Fossombrone is an ancient Roman town located in the middle Metauro valley, along the path of ancient Flaminia.
 
SEARCH IN AN AREA

Fossombrone

Alaric has not won
Know more

Village of Fossombrone
Municipality of Fossombrone

Province of Pesaro and Urbino
Marche Region

Population: 9.528 (8.268 in the village)
Altitude centre: 118 m s.l.m.

Protected Natural Areas:
Furlo Gorge Natural Reserve

Municipality of Fossombrone
Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 8 - Fossombrone (PU)
Tel. +39 0721 7231

Fossombrone (Fossombron in dialect gallo-piceno) is the largest among the hamlets of media val Metauro, characterized by a medieval town center, lying on the slope of a hill and dominated by a citadel and by the ruins of the rocca malatestiana. The name Fossombrone undoubtedly derives from the Forum Sempronii name of the ancient Roman center linked in turn to the figure of the tribune Gaius Sempronio Gracco happened in these areas in the 133 B.C. to the application of the agricultural law.

The village of Forum Sempronii, 164 miles from Rome, was located to the east of the current Fossombrone, in the locality of San Martino del Piano, was soon to be elevated to the rank of Town Hall (I century a.C.) and experienced a period of splendour in the imperial era. The ancient city was devastated by the Goths guided by Alaric, in transit toward Rome in 409 A.D. after many ruins the inhabitants built the new center on the hill that dominates the current city. In the Lombard period its territory was the theater of a hard battle between king Liutprando and the rebel duke of Spoleto Trasmondo that won, was deposited and closed in a convent.

Fossombrone as it is clear from the written documents, remained outside the domain of the Church until 999, after which came under the power of Pope Sylvester II. In the first years of the XIV century the Church State invested the Malatesta family to the lords of the city, and in their hard government proceeded to the construction of the imposing fortifications. In 1444 Galeazzo Malatesta, lord of Pesaro, sold the town to Count Federico da Montefeltro, under whose dominion, Fossombrone enjoyed a period of prosperity for the flourishing of productions of wool, paper, silk and the building renewal.

Federico was succeeded by his son Guidobaldo who lived there almost constantly because of the pleasantness of the place and the healthy climate and was succeeded by Francesco Maria Della Rovere nephew of Guidobaldo. Under the Duchi Della Rovere the city was greatly expanded, Francesco Maria II in 1616 did expand the town in the plain below the hill up to touch the Metauro river. In 1631 having settled the family Della Rovere, the entire duchy of Urbino, and therefore also Fossombrone, passed under the direct control of the state of the Church, of which State became part until 1860 year of annexation to the Kingdom of Italy of which it followed by then the historical events.

Give a certain prominence at Fossombrone some streets and neighborhoods of historic center born around the XV and XVI century, during the period in which the town was elected country residence of the family Della Rovere. Great importance is Corso Garibaldi for its palaces four-sixteenth century as palazzo Staurenghi Cattabeni, municipal, episcopal and even though they have lost much of their ancient splendour except for the High Court. Between the ecclesiastical buildings are worthy of note are the churches of San Filippo, St Francis, St Augustine, Sant'Aldebrando on citadel and the Cathedral. Worthy of note is the monument 'twinning', cast in bronze by the artist Andrea Corradi.

Certainly deserve a visit the Archaeological Museum 'Augusto Vernarecci', the house museum and the Quadreria Cesarini, the Ponte della Concordia, the symbol of the village, and Archaeological Park Forum Sempronii.

Video by Giromarcando

Other destinations nearby

Acqualagna
Acqualagna
Acqualagna, near the magnificent Gola del Furlo, is nationally called the Capital of the Truffle. The village is a popular destination both for those who love gastronomic itineraries
Pesaro e Urbino - 12.78 KM from Fossombrone
Mondavio
Mondavio
Mondavio boasts one of the best preserved historic centers in the Marche. Even today it is closed in a wall that extends for 780 m. Rocca Roveresca is the main monument of the village
Pesaro e Urbino - 12.92 KM from Fossombrone
Pergola
Pergola
In the heart of the Cesano Valley stands the village of Pergola. The famous Gilded Bronzes from Cartoceto di Pergola remain as evidence of the ancient glorious past. The country is also known as the city of a hundred churches,
Pesaro e Urbino - 14.19 KM from Fossombrone
Corinaldo
Corinaldo
The village of Corinaldo in the hinterland of the Conero, is known above all for its Verdicchio and a major tourist attraction is the famous Pozzo della Polenta, located in the center of via La Piaggia.
Ancona - 19.67 KM from Fossombrone
Frontone
Frontone
The medieval village of Frontone, located at the foot of Monte Catria is called "The little Switzerland of the Marches". Arriving in Frontone one cannot fail to notice the imposing silhouette of its ancient Castle,
Pesaro e Urbino - 20.28 KM from Fossombrone
Montegridolfo
Montegridolfo
Montegridolfo is placed on the border between Emilia Romagna and Marche. The village of Montegridolfo represents the place of interest par excellence. Well proportioned and inserted in the rolling hills of Rimini, it represents an excellent integration of
Rimini - 21.23 KM from Fossombrone

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

Most read articles of the month

Recipe: Stuffed Eggplants
Recipe: Stuffed Eggplants
A typical, simple and tasty dish of Calabrian cuisine that cannot be missed during Sunday lunch or during the holidays
By Redazione
Recipe: Potato pitta
Recipe: Potato pitta
The pizzaiola potato pitta is a typical Salento dish suitable for a dinner or an appetizer, to be enjoyed both hot and cold
By Redazione
The Easter panettone: La Pasimata della Garfagnana
The Easter panettone: La Pasimata della Garfagnana
An Easter cake typical of the city of Lucca and its surroundings. The pasimata della Garfagnana is characterized by the presence of raisins
By Redazione
Lombardy to taste: some of the typical traditional dishes in the most beautiful villages
Lombardy to taste: some of the typical traditional dishes in the most beautiful villages
The historic villages of Lombardy perfectly preserve the food and wine traditions of the area, thanks to the expert hands of the housewives who have been able to pass on the secrets of the oldest cuisine in this region.
By Redazione
Recipe: Umbrian cheese cake
Recipe: Umbrian cheese cake
A soft Umbrian rustic to be prepared during Holy Week and to be enjoyed on Easter day, formerly brought to church to be blessed
By Redazione
e-borghi travel - la rivista per chi ama viaggiare tra borghi e turismo slow

Read e-borghi travel for free, your new travel magazine

With the patronage of