Verucchio Villa Verucchio: information on history and culture

Itinerario-villa-verucchioArea: 27 Km2
Population: 9.900
Maximum altitude: 300 m a.s.l.
 
>A bit of History
Maybe not everyone knows that Verucchio is one of the oldest towns in Italy. Finds dug out in the area testify to a pre-Etruscan civilization, developed between the 9thh and the 19th century BC, a particularly evolved civilization, connected with that of the Villanova Bolognese. This locality, that has always been considered a natural fortress, was first under Roman rule and then, after a dark age that lasted many centuries, that of the Malatesta, followed by that of the Montefeltro, of the Borgia, the Venetians, the Medici and finally the Pontifical State up to 1860, year in which Verucchio was annexed to the nascent Kingdom of Italy.

>What to visit
The important Museo Civico Archeologico (the archaeological museum) is definitely worth a visit with its wonderful funeral offerings of pre-Etruscan period, objects of inestimable historic value, urns, and the rarest objects in wood and fabric. Not to miss are the Rocca del Sasso, the ancient village, the Collegiate Church in which you find two precious 14th and 15th century crucifixes, the San Martino parish church and, in  Villa Verucchio, the Convent of St. Francis in which there is a tree that, according to the legend, was planted by the Saint himself.

>Feasts and Folklore
Every year the small town holds feasts and historic re-enactments. From the August Parade, of Medieval flavour, to the Festival of Ancient Music which brings artists of national and international fame, and the “Fiera de quatorg” dedicated to local crafts and agricultural production. The beautiful architectural and natural backdrop offered by Verucchio lends itself well to for music festivals dedicated to contemporary music every year that animate the central piazzas and the most picturesque corners of the small village.
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