Castilian escape routes to escape ambush .
Mondaino was one of the most important castles in Valconca.
In 1289 had long been in the hands of the Lords of Rimini, the Malatestas, who had made a cornerstone at the borders with the lands of the Lords of Montefeltro. Following repeated fights between the two families, exactly in 1462, it was conquered by Federico of Montefeltro, a bitter enemy of Malatesta who then gifted it to the State of the Church.
Surrounding walls that originally were so powerful that they counted thirteen towers, the front door, the Marina Gate, with many louvers for lifting the drawbridge, the fortress placed on a large base ‘shoe’-stand, making the idea clear of how the fortification was impressive and important. Today, thanks also to the enrichments and embellishments that follow, including the beautiful semicircular square ‘Piazza’, which also form a very picturesque nucleus and of great attraction.
At the same time it is what you do not see that contributes to the increasing fascination, because from the Fortress Rocca there are two long and steep
underground tunnels. Rediscovered not long ago, they had been partially filled of dirt and led to the river. Of course they were the escape routes and
were definitely secret passages to also send messengers.
Alongside the military purposes, they also served for the water supply. Just as in the literature concerning the fortifications, they frequently
track secret passages, this actually exists, the result of a discovery that aroused much wonder.
Ghosts of Lovers Without Identity
A strange and inexplicable phenomenon happened in Mondaino in 1987. Something paranormal disturbed the municipal elections. The ghosts
of two assassinated lovers manifested themselves in front of the guarding police at the polling stations. Numerous occult scholars invited them to leave
the castle and so it was. The identity of the two unlucky characters was never known. Waiting on their return, the story of their visit is passed down.