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The Marche at the medieval age: the village of Mombaroccio

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6635.JPG Hello my friends, welcome to My Own Italy!

Our travel to Italy leads us to The Marche to discover one of the most charateristic and ancient villages in Italy: Mombaroccio.

So, let's come in and visit this beautiful village!


b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6668.JPG Mombaroccio is a village within the walls with two gates, one of which, the Porta Maggiore, really beautiful and characterized by two large cylindrical towers on either side. It offers the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant walk along the high walls that overlook beautiful views of the valleys.

 Lying to the south-east to north-west along the ridge of a hill, the village of Mombaroccio, located about 20 km from Pesaro, is entirely surrounded by thick walls built to protect the ancient 'castle'. Characteristic herringbone configuration with the major buildings on either side of the road axis center.


 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6677.JPGThe name of the village "Mombaroccio" comes from the italian  "The Biroccio", the traditional means of transport of the Marche.

The tradition dates back the origins of Mombaroccio to the thirteenth century, following the union of five 'castles' existing in the surrounding area at that time. Originally it was part of the dominions of the Church, then moved to the Malatesta of Pesaro family and then to the Sforza, who conquered it in 1445 thanks to the use of the first firearms.


b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6650.JPG  In 1543 Mombaroccio was granted to the Marquis Ranieri of Bourbon Del Monte and to his successors who held it until 1643, when Mombaroccio became the property of the Pontifical State.

 During the Napoleonic era there was a period of decline, while since the unification of Italy, the country experienced a positive period.

 The medieval old town of Mombaroccio is its greatest feature: enclosed within fifteenth important walls, it can be accessed through two different entrances: Porta Maggiore, the main entrance to the medieval town, and Porta Marina, so called because it faces the sea.



At the entrance of the village stands the majestic Porta Maggiore (XV), flanked by two round towers contemporaries.

Among the buildings stands out the Palazzo Del Monte, the former residence of the Marquis Del Monte, where you can visit the large garden and the raised walkway.



 You can't miss a visit to the picturesque parish church of Saints Vito and Modesto, with their interesting paintings of the baroque school, and, at the center of the square, flanked by beautiful fifteenth-century municipal tower, the church and convent of San Marco, the locations of the Museum of Sacred Art, with paintings, manuscripts, altarpieces, engravings, tapestries, furniture and art objects, and also the Museum of Rural Civilisation where agricultural tools and objects of the artisan tradition are exposed.



 Other highlights include the adjoining caves of the eighteenth century, about 40 m long, once a frigidaire of the convent handouts and dug into the tuff, perfectly intact in their volumes. A permanent exhibition of embroidery, bearing witness to an ancient tradition practiced by women of Mombaroccio, is set in the charming rooms in the village at the base of the civic tower of 1608

In the Photo Exhibition located in the harmonious cloister of San Marco, consisting of approximately 100 photographs, characters and environments of the City - from the early twentieth century to the Second World War - are represented.



 Less than two kilometers from Mombaroccio, entirely covered by a forest of oaks, holm oaks and chestnut trees, the hill (d. 393), which is home to the church and convent of the Blessed Sante, an ancient Franciscan hermitage (XIII ) has been raised up, renewed and changed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.



The place is now a destination for religious pilgrimages, tours and sightseeing beacuse of the precious works of art preserved in the church and in some parts of the convent.

You can also appreciate many local craft products: from embroidery to the icons, from ceramics to wood furniture, and there are also stained glass windows, mosaics, sculptures, wrought iron.

Amongyou can buy the local specialties just like the excellent olive oil and honey.

In short, Mombaroccio is really an interesting village and a must see destination during your holiday in the Marche.


 Read more on TGCOM24  and if you like to taste the local cuisine I suggest you have your lunch or dinner in a  romantic restaurant restaurant located just right at the entrance of Mombaroccio.

 Leisure me: this is my tourism!

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