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A remarkably pretty fortified hill town, all of a medieval piece. It has some of the best-preserved 15thC defensive walls in the Marche. Walk along long stretches of the battlements and admire the sweeping views.

It's worth wandering up and down the narrow stepped streets, and visiting the shrine to St Maria Goretti, the town's own 20thC saint, murdered in 1902 at the age of 12 by a would-be rapist whom she resisted. She was canonized in 1950 as a martyr.
The town is in Verdicchio wine country and the local cooperative winery, Val di Nevola, produces some excellent value bottles.

Steps in Full Bloom

Old Walls

Main Piazza

More Steps in Bloom



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