MONDAVIO – A MARCHE GEM

by sabine | maggio 15th, 2010

Mondavio is surely one of the loveliest places in our Province Pesaro and Urbino.

The town itself is an easy and scenic drive that winds up hill after hill as you move inland.

The name Mondavio appeared for the first time in a paper of 1178 therefore it existed before the passage of St. Francis of Assisi who was given the place from the Ricci family to build the convent. They say that the saint was very pleased by the peculiarity of the place and the variety of the birds. From that expression sprang the denomination of Mons Avum as “Monte degli uccelli” – mountain of the birds – (today on the town’s arms-of-coat there is a dove)

The castle and the three bell towers, all within the perfectly preserved town walls, dominate the surrounding countryside. It was the work of the Tuscan architect Francesco Giorgio di Martini, revolutionary in its design. The five storey main tower in the shape of an octagon dominates the castle and was the last line of defence.

If you are in town during August then the “Hunting of the Wild Boar” festa is well worth a visit!

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