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Mentioned among the most important fortresses of the region, the Fortitude constitutes the most representative monument and the principal tourist attraction of the country. Probably conceived on to affirm him some power of the Family of the Acquavivas, it was completed around 1300. Giovan Francis Azzolino, subsequently with the destruction operated by the Fermanis in 1447 dealt him of the reconstruction, to which seems to be interested him the great architect Florentine Baccio Pontelli, author of the Fortress of Senigallia, of the fortitudes of Offida, of Jesi and of important Osimo. Example of fortification, introduces a plant to quadrilateral irregular, that contains an ample central court with well, with the vertexes strengthened by big towers. The taller tower, the Mastio, of cylindrical form is tall around 22 ms and introduces a scarp strongly accented. The inside, occupied by two vain turned among them connected by a staircase in masonry, it currently entertains an interesting exposure of ancient weapons. Indeed suggestive it is the landscape show that opens to the look of the visitor from the summit of the Mastio, that allows to perceive for an ample horizon the sea, the surrounding necks and the imposing peaks of the Gran Sasso and of the Maiella. Il tower from which you/they open loopholes for fire mouths, sets in diagonal in comparison to the Mastio, it is of pentagonal plant and introduces to the inside two vain overlapped open on the corte. The other two towers, respectively of pentagonal and square plant, you/they were destined to light weapons what colubrine and arquebuses. In the tall part, practicable through routing, the defensive structure leans on elegant brackets. In the thickness of the wall a corridor is drawn with small pillbox ambushes and a door to the exit of the curtain. The whole complex restored at the end of the eight hundred by the known architect marchigiano Joseph Sacconi, author of the Vittoriale to Rome, and recently restructure it seems to mention to the principles of Leonardo, and to prelude XVI to the ramparts of the century.

 

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The bridge that conducts to the castle. On the foreshortening the entry to the B&B Mari, indeed to 2 footsteps from the center medievale of the country!

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The fortitude medievale of the Dukes Acquaviva 

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The big Mastio from whose summit is possible to admire a sight to 360░ on the sea and on the mountains

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Particular of the coat of arms of the ancient lineage: The Dukes Acquaviva

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The castle seen from the entrance of the B&B Marý

 

Scicolone Maria Rosa
63030 Acquaviva Picena (AP)
via Panelli, 3
Tel:  +39  0735 764500 

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Aggiornato il: 08-05-10

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