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Come to Camerino
and discover Italy in a region

Are you thinking of a summer vacation?
Come to Camerino on the occasion of the
Granfondo Terre dei Varano, you will have the opportunity to live your passion for cycling and build a wonderful vacation.
Whether you are alone, with family or friends you will find all the wonders of Italy in one region, the Marche.
Find out what else awaits you!

To see in Camerino: Rocca Borgesca

The Rocca Borgesca, or Rocca dei Borgia, is an imposing building erected in Ca- of the early Renaissance. The fortress was later restored by Giovanni Maria Varano who, only a year after the aggression of Valentino, had managed to resume the city of Camerino. Other interventions were carried out by Guidobaldo della Rovere, then by Ottavio Farnese and later by the Papal State. Pope Clement VII did not find better custody than the Rocca dei Borgia to hide the precious treasures of the sanctuary of Loreto from the desires of the Saracens. Initially the fortress was divided from the city by a cliff and could only be reached via a drawbridge. The valley was finally filled in the seventeenth century. During the German occupation of World War II, the fortress was used as the headquarters of the Nazi command. On the internal esplanade, part of the structure of the Franciscan convent of San Pietro in Muralto of 1300 still stands.

To see in Camerino: Rocca Varano

Built in the 13th century as a fortified residence of the noble Varano family, it was transformed into a fortress in the 14th century. After the duchy the apostolic chamber, the Bandini and recently the Municipality of Camerino became owners. The cut for the drawbridge, the only one made with the rock, is still visible. You immediately entered a defense tower. The entrance door, in white limestone, with a pointed arch, already surmounted by the coat of arms of the Lords, was oblique to the access of the bridge for clear defensive reasons. The square tower, nowadays fallen, had various floor and vaulted floors which were accessed by a ladder carved into the wall. An underground building with a barrel vault, still majestic, probably once dominated by rooms with towers on the sides, connected this wing with the one on the side of the river divided by a large courtyard: the low tower in the eastern corner (the current crenellation is late) and the recently restored building, which served as a farmhouse, are the few parts of a majestic and imposing fortress that survived man's neglect. The full-arched door communicates with the boundary wall on the slope.

To see in Camerino: Rocca d'Ajello

The Varano family, lords of Camerino for over three hundred years, built a formidable fortified chessboard that used numerous military constructions to defend and control their territory: fortresses, towers and fortified walls. Between 1260 and 1280 Gentile I da Varano had the two towers of the Rocca d’Ajello built, whose name probably derives from the word “Agellus” (small field). They were sighting towers, from which connections were made with other fortresses of the chessboard and the nearby Potenza river, the basin of the Palente and the gorge leading to Torre Beregna, also called "Troncapassi", were controlled. In 1382 Giovanni da Varano known as "Spaccaferro", to counteract the expansionist aims of Matelica and San Severino, built a defensive line that extended for about 12 kilometers, from Torre Beregna, collapsed in recent times, to the mouths of Pioraco. The two towers of Rocca d'Ajello were part of it, Torre del Parco (known as “Torre del Ponte” as it defended the bridge over the Potenza river), the castle of Lanciano (transformed into a splendid villa with a large park by Giovanna Malatesta, wife of Giulio Cesare Varano, at the end of the 15th century) and the Porta di Ferro tower in Pioraco, which no longer exists. The defenses of the line consisted of ditches, embankments and a sort of frisian horses whose realization required a large quantity of trees: hence the name of "Tagliata" or "Intagliata".