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Acqualagna

Acqualagna is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino in the Italian region Marche, located about 70km west of Ancona and about 40km southwest of Pesaro. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 4,304 and an area of 50.8km2. It is one of the main centers in Italy for truffle. The Candigliano is joined by the Burano in the vicinity of the town.Acqualagna borders the following municipalities: Cagli, Fermignano, Urbania, Urbino.HistoryThe current name derives from the Latin name Aqua Lanea, meaning "Water Slaughter", and which remembered the battle of Gualdo Tadino fought nearby between Totila's Ostrogoth and Narses's Byzantine armies during the Gothic Wars.In the neighbourhood existed the Roman town of Pitinum Mergens, destroyed by Alarich I. The survivors founded the castle of Montefalcone, from which the current Acqualagna evolved.Main sightsParish church, with traces of 15th-16th century frescoes.Pelingo SanctuarySan Vincenzo al Furlo, what remains of a 7th-century abbey in which resided St. Romuald (1011) and Pier Damiani (1042). The current church, in Romanesque style, was founded by abbot Bonaventura in 1271. The crypt has ancient columns and a 9th-10th century altar.Villa di Colombara, where a Roman farm has been excavated.Furlo Gorge: one of the most spectacular gorges in Italy, with a 2000-year-old Roman tunnelPietralata Sanctuary: nestled in the hills adjoining to the gorge lays this wonderful restored small monastery
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