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    8 things not to miss in Montegridolfo

    Montegridolfo

    Town walls
    Built by the Malatesta family, they are imposing and consolidated thanks to fine turrets. On arriving at the castle, it is necessary to flank them in order to reach the only entrance. The area affords beautiful views of the sea and the hills.

    Castle gateway
    This elegant opening, topped by a turret, dates from the 16th century. The tower is accessed via an elevated walkway and passing through the gate leads to the square, overlooked by the townhall. At the centre is Viviani chapel, with a copy of the Black Madonna, that replaced the 13th-century church that was destroyed.

    Old town
    The urban layout has remained mediaeval and consists in narrow quarters, some of which are covered. Walking around the village gives an idea of its former harmony that the new shops and restaurants do not detract from.

    Palazzo Viviani
    An interesting and attractive building that stands on the remains of the fortress. Today it houses a prestigious hotel and restaurant with conservatory and park. It owes its name to a nobleman from Urbino who was appointed cavalier by Napoleon.

    Church of San Rocco 14th century
    The oratory is just outside the walls. It has a simple shape with Gothic portal. It was once called the church of Santa Maria or the hospital church because, as was the custom of the time, it was adjacent to the pilgrim’s hospice. The frescoes it houses are dedicated to Our Lady, oddly superimposed on the same portion of wall. Three images of the Madonna painted in different centuries create three portrayals that can now be seen separately. They are the Madonna with Child Enthroned and angels between Saints Rocco and Sebastian by an anonymous artist from the Marche (1427 or 97), another piece attributed to local artist GirolamoMarchesi (1520-25) and a canvas by Guido Cagnacci (1623).

    Church of San Pietro 20th century
    Situated along the road that leads to Trebbio, it was built on the remains of a Romanesque church of which unfortunately nothing remains. A 15th-century fresco of Christ on the Holy Cross also shows nearby castles.

    Museum of the Gothic Line
    Housed in a renovated bunker under the walls, it has memorabilia found locally and linked to the destruction of the Gothic Line, as well as photographic material and documents.

    Trebbio, Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine delle Grazie 16thcentury
    An outlying village with numerous restaurants, it has always been popular with pilgrims since the church was built on the site where the Madonna appeared. Dating from the same period is a canvas depicting the Apparition of Our Lady painted in 1549 by Pompeo Morganti di Fano. Worth noting are the details that came from the depositions of those who saw the apparition and the landscape, where Montegridolfo castle can be seen. Although it has been extensively renovated, the current building retains an 18th-century layout.

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

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    Last update: 16/03/2017