From the top of the hill, it rises over Caldarola an evocative fairy overview. The castle was built during the second half of 9th century, it was radically changed during the end of 16th century when the Cardinal Evangelista Pallotta wanted it to turn into a majestic and harmonious renaissance building; the Cardinal would use it as his own holiday home. The ancient castle still has its original walls, the Guelph battlement, the patrol ways and the drawbridge, rooms and carriages, saddlery and weapons, works of art on canvas, sculptures, frescoes and old furniture.

The tour around Caldarola can’t finish without admiring the remarkable De Magistris’ frescoes in Vestignano and Croce communities. But the wonders of this town can be seen also in Pievefavera community where there is an roman archeological area that has found out lete-Republican buildings, existing at least until the 1st century A.D. and belonging to the “pars rustica” of more extended villa. You can end your journey in Valcimarra where, among other things, there are impressive ruins of monastery of San Benedetto “saxi ladronis”: you can admire the stone façade and a space with barrel vaults and lancets.

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