Urbisaglia is situated at 310 m above sea level in a dominant position overlooking the Fiastra valley. Its origins go back to the Middle Ages, when it was founded on the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Urbs Salvia. The town has about 2800 inhabitants; its economy is based on the clothing industry, agriculture and artisan activity. The town owes its renown to the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Urbs Salvia. Urbisaglia has been awarded the “Bandiera Arancione” recognition of quality by the Touring Club thanks to its services and the quality of its accommodations. It has also received the national prize “La Città del Verde” for the improvement of the public parks and gardens on its territory.
The visitThis small town still preserves some sections of the old medieval walls and two ogival gates. Its outline is dominated by the imposing fortress built between the 12th and the 14th centuries: it has a quadrilateral structure, four fortified corner towers and a crenelated keep. Next to the fortress, the collegiate church of San Lorenzo was built at the end of the 18th century. It houses a triptych by Stefano Folchetti dated 1507. Along the main street of the historical centre, you can find the church of the Addolorata with its white stone portal and, inside, a few frescoes dating back to the beginning of the 16th century. In the hamlet Maestà, the church La Maestà was built on the remains of a Roman wall at the beginning of the 15th century. Inside there are a single nave, a wood truss ceiling and many interesting votive frescoes of the 15th and the 16th centuries. THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF URBS SALVIA
Urbs Salvia was an important town of the Piceno region. It was firstly a colony and then a municipium that lived its golden age during the 1st century A.D. and was destroyed by the Visigoths in 410. Its name probably derives from the worship of the goddess Salus Augusta, or maybe from the name of one of its most important families, called Gens Salvia. You can visit the Cistern that supplied water to the urban settlement, and the Theatre, one of the largest in the Marche region, which rests on the side of the sloping hill where modern Urbisaglia was later developed. At the foot of the hill, the sanctuary-complex consisted of a temple probably dedicated to the Salus Augusta and of underground galleries with frescoes representing scenes connected with Augustus’s political propaganda. The Amphitheatre (78-80 A.D), which was used for gladiatorial games, was built just outside the Roman city walls for safety reasons and because it required a lot of space. The Archaeological site of Urbs Salvia is one of the most important and interesting in the Marche region because of its historical and artistic treasures as well as its good state of preservation. The Archaelogical Museum houses various Roman findings unearthed in Urbs Salvia such as statues, sculptures, inscriptions, amphoras and coins. Among the most important findings, there are an omphalos, i.e. a religious stone artifact, and a finely decorated Neo-Attic krater. The War Memorial houses the Museum of Weapons and Military Uniforms, a collection of war mementos and uniforms dating back from the era of the Papal States to the First World War.
Do not missMany Roman relics were later used to build the nearby Abbey of Chiaravalle di Fiastra, which was founded in 1142 by a group of Cistercian monks. The Abbey is a remarkable example of Cistercian architecture. The church and the cloister are still preserved in their original form, and many of the rooms of the monastery such as the refectory, the Chapter house, the olive-oil storeroom, the grottoes and the cellars are open to visitors. The southern side of the cloister houses the Bandini mansion built during the early 19th century. All the territory is part of the Abbadia di Fiastra Nature Reserve, a protected area of the Marche region. Here you can find pedestrian, cycle and horse paths, guided tours for both adults and students, picnic areas, bars, restaurants and accommodation.
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