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Morro D'Alba goes back about the year one thousand but the countryside was already inhabited during the Roman age.

At the time of the Longobard period, Morro D'Alba was the seat of an administration centre, responsible for the whole surrounding territory. Later on it became an important point of exchange and trade. The name of the village Morro comes from the pre-roman age word "moor" or "murr" which means "rise" and it indicates a prominent hill, like other villages belonging to this area. Since 1213, it developed as a castle and joined the rural area of Jesi.

In 1862, d'Alba was added to the ancient original name.

In and around the village:

  • A walk along the Town Walls (XIV century) offers a unique path, from where you can admire wonderful landscapes and the Villa Sant'Elena too. The covered raised walking known as "La Scarpa", namely "The Shoe", due to its shape (XVII century) is a landmark of this village.
  • Utensilia Musuem is a unique exhibition of the development accomplished by the rural population and craftsmen in the production of agricultural and domestic tools.
  • The St.Gaudenzio Church – Built in the XVIII century, it houses the paintings of Silvio Galimberti and fifteen oval paintings, representing the "Rosary's Misteries" (XVI-XVII century).
  • The Holy Sacrament Church – Built in the XVII century, this Church houses a collection of Church ornaments and vestments of the homonymous Confraternity a painting of Bernabeo Francioni representing the "Annunciation".
 
WORTH VISITING Print E-mail

The countryside of the Marche will delight you with the variety and charm of its panoramas and medieval villages together with the richness of its historic and artistic heritage waiting to be discovered in various trips around the region from Senigallia to the Tuscany border.

URBINO -a university centre, gem of the Renaissance, beautifully situated on two hills at the centre of the valley formed by the Foglia and Metauro rivers. An extremely ancient city having a Ducal Palace of such architectonic purity as cannot be compared to any other civil building in Italy. Paintings by famous artists such as Raffaello and Tiziano are to be found there.

GRADARA: - is famous for the story of Paolo and Francesca and the Malatestian castle which rises on a hill between the Marche and Romagna, only 15 km. from Pesaro. Tourists and historians go there to absorb the atmosphere of the elegant courtyard and austere rooms dating back to Italian feudal times.

LORETO: - situated in a panoramic position on a hillside overlooking the sea, partially surrounded by sixth century walls and ramparts. It is dominated by the Sanctuary of the Holy House , one of the most famous and venerated of Christian monuments, amongst the most important in Italy. It is truly a place of significance from a religious and artistic point of view.

RECANATI: birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi and Beniamino Gigli, and other artists and scientists, with many monuments, churches, aristocratic residences, museums and libraries. A national centre for the study of Leopardi's works hosting a number of artistic, literary and musical events of considerable importance.

SAN MARINO: - the smallest and oldest republic in the world, on an impressive natural balcony overlooking the Adriatic Riviera and the Romagnolo Appennines.

GROTTE DI FRASASSI: an impressive speleological complex with many large stalactites and stalagmites, limpid lakes and lighting effects: breath-taking sights of nature's own artwork and the unforgettable, vast Cavern of the Wind.

SAN LEO: A very historic little Montefeltro town a few kilometres from San Marino, 640 m. above sea-level on an enormous rocky crag. Its main attraction is its historic centre and the fortress built on top of a sheer cliff. Its historic and artistic attraction is only capped by the superb view - a breath-taking colourful panorama of hillsides and rocky outcrops.

GUBBIO:– a very picturesque and beautiful medieval town which, firmly and proudly retains the charm of bygone centuries as no other. The major tourist attractions are: the Ducal Palace, the Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Ubaldo. Age-old customs are revived in the "Candle Race" and the "Crossbow Contest" which take place every year in May.

ASSISI:– only 40 kilometres from Gubbio , this characteristically medieval town is the birthplace of St. Francis. Worth visiting: St. Francis' birthplace, the sumptuous Basilica of Holy Mary of the Angels, the prison, the Monastery.

ANCONA:– Ancona boasts the splendor of St.Cyriac's Cathedral on Guasco Hill – a truly unforgettable panorama. The presence of a fully-equipped port which opens out towards the east, gives the town a character which is firm and brusque though not lacking in civility. Together with Falconara Airport, the port is one of the most important tourist infrastructures of the region.

CORINALDO: - is situated on the hills between two valleys producing Verdicchio wine. It is also the birthplace of St. Maria Goretti. Monuments: medieval walls; Church of the Capuchin Friars with paintings by Ridolfi; Parish Church of St. Francis.

ARCEVIA: with its pine woods and verdant countryside, the town is the ideal place to spend a day away from it all. Monuments: Collegiate Chapter of St. Medardo (with works by Luca Signorelli and Giovanni della Robbia); Town Hall, in part dating back to XIII and XIV centuries.