Studentessa Matta takes us for a visit in Le Marche region. A unique place to discover...
Le Marche is a beautiful region of Italy that is bordered by Emilia Romana to the north, Tuscan to the north-west and Umbria to the West. With Nadia, a native who is passionate about her paese, we will venture out into the surrounding area and discover more about her beloved region. We will visit towns, villages, hills, plains…and even castles! In this guest post, Nadia tells about a very special castle that we will visit in the medieval village of Frontone.
Frontone is an enchantment of nature: perched on a top of a steep hill it dominates from on high the valley below with its grandeur and bravura; the history of Frontone is tied above all else to the castel, contested by princes and warriors in order to dominate the surrounding principalities and still today represents one of the finest examples of military architecture of the eleventh century. The first news about the Frontone Castle dates backe to the eleventh century and its history is linked to the Lords of Gubbio, Cagli and Urbino and a history that is rich in nobility and charm. The castle of Frontone is owned today by the town and is open to visitors.
The natural environment in which this beautiful castle is located, is absolutely one of the most striking in the Marches, as it is located very near to the imposing Mount Catria: we are speaking of a surrounding area that is pristine and lush, situated 600 meters above sea leave, but still well preserved by the skillful work of men who have lived and continue to live here making Frontone an ideal place for a holiday communing with nature. It is possible to explore the entire area on foot using the trails and mule tracks that run through the terrain to the peaks of Catria (1700m) to Acate (926m).
Here in this wild area surrounding the Frontone castel you will discover hidden natural gems, like mushrooms, strawberries, blackberries and truffles, as well as other infinite surprises, like the start of a deer or roe deer… and if you are especially lucky the majestic and regal flight of a circling eagle.
From a culinary point of view, Frontone is famous for its “crescia” – not to be confused with the “piadina” (flatbread). Over the years local cooking masters and chefs have maintained the recipe, so as to retain the original flavor and taste of the recipe. It is a point of pride amongst the people living here and is a thing that visitors must try during their stay in Frontone. Often times it is worth a visit to Frontone just to sample this local specialty that is served stuffed with field greens, sausage or cheese and other delicious fillings.
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