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Piobbico

Situated along a charming Apennine valley which rises up from Acqualagna towards the Bocca Serriola Pass (730 m), it stands at the confluence of the Biscubio and Candigliano mountain torrents, between Monte Nerone (1526 m) and Monte Mondiego (976 m).
Its history is bound up with that of the Counts of Brancaleone, who were relations of the Montefeltro family and died out in 1729. The fine castle built by the early lords still dominates the town from the hill above it, surrounded by the houses of the Medieval 'borghetto'. It is reached through two gates, one at the end of the bridge over the Candigliano, and the other below the 14th Century church of San Pietro. The castle (which can be visited by guided tour) is built around a number of courtyards and its rooms are richly decorated with frescoes, stucco-work and late Renaissance fireplaces. The original Medieval manor was rebuilt between the 15th and 16th centuries by Guido Brancaleoni and his son Roberto, incorporating the earlier building. When Roberto died in 1538, it was his nephew Antonio who commissioned the most ambitious building work, as can be seen from the date 1587 which appears in the first courtyard. Later still, in 1625, the Oratorio di San Carlo was built to the left of the entrance to serve as the castle's private chapel. Another important building in Piobbico is the church of Santo Stefano, rebuilt in the 18th Century. Inside there is a splendid painting by Federico Barocci ("Rest during the Flight into Egypt") and statues by Federico Brandani. Just outside the town is the sanctuary of Santa Maria in Val d'Abisso with a painting by Raffaellino del Colle ("The Assumption").
Its mild climate, even during the hottest period of the year, its pure invigorating air, its water, rich in minerals and natural fluorides, and its numerous nature trails make Piobbico one of the finest mountain resorts in the Central Apennines.

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