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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)


Situated along the road known as the "montelabbatese", it stands in the Lower Foglia Valley, fairly close to Pesaro (12 km).
As the name of the town suggests, this was once "Monte dell'Abate", a hill castle belonging to the Abbey of San Tommaso in Foglia (10th Century). Its austere Romanesque church, built with a triple nave, can still be visited. Pope Clement II died here of malaria in 1047 and Emperor Lothar III stayed here in 1137. The Malatesta family built Montelabbate castle - the keep with its small prison still survives. The castle, already partly in ruins, was then transformed into the residence of the military captain, and was later given by Duke Guidubaldo II Della Rovere in fief to Gian Giacomo Leonardi and his successors, together with the surrounding territory.
The town of Montelabbate and the borgo below, is known today for its annual "Sagra delle pesche" (Peach Festival) - the surrounding area has many large producers of this fruit.

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