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Postcards of Italy - Corinaldo

Corinaldo is a village located inland from Senigallia and stands on the top of a hill on the left bank of the Nevola River. It is listed among Italy's Most Beautiful Villages and Orange Flag Countries, and is a European Tourist Destination of Excellence. The town is also a FIAB Bicycle Friendly Municipality, Itinerant Tourism Friendly Municipality and has been awarded the Yellow Flag of A.C.T. Italy.
Its origins date back to the fifth century A.D., when a group of fugitives from the Roman city of Suasa (today's Castelleone di Suasa) settled in the present municipal area in an attempt to escape the raids of the Goths.
Corinaldo was rebuilt literally ex novo in 1367, following the authorization granted by Pope Urban V, with the present city walls, in which fortification elements attributable to the stylistic influence of the celebrated Sienese military architect Francesco Di Giorgio Martini appear. The city walls are recognized as the most imposing and significant (912 meters) in the Marche region. Equipped with gates, polygonal ramparts, towers of various shapes and bastions, one of which, crenellated and very sharply shaped. The fortification withstood a very harsh siege by Duke Francesco Maria della Rovere.
The center of the village, with its typical medieval character, is a succession of narrow streets and brick dwellings; the most characteristic sight is the Piaggia, also known as the Cento Scale, which climbs straight up to the Piazza del Terreno on the top of the hill.
Among the most noteworthy buildings of religious architecture are: the Baroque Church of Addolorata; the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Goretti, which preserves a relic (the ulna) of Maria Goretti, who was born in Corinaldo; the saint's Birthplace; the Church of the Suffrage; and the 17th-century Church of San Francesco, which houses some canvases by Mannerist painter Claudio Ridolfi, who worked for a long time in the area.
Not far from the village stands the Church of Madonna del Piano, in the village of the same name, which represents the oldest evidence of religious architecture in Corinaldo.
Buildings of civil architecture include the Town Hall, rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century in place of the previous Renaissance building, the work of architect F. M. Ciaraffoni of Fano, and the 19th-century Carlo Goldoni Theater, with elegant decorations and a striking painted ceiling. A perfectly restored 19th-century treasure chest with its woods, stucco and velvets.
Corinaldo is part of the Archaeological Park of Suasa (3rd century B.C.) located in Pian Volpello.
Of particular interest is the Civic Art Collection \\\"Claudio Ridolfi,\\\" of Venetian origin, who spent most of his life in Corinaldo until his death; also worth visiting is the Hall of Costume and Folk Traditions, which preserves splendid clothes made each year by the tailors of the \\\"Pozzo della Polenta\\\" Association, on the occasion of the historical re-enactment of the \\\"Contesa del Pozzo della Polenta,\\\" held on the third weekend of July. The \\\"Contesa\\\" is the oldest historical reenactment in the Province of Ancona, commemorating the victory achieved by the people of Corinaldo in 1517 against the army of the ousted Duke of Urbino Francesco Maria I della Rovere, who had unsuccessfully besieged the fortification of Corinaldo for twenty days. In the first week of August the well-known Corinaldo Jazz festival is organized.
The presence for many years of the municipal slaughterhouse has helped to maintain traditional figures such as \\\"i mazzarini\\\" who still produce the highest quality sausages in country homes. Typical products to enjoy in Corinaldo include Frattula sausages, Pecorelle (a typical dessert), extra virgin olive oil, porchetta, vincisgrassi and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi wine.