HISTORY AND CULTURE

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HISTORY AND CULTURE

Lands of castles and fortresses, enchanted places where the signs of art and culture are in an ongoing dialogue with the landscape.

The Marecchia and Conca Valleys are the lands between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance which were disputed by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini, and Federico da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino.

The fortresses, the parish churches, the towers, and fortified villages which can be found at every turn are historic and artistic testimonies of a rich and turbulent past.

But these lands have been the destination and residence of illustrious and famous men, from Dante to San Francesco, from Cagliostro to Ezra Pound, from Leonardo (Renaissance views) to Piero Della Francesca (Piero’s balconies) to arrive at Arnaldo Pomodoro, Federico Fellini, and Tonino Guerra.

The millennium presence of man in these valleys carries with it a special story where the signs of art and culture are in an on-going dialogue with the landscape, places in which the residents know each other and visitors can immerse themselves in a search for beauty–recognizable also thanks to the quality trademarks ‘Borghi più belli d’Italia’ and ‘Bandiera Arancione del TCI’–creativity and craftsmanship.

CASTLES AND FORTRESSES

Two valleys, a great story

The long and violent feud which saw as protagonists the houses of the Malatesta and  Montefeltro families left an indelible mark on the two valleys.

In a luxuriant and thriving nature fortresses with a timeless charm are immersed, majestic castles and fortified villages that reveal the uproar of those years in all its nuances.

THE THEATRICAL NETWORKS IN
VALCONCA AND VALMARECCHIA

Theatres

The valleys safeguard historical theaters that have become active in networks and transformed into important cultural structures. Each ‘knot’ of the ‘network’, has its own precise identity that characterise it by typology artistic-cultural, public, and performances.

Museums

The rich offer of museums in the two valleys

The two valleys boast a massive presence of museums. Numbers made more interesting by the different themes treated in the museum halls dislocated over the entire territory.

From Villanovan civilization to Romanesque traces, from mining to mathematics, from farming culture to the visions of Tonino Guerra, passing through history, nature, and ethnographic traditions.

FROM COUNTRY TRADITIONS TO CULTURAL, THEATRICAL AND MUSICAL EVENTS

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

The great cultural ferment that historically characterizes these lands has encouraged the birth and proliferation of important festivals and events. Among the many, we mention “Santarcangelo Festival”, which for more than 50 years has brought  to the territory the most innovative and revolutionary international theatrical creations, or the Performing Arts Festival “Artisti in Piazza”, which for almost thirty years has hosted street artists from all over the world, transforming the small medieval village of Pennabilli into an open-air theater, or the “Verucchio Music Festival” with its quality music in the beautiful setting of the Churchyard. There is also the “800 Festival” in Saludecio or the “Palio del Daino” in Mondaino, historical re-enactments and tributes to ancient traditions. Many others initiatives are related to rural and religious traditions.

TOUCH YOUR EXPERIENCE

Local craftsmanship

Traditions from father to son

Travelling along the Marecchia and Conca valleys, it’s easy to come across small artisan stores where ancient craftsmen continue to offer objects of great value and quality. It’s precious to see skilled hands that continue to pass on the art from father to son, from generation to generation. Here it’s possible to find the stone pans in which “piada” was cooked or the hand-printed ctextiles used as tablecloths, tea towels in the kitchens of the Romagna “Azdore”. From the capacious wicker baskets once used to the transport to the ancient brooms and broomsticks made of sorghum. And more: straw baskets woven and decorated by hand for bread, terracotta pots, ceramic bowls, plates and cups, frames and wooden cutting boards, mosaics and many wrought iron objects.

Themed Events

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GAL – GROUP OF LOCAL ACTIONS MARECCHIA AND CONCA VALLEY Soc. Cons. a r.l.