Macerata Feltria medieval village (Pesaro-Urbino - Italy)
Macerata Feltria is a town located in the heart of Montefeltro, on the hills that separate the valleys of the Foglia and Conca, of ancient origins was founded even in pre-Roman times, with the name of Pitinum Pisaurense, before being destroyed and rebuilt with the current name of Macerata. Thanks to the cutting and trade of timber from the surrounding large expanses of woodland, the town experienced a period of well-being throughout the Roman era, and then underwent destruction by the Goths. The village was then subject to the Lombard domination and later to the Municipality of Rimini. Involved like many other realities of the area in the struggle between the Malatesta and the Montefeltro, Macerata was finally occupied by Federico da Montefeltro and subsequently followed the fate of the Duchy of Urbino, until the annexation to the Papal State.
Macerata Feltria is presented today divided into two distinct parts, the oldest and fortified called "Castello", which dates back to the Lombard period, which is high up on a hill and is dominated by the distinctive shape of the Civic Tower and a more recent part that constitutes the active and modern nucleus with a small historical center that occupies the lower area. The visit described here refers only to the oldest part ie the "Castle". To reach the Castle you can use the car and get directly to the heart of the village, I recommend another route that starts from the lower area near the Lucchini bridge a structure that dates back to the fourteenth century. The bridge is located in Via Abeiena and is easily identifiable. From here begins the oldest route to access the village. Once the bridge is over, it begins to climb along a long stairway, flanked by some renovated houses that surely represent a small nucleus of houses of the past. The staircase ends on the main access road to the Castle, following the main road slightly uphill you soon find yourself among stone houses and narrow alleys of the most historic part of the Castle. Passing through a small doorway, a square appears overlooking an imposing building, Palazzo Evangelisti built in the sixteenth century and immediately after the façade of the church dedicated to San Giuseppe, dating back to the fourteenth century, which preserves some important works the canvas of the Madonna del Rosario. On the side of this square there is a balcony, one side of the princiaple square where the Palazzo del Podestà, now Civic Civic Museum, faces. On the right of the building an alley allows you to approach the civic tower that does not present anything interesting, indeed better to see it from afar. From here begins the visit to the archaeological area of Pitinum, after some excavation campaigns, it has been discovered a medieval necropolis and a Roman building area of the Republican period.
Macerata Feltria curiosity
In Macerata Feltria there is a Museum of Vintage Radio containing a rich collection of devices in perfect condition and functioning, a collection considered among the most complete in Italy, a museum for fans of the sector.
Macerata Feltria considerations
The "Castle" of Macerata Feltria is a well preserved, clean village with precise information on the main points of interest. The most interesting part of the historical nucleus is quite small and there are several renovated houses that have not respected the style of the village thus giving the idea of a development that is not attentive to the conservation and traditions of the place.
Macerata Feltria photo and video gallery
All the photos, albums and movies of Macerata Feltria on this site are from Robert.