towns & villages

Photo of the day: window in Torricella

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

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 […]

Cagli again (plus Giovanni Santi frescos)

The focus of the exhibition Raffaello e Urbino is not only on Raphael’s own paintings but also on his influences, first of all Giovanni Santi, Raphael’s father. Until July 12th the Church of San Domenico in Cagli will stay open to give everybody the possibility of seeing Giovanni Santi’s last work, the Tiranni Chapel, […]

Urbania “vs.” Urbino

Do not mix up Urbino and Urbania..
Urbino is where Raphael was born, famous for the Ducal Palace and it’s Torricini (it’s the first example of a Renaissance Palace) and Federico da Montefeltro, the guy with the “interesting” profile.
Urbania is a pretty little town, 20 minutes drive west of Urbino, surrounded by the river Metauro […]

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 […]


My granfather (my dad’s dad) was born here, Cesenatico is a nice little town on the Adriatic coast, just a bit north of Rimini and about 1.15 hours away from the Locanda.
I’m not a great fan of most of the Emilia Romagna and Le Marche coastal areas (except a few amazing areas) and Cesenatico […]

Just a couple of shots of Urbania


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.


Cagli is a lovely little town just 15 minutes drive south of Valle Nuova, I was there on Sunday with Chicca, my dog.
This is one of the many towns in Northern Le Marche where the famous Architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini worked building fortresses and fortifications for Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino. In Cagli the […]