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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 at the centre of the hilly mountain territory crossed by the Apsa Torrent, a valley of eroded slopes and rock formations shaped like castle fortifications.
The ancient fortified village had a castle which has now gone. In 962 it was given in fief by Emperor Otto I to the Count of Carpegna. It would appear that the name derives from the name of a plant with rose coloured petals called "robbia" or alternatively, from the reddish colour of a conglomerate rock (petra rubra) made up of round pebbles which are cemented together. Like many other towns in this area, it was ruled over by the Malatesta family until it finally fell under the authority of Federico da Montefeltro in the 15th Century, thus becoming part of the Duchy of Urbino until it was passed to the Papal State in 1631. The 14th Century castle ruins bear witness to its early history as well as the 12th Century church of Sant' Arduino, in a village of the same name - the village is also noted for its spring which is rich in sodium bromide and sodium iodide.
Pietrarubbia also houses a well known centre for the artistic use of metal, headed by the famous sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. There is an exhibition of the best work by his students and trainees in the ancient building of the "Fondazione Pomodoro".

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