Secured on a hill immersed in the greenery of the
Apennines, the Country House lies in an area that
borders on the Marche, Tuscany and Umbria.

It is a privileged place to stay to visit splendid cities of art: Urbino, San Leo, Arezzo, Siena, Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi and the Republic of San Marino….

 
Pool with heated swimming water
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CASTELLO DELLA PIEVE

Castello della Pieve is a characteristic medieval village, set at a height of about 550 metres above sea level in the municipal area of Mercatello sul Metauro.
The village was recently restored preserving its original architectural features: the stone houses, the ancient tower and the little church, which is still consecrated, dominate the beautiful woodland scrub of the Alpe della Luna with their ancient charm.

Far from the cement buildings erected by a civilisation of haste, in Castello della Pieve you can trace a magical journey in search of sensations, perfumes and scents from times gone by. The invitation to visit this place is directed at those who are also searching for the intense emotions offered by nature.
 
THE HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE

According to legend, Castello della Pieve originated near an ancient Pagan temple dedicated to the God of the MetauroRiver. The Castle was built after the break-up of the Roman Empire and in the 12th century it was fortified to protect the ancient Pieve d’Ico, today Mercatello sul Metauro. It played an important role in the military geography of the surrounding area. The armigers left the castle in the 13th century and it was inhabited by peaceful peasants: they founded a community with considerable financial and administrative autonomy.
In the second half of the Twentieth century, the process of fleeing the countryside led to the village being abandoned and it was no longer inhabited until a few years ago.
Here, various political events changed the fate of whole families, strangers and celebrated men. In the twenty-metre high Tower, which still dominates the valley, the armigers faced intrigue, defeat and victory, and seemingly endless nights lit only by stars and dim candlelight.

A stone laid in the Tower recalls how, in Castello della Pieve, in 1301, Charles of Valois, the King of France’s brother decreed Dante Alighieri’s exile together with Corso Donati, the rector of Massa Trabaria.

 

THE ARCHITECTURE
Travellers who cast their gaze on Castello della Pieve cannot help but be enchanted by a place that boasts rare architectural authenticity.
The structure is typical of fortified medieval villages, characterised by double-faced buildings, one side facing the only alley that follows the ridge and the other facing the steep slopes that protect the village.

The medieval tower, set in a central position, is made of large stone ashlars. The ruins of a seventeenth-century bell-tower, made of sandstone slabs, stand on the top.
The little stone road joins the houses and heads down towards the MetauroRiver.

The little old church
with its three arch porch covered by a vault and an attractive bell-tower add value to the village. It is still consecrated and christenings and weddings are celebrated here.
   
The houses have supporting sandstone structures, which make very thick stonework.
The floors are made of large wooden beams, which are overlapped by rafters and axes that support terracotta-tiled floors or floors with stone slabs. The large stone fireplaces are characteristic.
 
THE VILLAGE TODAY
Castello della Pieve has recently been renovated and arranged into welcoming accommodation for tourists.