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We are located at the heart of the Tuscan, Umbrian, and Marchegian Appennines, in a wild and unspoiled land composed of oak and beech forests, streams of crystalline waters, and lands carved by peculiar erosion patterns. The high valley of Metauro and the area of the Alpe della Luna are characterized by a wild natural habitat where it is possible to set off on mountainous trails and mule tracks, to take in beautiful vistas of the Appenine slopes, or to cross pastures and forests of fir trees.
The possibilities to delight in these pathways
of nature are many: by foot along the
well-traveled and well-marked trails that are indicated on the I.G.M. map, or by horseback or on mountain-bike, which allows one to rest or spend the night at the various pastoral bed and breakfasts in the area.
The property is located in the valley of the High Metauro, in the Pesaro-Urbino province. This area lies precisely at the border between Marche, Umbria and Tuscany.
The Guinza Tunnel is already under construction, which would connect the valley of teh High Metauro with Arezzo, Siena and Florence. Is located near many of the major cities of fine arts in central Italy:
-URBINO 31 Km
-ASSISI 107 Km
-GUBBIO - PERUGIA 71 Km
-FIRENZE - SIENA 131 Km
-FANO (beaches of the Adriatic coast) 75 Km
-FALCONARA (airport of Ancona) 100 Km.
This two villages have never been subject to modern development and maintain there original form and characteristics and as a consequence many precious architectural details have been preserved. The buildings are constructed using sandstone blocks with trimmed and faced blocks walls fitting at the corners, windows, doors and internal chimney breasts.
The roofs are supported by original wooden beams many covered with their original stone slabs tiles. In the ancient centre in the south of the village it is still easy to see the remains of a medieval castle, outside the centre there are the characteristic outbuildings, barns, typical found around the peasant dwellings. In the north an old tower dovecote can be seen attesting to the attractive variety of the local architecture.
From this vantage point it is possible to enjoy a view over the surrounding valley with colours changing as the seasons pass: the heat of golden summer yellow of wheat and sunflowers, the perfume of the multicoloured spring flowers, the intense red of the autumn leaves, the mystical white of fresh snow picking out the valley contours. A single road winds its way through this landscape for a few kilometres in the bottom of the valley starting from the nearby town Mercatello sul Matauro.
The village has been inhabited by local people from ancient times until the 1960's when the last peasant farmers decided to move to the nearby villages in order to be less isolated and take up other work.
This abandonment together with recent habitation has meant that the buildings in these villages have maintained there original qualities in the structure and materials with which they are constructed even though there use has change throughout the centuries depending on the needs of the people at the time.
POTENTIAL SUBDIVISION OF THE PROPERTY
The oldest part of the complex:
n. 1 hotel
n. 1 restaurant
n. 1 reception and administrative offices.
- New apartments with private gardens, of various sizes.
- All the outbuildings will be turned into individual houses, each with private garden.
The small hamlet complex:
- Building of various apartments
- Building of stand-alone houses with gardens
- Pool facilities
The two settlements will be connected with a walking path
Land: about 150000 sq.m
n. 1 swimming pool
n. 1 bath house
n. 1 playground equipment for children
- Many tennis courts
- Other athletic facilities
- Stable for horses
- A picnic area along the stream
- Walking paths