My Home is my Castle

30 ottobre 2014 | Commenta Discovery Marche

The Malatestiano Castle at Monte Cerignone has one particularity that sets it apart from many of the other buildings from the same period.
In fact it is very rare to see a fortification such as this mentioned in texts not only as a castle but also as a home. It was Vespasiano da Bisticci that gave the Castle of Monte Cerignone this double definition, proving that this location was of particular importance to Duke Federico of Urbino.
Built during the reign of the Malatesta family at the beginning of the 1400s, the castle the underwent some changes when power was handed over to the Montefeltro’s who most likely gave the task of restructuring the building to the Italian painter Francesco di Giorgio Martini.
It is however difficult to understand which were the original elements and which were added at a later date in view of the fact that the transformations that occurred over the centuries, especially those between the 1700s and 1900s, left the appearance of the 15th century fortress practically unchanged.
Visitors to the Malatestian castle are hit by how imposing it is: a compact main body on top of the ancient castle, fenced in by walls with two access ramps.
The castle covers three floors and in each we can only imagine how many stories they have seen!
In the cellars, we can find a large living room with a vaulted ceiling and worn earthenware floor tiles giving the room a warm and inviting feel. This was most likely the venue for banquets and gatherings.
From the cellars, we arrive at the atrium on the ground floor using the internal stone staircase or via the external steps. The atrium is divided into two parts: an open and light courtyard as well as a large kitchen.
Here, we can access a truly magnificent area: the hanging gardens upon which the bust of Uguccione della Faggiola (Italian leader and chief magistrate) looks.
The upper, or noble, floor has renaissance windows with lateral stone seats that look onto the Monte Carpegna, Piazza Begni and the valley of the River Conca.


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