    In Torriana and Montebello

    Torriana Fortress 15th century
    Only the exterior can be visited. Dating from the Malatesta period, the fortress was extensively renovated in the late 20th century. The entrance gateway, two round towers, cistern, part of the walls and the keep are all original. Overlooking the fortress, in the old village of Scorticata, is the small church dedicated to St. Phillip and St. James that, thanks to its position on the highest part of the mountain, affords breathtaking views of the Marecchia valley. Precisely because it was built onthis peak it controlled the surrounding area, signalling attacks to other lookout posts and to Verucchio opposite, creating a barricade across the valley.

    Torriana Tower 13th century
    Recently renovated, it overlooks anextremely panoramic area.

    The Water Tree
    This is a terraced fountain in Piazza S. Allende, in the heart of the current village. It was created by the poet Tonino Guerra to pay homage to the Marecchia river.

    Montebello Castle 11th century
    Built in the early 11th century, this extraordinary construction dominates the village. Its elegance and severity bear witness to its initial defensive purpose and subsequentuse as a noble residence, after reconstruction work in the mid-15thcentury. The keep is part of the original building, whilst the internal rooms and beautiful courtyard date from the 16th century when its current owners, the counts Guidi di Bagno, took over from theMalatesta, enfeoffed by the Pope in 1463. A visit reveals not only the delightful treasures it houses, but also its surprising legend. Rare pieces include fine furniture from various eras (14th - 18th century) and a collection of heavy strong boxes and chests, including one whose lid is an 11th-century Islamic tablet that, it is claimed, was brought back from the Crusades.

    Saiano
    This fascinating solitary rocky spur rises from the water; on its summit stands an architectural complex in the heart of the Nature Oasis. The sanctuary stands on a rock and is where a miraculous Our Lady of the Rosary (16th century) is venerated by pregnant women in particular. Known as the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Saiano, it is surrounded by lush greenery and is mirrored in the lakes and water of the Marecchia river. Just a few ruins and a Byzantine-style cylindrical tower remain of the old fortifications. Following the prolonged insistence of the poet Tonino Guerra, a few decades ago the church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Carmel underwent restoration work acquiring an artistic bronzedoor created by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, known as the“door that collects sunsets”.

    Taken from Malatesta & Montefeltro: a journey through the hills of Rimini

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    Last update: 16/03/2017