Stands close to the Marche-Umbria border, and between the Provinces of Pesaro and Perugia. We find it along the main road which heads up from Acqualagna to Piobbico and on to the Bocca Serriola Pass (730 metres) before dropping down to Città di Castello.
Apecchio was built at the confluence of the Biscubio and Menatoio rivers and administers a large district covering 103 km2 which stretches as far as the summit of Monte Nerone (1526 metres). Its ancient origins are documented by various archaeological finds and many antique ruins. The Counts Ubaldini, who ruled here from the 15th Century until 1752, have left many important monuments and fine works of art. The distinctive 15th Century humpback bridge, which spans the river in a single arch, takes us into the borgo through which we climb until we reach the 15th Century arch under the bell tower which marks the entrance to the castle, with its typically 14th Century layout. The old Palazzo Ubaldini (now the Town Hall) is a good example of Renaissance architecture, particularly for its fine porticoed courtyard dating from 1515, together with its underground snow store below. These cellars now house an interesting museum of fossils and minerals, “Il Museo dei Fossili e Minerali del Monte Nerone”. The parish church of San Martino stands on the site of the original parish church, which was itself built on the ruins of an ancient pagan temple. Inside, two fine Romanesque lions can still be seen. Another church, the Church of the Madonna della Vita (16th Century) conserves a fine 14th Century wooden crucifix. Among the various villages in this area is Serravalle di Carda (750 m). This tiny borgo, built on the slopes of Monte Nerone, was once independently governed. Today it provides an ideal centre for excursions by foot or on horseback around the entire Monte Nerone area.
A short distance away from Apecchio, at Colombara, we find “Il Mappamondo della Pace”, the World Globe of Peace, built in wood and so large that it can fit 600 people on the three floors built inside it – its size has qualified it to appear in the Guinness Book of Records.

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