hilltop-towns

Torricini in Urbino being “unwrapped”

The Torricini, the famous towers of the Ducal Palace façade in Urbino, have been under restoration for over two years. They will soon be ready to be seen again, the “unwrapping” began and in Urbino everybody is excited.
The 550 years old Urbino Torricini, designed by the Architect Luciano Laurana between 1467 and 1472, were […]

Photo of the day: window in Torricella

Cute window in the teensy walled village of Torricella, near Fossombrone, my latest discovery

Photo of the day: Duomo in Urbino bricks at sunset

 

Photo of the day: wall in Piobbico

San Leo

The ancient land of the Montefeltro, lodged between the regions of Le Marche, Romagna and Tuscany, which Duke Federico (1422-1482) drew together, counted a large number of fortresses, built in medieval times to control and safeguard an impervious terrain that would otherwise have been easily conquered by enemy forces. Nonetheless, previous existent fortifications could […]

Barchi: Maialino day

Last Saturday Jürgen Michel (born in Süd Tirol/Alto Adige, that’s why the German-looking name), a friend and fellow organic breeder, organized the “3rd Maialino Day” in Barchi. My friends from Agriturismo alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi (Umbria) were visiting so, joined by three joung and resolute Americans who are beginning a great adventure […]

Sassocorvaro

A few days ago I went to Sassocorvaro, the evening light gives a special feel to the Rocca, an amazing and very little known example of Francesco di Giorgio Martini architecture.

Mondavio

Mondavio is a beautiful hilltop-town in Northern Le Marche that stands just a few km inland from the Adriatic sea. The “Rocca” (fortress) was designed by Francesco Martini and it’s an amazing example of his style. Francesco di Giorgio Martini worked for Federico da Montefeltro during the 1460s and designed almost seventy fortifications and […]

Frontone

We went to Frontone to have lunch with Juan Ramón and Mari Carmen, two guests/friends from Spain. The day was not sunny but Frontone is quite photogenic even if the weather was not perfect. Frontone is an amazing tiny fortified village topped by an imposing castle. This has been an important fortification during the […]