MERCATELLO SUL METAURO
Located on the slopes of the Apennines, where Marche, Tuscany, Umbria and Romagna intersect and where the torrents Meta and Auro join to form the river Metauro. Mercatello offers to their visitors glimpses of landscapes reminiscent of artists such as Pier della Francesca and Raffaello. A recent study has claimed that Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by these hills for the background of "La Gioconda " . Every corner of this country contains the memory of past history. In the Collegiate Church is preserved Byzantine icon revered as the patroness by earthquakes and in the church of S. Francesco you can Crucifix by Giovanni da Rimini, a very important table that marks the intermediate step between the Gothic by Cimabue and Giotto's pictorial modernity.
Few people know that just in the territory of Mercatello sul Metauro, in the village of Castello della Pieve, it was decided the exile of the poet Dante Alighieri. Within the walls of the Palazzo Ducale, designed by the architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini, spent his first years of life the leader Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino , known to history for its value as a military strategist and patron of the arts here passed Napoleon Bonaparte, Giuseppe Garibaldi , and then , finally , the German army with the notorious Gothic Line. A Mercatello, however, can not breathe only air combat, but also to holiness. Here were born, in fact, before the Blessed Margaret of Metola and, in 600, S. Veronica Giuliani, the patron saint of photographers and reporters. His birthplace is now part of the local Capuchin convent, and in it are still jealously preserved many relics of his earthly life.
Mercatello , however, does not meet the requirement of the lovers of Art and Religiosity ; sports enthusiasts , in fact, offers many paths for lovers of the race, for bikers and lovers of the trial. Just 3 km there is also a brand new golf course where golf enthusiasts can hone their skills. Mercatello sul Metauro boasts the orange flag of the Touring Club of Italy, eco -tourism and environment that rewards those countries that know better preserve their tradition, like culinary tradition which is also confirmed by the many gourmet who come to enjoy the many specialties ranging from truffles to the beef steaks from Marches.
On the border between country and country, to dominate everything from above the village , there is " Balducci House " , a small family-run property ready to accommodate those looking for relaxation and nature in the company of their 4-legged friends . To welcome you there will be Maurizio , movie buff , good books and a kitchen. The 3 bedrooms, ready to accommodate you , you will find a wide range of volumes that will satisfy your every need and dvd movies too often forgotten by large retailers.