HAMLETS & CASTLES
Candelara is a small hamlet located on the hillside a few kilometres from Pesaro which can easily be reached in a few minutes. Surrounded by small valleys, olive trees, vines and oak woods, its location affords the visitor a panorama that stretches from the sea to the Apennines.
Casteldimezzo is located on the San Bartolo hill, between Fiorenzuola di Focara and Gabicce Monte, and can be reached by taking the breathtaking panoramic route. All that is left of the castle– contested by the churches of Ravenna and Pesaro, then governed by the Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere families in turn–are the city walls on which the fortress was built. These have not been restored but are still fully visible.
Fiorenzuola di Focara
Fiorenzuola di Focara is a picturesque hamlet on the San Bartolo hill, between Pesaro and Gabicce Monte, which can be reached by taking the panoramic road. The castle was part of the defensive system –together with Casteldimezzo, Gradara and Granarola-that guarded the Siligata mountain pass and defined the border between the dominions of the Churches of Ravenna and Pesaro; and later between the dominions of the Malatesta from Rimini and Pesaro.
Ginestreto, from its peaceful position on the hillside in the hinterland of Pesaro, tells a tale that stretches back over one thousand years of history. Its castle was founded around the middle of the 10th century.
Various sections of its walls and archway still remain, as does the Romanesque parish Church of S. Pietro, which occupies the site of a previous settlement.
Novilara is an ancient walled hamlet, surrounded by solid walls built for defence, which date back to the Etruscan period. Located at around 4 km from Pesaro, on the top of hills that divide the Valle del Foglia from the Valle del Metauro, it offers a splendid 360° view spanning from the sea to the Apennines, from Pesaro to Fano, as far as Senigallia. Here, the panorama is endless.