Its origins go back to the destruction of the towns of Urbs Salvia and Faleria, whose citizens escaped and founded new castles on the highest wood-covered hills. The name “Gualdo” probably comes from the Lombard word “wald”, which means “wood”. It is situated in a panoramic position on the Sibillini Mountains (651 m above sea level), and it still preserves its Medieval structure and the town walls. It was a fortified castle along the border separating the Duchy of Da Varano and that of Fermo. Gualdo was the birthplace of Romolo Murri (1870), a priest who is considered one of the founders of the Italian party Christian Democracy. Murri was excommunicated for criticizing the ecclesiastic authorities while he was a member of the Italian Parliament from 1909 to 1913. He died in 1944 and was buried in Gualdo's cemetery. His library and file archive are in Gualdo.
The visitOn the main square the remains of a 14th century tower that collapsed in 1972 are still visible. The Civic Tower, also on the square, was part of an ancient fortification along with other towers. The parish church, dedicated to Saint Sabinus, was renovated during the 18th century and the Greek cross plan interior displays some remarkable works of art such as a fine stone bas-relief of the 17th century representing a Madonna who offers Jesus to a kneeling saint. The Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie probably dates back to the 12th century: It houses an interesting 15th century fresco representing the Madonna delle Grazie. The church façade shows a nice sandstone portico on two levels. Next to the church, there is the Franciscan convent of the 16th century, which was abandoned by the Franciscan monks at the beginning of the last century. The cloister, with 12 wide arches and the well at its centre, is very interesting.
Do not missThe posiition, its good climate, the hospitality of its citizens and its tourist attractions make Gualdo an excellent summer destination. The village is a good starting point of walks, horse riding and mountain bike tours.
Comune di Gualdo
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