B&B | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Welcome to Casa Balducci! I am Maurizio Balducci and I own and manage “Casa Balducci” with my sister Laura. In the past I worked in the film and television industry and now I decided to come back to the hills of the Alta Valle del Metauro to oversee this small and cosy family business. My two affectionate cats, Filippo and Priscilla, keep me company and they will be happy to keep you company too! They like to play and be petted and are friendly with children.
There are three rooms which are all furnished with souvernirs of our journey that come from the Far East and the Americas, souvenirs of our journeys. As our guest, you will be able to rest here after hiking in the long mountain paths which surround the village or after visiting the many Medieval and Renaissance churches and buildings of the region. Our guest house is designed for those who want to spend a nice relaxing romantic holiday and want to protect their privacy and relax.
From the windows of our house, nature lovers will enjoy viewing the beauty of the green hills of the Apennines and the small medieval hamlets represented in the renowned paintings of Perugino, Raffaellin dal Colle and, of course, Raffaello and Piero della Francesca. In the morning you will be able to taste our natural and healthy breakfast, in which we offer specialties of the region: bread from the local mill, honey made by the bee-keepers of the village and fresh home-made cakes. Your pets are welcome and they will always find a bowl of fresh water and tasty food as a reward for their affection.
The costs are affordable and vary from € 45 for a single room to € 50 for a double room. I hope you will come and visit Casa Balducci so that we can welcome you with the hospitality typical of the Marche's inland. See you soon!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fano 73 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rimini-Miramare 69 km, Nearest railway: Pesaro 85 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available|
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Located on the slopes of the Apennines, where Marche, Tuscany, Umbria and Romagna intersect and where the Meta and Auro join to form the river Metauro Mercatello offers visitors glimpses of landscapes reminiscent of artists such as Piero della Francesca and Raphael. 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 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, then Giuseppe Garibaldi, and 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 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 a beef steaks marchigiano
Its Umbra origin dates back to about twelve centuries before Christ, when the Etruscans managed to stop Umbria's way. Umbra was also under the Romans, because Augustusincorporated the territory of upper Valley of Metauro in the VI Region, called Umbria. The “Vico”, placed between the two Roman municipalities of Tiferno Metaurense (S.Angelo in Vado) and Tiferno Tiberino ( Città di Castello), developed with their power and the spread of Christianity witch gave the land the name “Plebs vici” mispelled as Pieve d'Ico.
It then separated from the Roman civil and ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Città di Castello, when the Massa Trabaria was formed (so called because of its pine mountains that provided the beams construction of Basilicas of Rome along the Tevere river); Pipino il Breve, in 756, donated it to S.Pietro. The seat of Rome saw immediately in the parish church of S. Pietro and locations of rich markets- hence the toponym Mercatello (the first document we know “given to the Mercatello Forum” dates back to the 1186 – a sure bulwalk of Papal Power. Therefore, Celestino II in 1144 and Alessandro III in 1180 made it free and independent, subject directly to the Pope, main part of Massa Trabaria history , disputed more or less for a long time by the Lords of Brancaleoni 'ripensi and durantini' , Carpegna, Della Faggiola, Montefeltro and Malatesti.
In 1437 Mercatello, which had been purchased in 1361 by Branca Brancaleoni of Casteldurante for five thousand gold florins by the papal legate, leaves the Massa Trabaria in order to join Urbino. Thus, the marriage of Gentile Brancaleoni, Branca's nephew and owner of Mercatello, with Federico Montefeltro who will give the ducal palace to the new possession , designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini.
Formerly called Pieve d'Ico, in reference to the plebale church built here, today the name Mercatello sul Metauro derives from the 8th century when it assumed the role of functional market place crossroads at the junction between the wider Valley of Metauroand the one towardsthe mountains. The present day structure of the town dates back to this period, boasting on urban fabric rich in medieval and many buildings in Renaissance style.
Mercatello Sul Metauro
CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA OF METAURO: venerated because it was frescoed with Marian image. Inside, the revered statue of Our Madonna of the Good Love, a painting by Giovan Francesco Guerrieri from Fossombrone, a grandiose wooden ornate in altar and other valuable works of art.
PALAZZACCIO: building made in sixteenth century, ancient dwelling of the Fabbris, shaped like a ship it goes above the torrent S. Antonio, on an older stronghold. You can sense the Ducal architect Girolamo Genga's intervention (1476-1551).
DUCAL PALACE: in front of the monumental complex of S. Francesco, started by Federico da Montefeltro in 1474 by designs by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, remained unfinished. West side retains the imprint of fifteenth century origin. Impressive for the vastness and the beautiful celling vaults, some rooms on the ground floor and the first floor.
CHURCH AND MUSEUM OF S. FRANCESCO: in Romanic-Gothic style, the building houses very important work s of art from the 13th to 17th centuries, including a crucifix by Giovanni da Rimini of 1309 and a sumptuous polyptic by Giovanni Baronzio. Inside a splendid 'Museum-Pinacoteca' also maintains two medallions with depicting Lord of Urbino and the supposed sibling Ottaviano Ubaldini, important testimonies of the lordship of Montefeltro. The monumental complex, restored to its former glory, is one of oldest buildings of the order of Minor Friars.
PALAZZO STEFANI: from name of prominent family that gave the rectors to Massa Trabaria, podestà in Florence ambassadors and clerks to the Montefeltros and Della Roveres. On the Palace door, their coat of arms is carved on wood (head of S.Stefano and three stones to remind the stoning of Saint) next to Federico da Montefeltro's one.
SANTA CROCE'S CHURCH: built in the middle of 14th and modified at the end of 18th century houses in the high altar altarpiece “The Miracle of the True Cross” of the durantino painter Giorgio Picchi; in the urn underneath the statue of the Dead Christ, tanned leather masterpiece dating from the end of 13th century, revered and visible only during the Holy week.
MONASTERY OF CAPUCHIN CONVENT, PREDICTED BY S. VERONICA GIULANI at home and built by Bishop Deodato Baiardi, was opened in 1773. Inside the small sanctuary of S. Veronica started in 1755 and served, leaving everything intact, the room where Orsolina Garcia was born on December 27, 1660 and in adjoining room where she stood out in the prayer and sacrifice, the first steps along the road to higher Holiness.
TOWN HALL: three-store building with porch on the front, was started to build in 1880, after having demolished the ancient Palazzo della Ragione, its Tower and several houses, including that of parents of the Prime Minister of Italian Republic, Ferruccio Parri.
MONTE DI PIETA': was founded in 1516 by Francesco di Simone. In that same year, Master Pietro sculpts the portal's sandstone ashlars depicting classic bas-reliefs with Christ. The inner room is also interesting as it still retains the original furnishing under the exquisite coffered celling.
SANTA CHIARA CHURCH: the early church was rebuilt in 1646 by Bishop Honorati and became the first Center of worship of the “venerable sister Veronica Giuliani” because her 3 sisters lived and died here: Maria Angela, Anna Maria Maddalena, Maria Ludovica. The adjoining convent dates back to 1389, when Damianites moved to the village, after residing outside the wall. Inside the church, important works from 17th century are kept.
COLLEGIATE CHURCH: consecrated to S. Pietro the apostle who then added, in the 15th century, the apostle S. Paolo, it preserves primitive Romanesque building (10th century) in the outer parts of the wall and reconstruction of 1363, such the gothic windows on the sides. The Romanesque structure of the building has undergone radical transformation and final between the end of 17th century and 1730. Among other works, it houses a remarkable Panel painting in Byzantine Style, made in 11th-12th century.
PALAZZO GASPARINI: Ottaviano Gasparini built in 1640 for his land and his friends, as indicated by the inscription carved on the stone above the entrance door. The building, of clear Tuscan style, dominates and enriches the piazzaand features an elegant and singural altana.
THE MEDIEVAL PART: you can still observe the medieval core of Mercatello at the bottom of Metauro street as it cherishes the old building, headquarters of the archive of the community mercatellese. The Metauro Port, darting back 1500, is the only survivor of the four (above door, Soccorso, S. Antonio), at is side stood the castle whose only traces remain and the deep cylindrical compartment called Neviera, in which snow was collected to preserve food and medicines for the spring season. Below, the majestic Romanesque Bridge stands with three arcs.
CASTELLO DELLA PIEVE: such castle rises about 4 miles from the village, towards Borgo Pace as the only remaining witness to the fierce physiognomy that this border territory was supposed to have, conferred by numerous cores to his defence since the begging of our millennium. Its structure is typical of the medieval fortified villages with buildings that border on one side along the only road that crosses the ridge, closed by the ancient gateway to the Valley, and on the other towards the steep slopes that protect it in its entire length. A splendid restoration has brought it back to its former glory.
Medieval tradition characterizes the “Door of the Dead”: elevated opening in relation to the citizen area, very narrow and surmounted by a round arch visible inn some houses of the town. According to tradition, it was open only to pass the casket as it was considered inauspicious sign using the doorstep for such journey.