It is located in an enchanting position at 439 m above sea level, in the middle of the valley of the Fornace stream. It has ancient Roman origins when it was a necessary stopover along the street that led to Umbria. During the Middle Ages, the town was ruled by Benedictine monks, and then was held under the heel of the Da Varano family, which destroyed the castle as a punishment to its inhabitants. Nowadays, much of Pievebovigliana’s economy relies on manufacturing and traditional agriculture. An artisan laboratory still produces handmade textiles, with ancient-design-like wefts and ornaments, following traditional techniques. Pievebovigliana is highly frequented in summertime, thanks to the beautiful natural reserve surrounding the Polverina Lake, an artificial pond created by a dyke in the Chienti River. This ecological preserve has a great naturalistic relevance, both for the predominant-white-willow woods surrounding the lake, and for the great variety of birds, such as night herons, egrets and cormorants. This oasis, belonging to the Monti Sibillini National Park, was awarded the Orange Flag seal of quality by the Touring Club of Italy.
The visitIn the higher part of the town, where once was the old castle, now lies the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, originally Romanesque, but internally redesigned in the 18th century according to the neoclassical style. Noteworthy is its crypt: retrieved only in the 1930s, it is divided into five naves by small columns, probably once belonging to a funeral monument. The two-storey Town Hall hosts the Pievebovigliana Museum, which retraces the entire social and artistic history, with its different expressions, of the municipal territory, from prehistoric times up to now. The archaeological section displays several important local relics, among which vases, commemorative stones, old coins, jewels and a famous 4th century-BC inscription from Fiordimonte. The Civic Museum also hosts valuable works of art, such as paintings by Cola di Pietro, Venanzio da Camerino and the De Magistris brothers. The Historical Museum of the Territory retraces the social and economic history of the territory, with particular attention to the domestic weaving and the traditional production of clay-bricks. A specific section is dedicated to the history of the Varnelli distillery. The Council Hall, designed by honorary citizen of Pievebovigliana Gino Marotta, exhibits numerous works of art donated by the artist, now deceased, who is considered one of the greatest representatives of Italian contemporary art. The showroom dedicated to local composer Filippo Marchetti displays the fortepiano that once belonged to the musician, and some original documents, such as musical scores, autographed letters, librettos, portraits and photographs. The Beldiletto Castle, now under restoration, was erected in 1371 by the Da Varano Family from Camerino, and then converted to a Renaissance-style private house.
Do not missIn the hamlet of San Maroto, located on a rocky upland overlooking the Valley of Chienti and the Polverina Lake, you can admire the Church of San Giusto. A masterpiece of 12th century Romanesque architecture, the Church has a circular map, with four radiant chapels and an outstanding dome. Externally, it is decorated with pilaster strips and encircled by small pensili arches made of spongy stone. At the entrance, underneath the tower, there are 14th century frescos.
Municipio di Pievebovigliana
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Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 90