Riviera del Conero, Castelfidardo. Foto © Sauro Strappato
I have home court advantage with Castelfidardo because I live there. It rises upon a hill, already inhabited by the Picenes, the Romans and the Longobards. Around the year 1000 a castle called Castrum Ficardi was built, hence the name of Castelfidardo. Strolling along its narrow streets and alleys you can see the original structure of the castle with its surrounding walls, the access gates and the interior in three “Terzieri” division. Churches and palaces tell the story and the evolution of this town and its people, the bond with the Pontifical State, the subjection to larger and richer municipalities, like Osimo or Ancona, from which its people has been able to get out through their humility, intelligence and hard work.