Once referred to as "little Urbino"... a true accolade
Living on a quiet, cobbled street in a medieval hamlet in Italy is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the best Italy has to offer.
This lovely borgo has a wonderful history dating back to the 13th century when an ‘enormous’ miracle was alleged to have taken place in the village.
Built on a rock surrounded by two gorges in the 12th century the borgo is famous for its church tower and small picturesque narrow lanes. At 250m above sea level the views are spectacular.
During the 15th and 17th centuries Patrignone was an important cultural centre. The painters Martino and Giacomo Bonfini, Francesco and Giacomo Agnello as well as the sculptor Desiderio Bonfini were famous artists based in the village. In 1486 Antonio Bonfini was appointed as historian to the Hungarian court of King Mattia Corvino.
The history and culture of the borgo can be felt as you walk through the cobbled streets and view the lovely array of brick homes, churches, Palazzo and small castle in the lower piazza, adjacent to Il Riposo. With only 150 year round residents and 400 in total, this is definitely a retreat to savour.
The small bar/café/restaurant ‘Antico Taverna Il Mattino dei Maghi’ is a short walk away and a lovely venue, with fresh homemade dishes. A supermarket is also an easy walk through the village and has a full range of lovely fresh produce to create amazing home made dishes.
Il Riposo is situated in a prominent position at the beginning of Via Bonfini Desiderio with open views across the rolling hills towards the Adriatic sea. Only 20 minutes from the coast at Grottammare and 30 minutes to the Sibillini mountains, you will be ideally positioned in this beautiful part of Le Marche.
Patrignone is a frazione of Montalto delle Marche, a beautiful medieval town 3 minutes drive up the hill. Montalto is famous for being the home of Pope Sisto V, elected Pope in 1585 he made Montalto a Papal State during his reign.
The village has a cathedral in the historic centre dating back to 1587 built by the first Bishop of Montalto.
In 1880 Bishop Aronne had the famous artist ‘Luigi Fontana’ paint the interior of the Cathedral with beautiful fresco’s, taking over 5 years this has made the Cathedral one of the most admired in Le Marche.
Montalto has a number of bars, shops, a pharmacy, restaurants and a bank; all within easy reach.