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Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino
Sito in fase di aggiornamento a seguito del riordino delle Province (L. 56/14 e L.R. Marche 13/15)


Stands alongside the ancient Flaminian Way, south-west of Furlo Gorge (35 km from Fano), where the River Burano joins the Candigliano. Behind it, to the north-east are the steep slopes of Monte Pietralata and Monte Paganuccio, while to the south-west stand the Apennine peaks of Monte Catria and Monte Nerone.
Described as 'burgo aqualania' in a parchment of 1292, it was first built as a small valley settlement for the ancient castle of Monfalcone whose ruins can still be seen today in the town's Castellaccia district. The roman villa of Pitinum Mergens also stood in this area - its remains are still largely unexplored. Outside the modest modern town, where the famous National Truffle Fair takes place each year, there are several interesting places to visit. Finest of these is the simple Romanesque Abbey of San Vincenzo at Furlo. Today this is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in the Marche region, built prior to 970. Next to the church are the remains of a viaduct, built with vast blocks of stone and with buttresses dating back to the time of Emperor Augustus, and constructed to support the ancient Flaminian Way. Another interesting church is the Sanctuary of Pelingo which holds a painting ("Our Lady of the Rosary") by Girolamo Cialdieri. At nearby Pietralata stands an ancient circular lookout tower while at Farneta we can see the remains of a small Montefeltro fortification and also the 14th Century Church of San Giovanni. Finally, along the road leading to Piobbico and the Apennine pass of Bocca Serriola, there is the Church of the Madonna del Pietriccio whose entrance loggia is decorated with 14th Century frescoes. Further on is the abbey church of Santa Maria Nuova (already flourishing in the 12th Century) and Naro Castle, originally the ancient seat of a Guelph family named Siccardi before it was taken by the Ghibelline clan of Mastini and finally passed on to the Berardi family in the 16th Century.
The waters of the River Candigliano cut through the spectacular Furlo Gorge, between the steep cliffs of Monte Pietralata and Monte Paganuccio. This was once a strategic point in the control of the Flaminian Way. Here, you can still drive through the tunnel which was carved through the rock during the time of Emperor Vespasian (79 AD). Alongside is a smaller tunnel which dates back to an earlier period.

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