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The ancient walled village of Novilara, surrounded by solid walls of defense, is about 4 km from Pesaro, in a dominant position on top of one of the hills that separate the valley of the Foglia from that of the Metauro.

It was built in place of an older castle, built to the east probably around 1000, perhaps because it was too old and small, perhaps because crumbling and falling to the continuous wars, the castle of Novilara was abandoned in early 1300 and rebuilt to the west, on the hill where it is now.

Considered strategically important, the "new castle" of Novilara was built and fortified with the latest means of the time. Considering lookout their borders, both Malatesta that Sforza strove in every way to make it safe and impregnable; They repaired and consolidated the walls that the constant wars and the time had weakened.

The name is related to Novilara Piceno necropolis excavated at the end of the last century in the farms and Molaroni servici by Edoardo Brizio, archaeologist at the University of Bologna, and then, in 1912, by the then Superintendent Innocent Dall'Osso.
It is a vast burial ground, whose extension and whose contours are not yet well defined and that to date has returned about 300 graves. The rich grave goods that accompanied the deceased (pottery, weapons, ornaments, metal and amber, etc.) Are dated between the late ninth and the middle of the fourth century. C.
Particularly important it is the stone stele, carved is patterned with that battle scenes, one of which also bears an inscription in Etruscan alphabet, originally erected over the graves, of which nothing remains: there are only at the Musei Oliveriani Pesaro and at other museums in the Italian grave goods and the stele. Aimed at the study and appreciation of the area's history of Novilara, the Archaeological Documentation Centre is located within the village.

The track from Novilara (town Santa Croce) down the Strada dei Condotti runs for about a kilometer in a landscape that alternates with the woods and the fields combining the area of the necropolis picena to 'Roman aqueduct, which played a role extremely important for Pesaro and Pesaro: to that aqueduct that cotruito in Roman times, has served the city until the seventies and whose water is now used for non-potable purposes of the baths of Pesaro. At this aqueduct, which originates by capturing the water in the North slopes of the hills of Novilara and running all underground, they belong wells that dot the valley of Condotti to the Wall.

Tagliatelle with Castello 17 to 19 July 2015 - for info tagliatellecastello.wix.com

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