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Camerino, capital of the Da Varano dynasty: fortresses, castles and palaces

 

Towers, ramparts, citadels and majestic fortresses

 

The Da Varano family ruled Camerino from the mid 13th century until 1539. During the rule of Giulio Cesare da Varano (1464-1502), Camerino enjoyed a flourishing period. He showed his grandeur in his military enterprises. There are indeed several fortresses at Camerino and the surrounding area: the Borgesca Fortress (Camerino), the Varano Fortress (Sfercia di Camerino) the Aiello Fortress (Castelraimondo), the Castle of Lanciano (Castelraimondo) and Beldiletto (Pievebovigliana).

The Camerino Ducal Palace is one of the most significant examples of civil architecture built by the Da Varano family, and is now home to the University. In Esanatoglia, the Varano family built a fortified residence in the fourteenth century (now the Palazzo Comunale, or Municipal Buildings). Following an earthquake in 1997, restoration work was carried out which unearthed a unique pictorial cycle of jousters on horseback.

The Da Varano family also founded religious buildings such as the Monastery of Santa Maria Nova in Camerino, which was later dedicated to St. Clare and the Temple of the Annunciation, built between 1493 and 1508 where, according to legend, a visual representation of Our Lady took refuge, fleeing from the house of a blasphemer.


 
 
 

Camerino, capital of the Da Varano dynasty: fortresses, castles and palaces

 

Attractions along the route

Discover the attraction of Camerino - Cathedral of SS. Annunziata

Camerino - Cathedral of SS. Annunziata

The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Camerino - San Severino Marche, dedicated to the Santissima Annunziata (Most Holy Annunciation), is the result of...

Discover the attraction of Camerino- Monastery of Santa Chiara

Camerino- Monastery of Santa Chiara

The Monastery of Santa Chiara is one the oldest religious sites of Camerino: it dates back to the second half of the 14th century. It was built under the...

Discover the attraction of Castle of Lanciano and Museum

Castle of Lanciano and Museum

The Castle is surrounded by a very old suggestive park. Over the centuries it was restored several times. Between 1382 and 1385 Giovanni da Varano had the...

 
Discover the attraction of Fortress Borgesca

Fortress Borgesca

The Fortress Borgesca was built in 1503 upon Cesare Borgia’s orde, to protect the western slopes of the hills where the town stood; it still...

Discover the attraction of Fortress Aiello

Fortress Aiello

The name of the Fortress Ajello, built in 1382, derives from the Latin “agellum”, meaning “small field”: in fact, the fortress...

Discover the attraction of Fortress Varano

Fortress Varano

The Fortress Varano, built in the early twelfth century, was the fortified residence of the Da Varano family. It features much of its original...

 
Discover the attraction of Valfornace (locality Pievebovigliana) - Castle of Beldiletto

Valfornace (locality Pievebovigliana) - Castle of Beldiletto

The Castle of Beldiletto, built between 1371 and 1381, is square shaped and has corner towers. Inside is a courtyard with arcade, with octagonal...

Discover the attraction of Ducal Palace of Camerino

Ducal Palace of Camerino

The Ducal Palace of Camerino is among the notable buildings of civil architecture built by the Da Varano family, and is now home to the University. It...

Discover the attraction of Temple of the Annunciation

Temple of the Annunciation

Another example of religious architecture established by Giulio Cesare Varano is the Temple of the Annunciation, built between 1493 and 1508 on...

 
Discover the attraction of Gagliole - Da Varano Fortress

Gagliole - Da Varano Fortress

The Da Varano Fortress is located on spur, and it is only fortress of the defensive system of the Da Varano family.The fortress was built after 1274 by...

 
 
 

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