MUNICIPALITY OF MONDOLFO
mt. 144 a.s.l.
11.970 (253 in the Borgo)
Santa Giustina, September 26th
Tourist office, Via Garibaldi 1
Ph. 0721 9391
The name Mondolfo probably derives from Montoffus, the founder of the feudal family that had the lordship over the castle until the advent of the Malatesta Family. According to another hypothesis the name may derive from Mons Ophis, the serpent (from the Greek ofis), because the wood on which the village stood was full of reptiles.
The heart of the Borgo is the large central square dominated by the Town Hall, which was built with the civic tower in neo-gothic style in 1931. Next to it, the parish church of Santa Giustina, already attested in 1290, was renovated and elected a Collegiate Church by Pope Urban VIII in 1635. In the elegant cantoria located above the main entrance, there is an organ dated 1776 by Gaetano Callido, the greatest exponent of the Venetian organ school of the Eighteenth Century. Passing by the sixteenth century Palazzo Giraldi Della Rovere, you will reach the Sferisterio, playground of the famous Renaissance play called “gioco del pallone col bracciale”.
Through a large seventeenth Century arc, you’ll get to the Oratory of San Giovanni Decollato, a small church which in 1612 belonged to the Confraternity of the “buona morte” (good death), whose members during the funeral rites wore a black bag. The gilded wood altar has a crucifix considered miraculous, and the interesting canvas of Salome with the head of St John the Baptist. As you walk along the walls, you will reach the belvedere, from where you can take a magnificent view of the Monte Conero. From Palazzo Peruzzi you’ll reach Porta Fanestre and then the first walls, oval in shape and dating back to the VI century in its oldest part, while the existing masonry walls date back to the XV century. From the terraces you can admire the panorama of the surrounding countryside and valleys. The bastion of Sant’Anna, ceased its military function and has become an Italian garden characterized by the geometries of the flowerbeds; at first the nuns of Sant’Anna, who in 1650 lived in seclusion in the no longer existing monastery, took care of it. Now the municipal administration does. From the hamlet Ospedaletto, place of the ancient hospital for the pilgrims outside the walls, you’ll arrive to the second city walls, erected in the thirteenth century and rearranged in the fifteenth century by the well-known military architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini, which is responsible for providing a homogeneous defensive system, adapting the castle and the impressive fortress with the use of firearms. Porta Santa Maria (XIX century) is the connection to the monumental complex of St. Augustine . The church of Santa Maria del Soccorso was built in the late sixteenth and the interior was redone during the Eighteenth Century. The façade of the 1726 has three elegant sandstone portals with decorative motifs in Renaissance style. Inside, the paintings of sacred subjects are the work of the Seventeenth Century masters: Claudio Ridolfi, Giuliano Persciutti and Giovan Francesco. A km away from the Borgo stands the convent of San Sebastian, built in 1760 on the site occupied by a church of 1479. A little farther, the abbey of San Gervasio of Bulgaria, founded in the V-VI century, has a basilican system borrowed from the large churches of Ravenna and the eighteenth-century interior. In the crypt is kept the most large sarcophagus of the Marches of the VI century, with engraved Christian symbols, crosses, crowns of laurel and two peacocks symbol of immortality.
Recipes starring a legume such as beans and the Adriatic Sea the blue fish, the brodetto. The flavors are exalted by the oil and the colli mondolfesi wine. Spaghetti with red tuna sauce and anchovies are the local interpretation of the typical Italian dish.
COUNTRY HOUSE PER BACCO
Casa colonica ristrutturata ed immersa in una grande area verde, gestione familiare. Cucina tipica e rivisitata.