Living with nature:

The enviroment

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Centuries old oaks, wisely cultivated farms, stone farmhouses and villages rich in memories, illustrate this corner of the Marche border.


The enviroment

Climbing Monte Montiego, one reaches a natural park rich in wild orchids where wild boar and deer live. Here the panorama sweeps from nearby Monte Nerone to the Furlo gorge, from the bumps of Monte Catria to the next Apennine, from Monte Carpegna to Sasso Simone e Simoncello, to the cliffs of San Marino and the Adriatic coast.

Mountain, hill, plain and river make up Urbania’s landscape in pleasing harmony; from the broad-leafed oak woods to mighty solitary oaks.
The Metauro river runs along the valley past villages and towns, and its source at Alpe della Luna, is the home of medicinal plants and crayfish, varieties of insects and aquatic birds. Fishermen may be seen there, looking for trout and other fish. In the Auro torrent, above Borgo Pace, gorges and waterfalls allow refreshing summer bathing.

Among the hills as far as the Apennines there are numerous paths marked out for walkers, horse-riders or mountain bikers, among which is the historic Strada del Duca connected to the “Rete dei Sentieri” (network of paths) of the Comunità Montana. Accommodation is also available at various agriturismi and in the Ostello San Martino-Bosco dei Folletti.

Lovers of the environment will find much to discover in Urbania and the Upper Metauro Valley.
There is river or lake fishing, as well as an impressive variety of mushrooms which grow wild in the woods. Every year in the courtyard of the ducal palace, coinciding with the San Luca e delle Donne Fair, in October, the first weekend after the Saint’s day, there is a mycological exhibition of the fruits and berries of the woods.