Hermitage of st. Benedict and XXX Fiera del Colombaccio in Offagna.
The Conero Park protects the entire slope to the sea of the anticlinal as Integral Reserve for the high importance that nature plays in this area allowing the visit only if accompanied by Qualified Guides. The zone is crossed by ancient paths that were once used by the monks who lived in the Hermitage of saint Benedict, the karst cave in exceptional panoramic position overlooking the sea, which opens in the side of the mountain. In the limited shelf adjacent cultivated “tiny gardens” and kept a supply of water in the cistern dug into the rock to devote himself to prayer and meditation immersed in a wild and lonely spot and helped by the immensity of the sea “conceivable” from the white Stone of the Abbot.
Offagna is the nice medieval village in the hills of Ancona where stands at over 300 meters above sea level the beautifulFortress built between 1454 and 1456 as a defense from Osimo when the country was a “Castle” of Ancona, now the scene of the famous Medieval Festival and seat of the Museum, which has contributed to the country’s recognition of the dual certification of Orange Flag and Most Beautiful Village of Italy. In September there is the Pigeon Fair which roots are in ancient Cattle Fair of mid ‘900 that took place on the “Mount of Fair” and today is a major showcase of local typical products together with exhibition and sale of animals and their performances including drug dogs and cinephiles centers.
Pieve di Silvano and XXXI Gran Premio del Biciclo Ottocentesco in Fermignano.
Fermignano is crossed by the river Metauro where the Medieval bridge has “reinforced” the Roman one along with the Militia Tower and in the nearby plain of saint Sylvester was fought in 207 bc the decisive battle of the Metauro where the Romans Salinator Marcus Livius and Claudius Nero defeated the Carthaginian Hasdrubal, buried in Montelce. In 1444 in the hamlet Ca Melle was born the important Renaissance architect Donato Bramante trained first in Urbino to arrive at the Sforza court and then to the pope. Just outside the village you reach the complex of the Parish of Silvano dating from the twelfth century and with saint John of Fermignano and san Silvestro in Iscleto were the Pievanie of the territory.
The Penny-Farthing was the velocipede in use in ‘800 before the spread of the bicycle with the characteristic of having the “pull” of the pedals directly on the great and high front wheel, run not easy, especially in departure and arrival. In september, you can still see it in action in the very singular Grand Prix in Fermignano where athletes in curious period clothing, especially with black shoes, will compete in the competition between the 7 districts on a street circuit runs from twice for a total of 2.7 Km or three times for 4 km depending on the category. The particular epoch atmosphere is also created by the historical procession with a parade of the extras in costumes and accessories typical of that period.
Sasso Forato and Bocca de Pecu and LXXVIII Festa dell’Uva in Cerreto d’Esi
The Monte san Vicino has a particular and isolated “cone” form which makes it visible from every part of the Marches rising from the adjacent plateau of Canfaito while the slopes are dotted with engravings carved by water coming down to rivers flowing downstream. One of these gave rise in its upper part to the curious phenomenon of Sasso Forato, a kind of “natural tunnel” in the rock that you have to cross to travel down the valley which leads down to the source of Acqua dell’Olmo where is the monumental White Willow. Continuing the descent to Valle di Jana you pass by Bocca de Pecu, an interesting gorge that despite being fairly engraved you can walk rising its jumps to the upper part inside the rocks.
Cerreto d’Esi was founded in the period of the Longobard invasions by the inhabitants fleeing Tuficum whose structure was strengthened by assuming the form of a Castle, and in time became the headquarters of Belisario keeping it up to date with the Torre Civica, which takes its first name. Old maps of the sixteenth century attest to the power to “enact” Laws that the town had during the Middle Ages. The local economy is based on the production of the famous white wine Verdicchio which in September is dedicated to the historic Festa dell’Uva, which is celebrated with various cellars where tasting it over to “Wine Shop to Know”, markets and a picturesque parade of tractors in the area of vineyards in honor of st. Eurosia.