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The Coastal and Hilltop Towns of le Marche

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Architettura e paesaggio

Grottammare and its medieval village

Grottammare
Architettura e paesaggio

Cupra Alta

Cupra Marittima
Architettura e paesaggio

Fermo - Torre di Palme

Fermo
Architettura e paesaggio

Civitanova Alta

Civitanova Marche
Architettura e paesaggio

Numana Alta

Numana
Architettura e paesaggio

Sirolo

Sirolo
Architettura e paesaggio

Gabicce Monte

Gabicce Mare
Architettura e paesaggio

Pesaro - Casteldimezzo

Pesaro
Architettura e paesaggio

Pesaro - Fiorenzuola di Focara

Pesaro
Always changing the coastal landscape of the Marche appears, in its shapes and colours, from Gabicce Mare to San Benedetto del Tronto, and so able to amaze it is, with its white cliffs dropping into the blue of the Adriatic Sea, with the deep green of the smooth hills dotted with old villages, and the ochre of the so long sandy shores. So it may happen to spot out in many villages of the coast an “upper village”, well protected by the walls of a castle high up on a hill and first living settlement, and the “seacoast”, the flat
area lying along the shore, only later used for living and commercial purpose.

This kind of composition pattern is typical of the medieval “castra” of Gabicce Monte (the ancient “Castellum Ligabitii”), Casteldimezzo and Fiorenzuola di Focara, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, as well as those of Falconara Alta, north of Ancona and, south, of Sirolo and Numana, ancient walled cities, whose origins are lost in the mists of time; different are Recanati, Potenza Picena and Sant’Elpidio a Mare, important towns, fairly far from the sea, whose seacoasts, first simple coast moorings, then began the major towns of Porto Recanati, Porto Potenza Picena and Porto Sant’Elpidio.

Emblematic is Civitanova Alta, with its suggestive walled village, dominating the sea, while the nearby Porto San Giorgio, the ancient “Navale Firmanorum”, has an upstream part, the Castello quarter and the Fortress and, past the highway, the seacoast; in the nearby stands the splendid Torre di Palme castle, clinging on a rock dropping into the sea. Then here are other cities of the Piceno area: Cupra Marittima and MaranoGrottammare and Grottammare Alta.

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