Storia1Naro’s castle has a pride and courageous history: Naro is the “Siccardi’s castle”, a powerful castle, raised up as defence’s a sign against Cagli’s greediness and after against Montefeltro counts of Urbino. But who were the Siccardi? They were powerful feudatories, an ancient and strong guelfic family, already quoted in XI century’s chronicle: drilled up to the army, their members took care of many fortifications between Cagli and Urbino and they dominated large and wide land. The castle setting in a rugged hill which overlook Candigliano’s valley, on 417 mt over the sea, and it take place solitary on the rocks, in a strategic position able to control an important communication route, the ancient passage for Massa Trabaria. During the first years of XIII century the desire for expansion of the free village of Cagli touched also Naro’s castle: it could be an important control blockhouse of the region, thanks to his strategic position (in addition it could ensure income tax to the village). In the summer of 1217 and 1219, Filippo , Angelo and Rainaldo Siccardi were forced to submit Naro and other castle their property, to Cagli. Rainaldo asked to municipality the Podestà’s assignment (for a year), money, wheat, wine, wood and a worthy dwelling in the centre of the city, in charge of his and his castles loyalty. But this convenient agreement between Siccardi and Cagli lasted no longer. A few years later Filippa Siccardi, Naro’s castle’s feudatory, reopened hostility against Cagli. Filippa withstood only few years against the Cagli’s crushing strength. Already in 1227 Cagli could reintegrate in his district the castles of Bosso, Valveduta, Castiglione, Frontone, and … Naro.

But Filippa endured until the last siege and gave back to Cagli the castles very battered. The resistance were so stronStoria-2g that Cagli , fearing other reprisals, forced Filippa not to repaid his own damaged castles. In XIV century Naro it was no longer in the hand of Siccardi, but it was property of Mastini’s family, a clan of warriors, which had its origin in 1162 when the emperor Federico di Svevia conquered Cagli. In 1388 the lord of the castle is Nolfo Mastini, ghibelline from Cagli, captain of Count Antonio di Montefeltro’s militia and Calapretissa’s husband, sister of Count Antonio. There aren’t any other news about Naro’s castle and its affair until the second half of XVI century, when the castle belonged to Berardi’s family, a noble caste from Cagli, which boast a cardinal Berardo Berardi appointed by the Pope Nicolò IV, and it remained to Berardi’s family until first years of ‘800.


archeo_1_orizHistorical records give us back a past which is the mirror of important characters, warriors, but they don’t give us actually the real complexity of that period, the everyday life of the peasants, of the craftsman, of common people, who made history as well. This is the task of the archeology: rebuild the past in its complexity and in its historical development. Archeology with its method allow us reading the past in the big book of earth and like a “time machine” brings us back to live in the Middle age, as in this case. Soon after the new restoration of the castle, began on 2008, thanks to the new owner’s farsightedness, in the same years started also the archaeological excavation. It was made between 2008 and 2010 by the medieval archeology of Carlo Bo University from Urbino, in agreement with Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Marche region. This involved not the fortress, which endured during the years very invasive restoration that changed partly the original structure, but the nearby land, the castle’s courtyard, which was still intact and that could allowed to obtain new information about the structure’s design and about each step of settlement.

stradaThe archaeological investigation identified 28 rooms (houses, shops, warehouses, barns, stable, furnace, hayloft, cistern) which are distributed concentrically, divided into two blocks with two parallel road around the central core of the castle, that is the manor. All these rooms, stored for few rows of height, have different shape and different extension, but generally rectangular, consist mainly in only one room on the ground floor with floor level in clay and probably another one on the first floor provided with wooden structure driven into the underlying rock, as the holes inside the rooms let us think. The presence of these wooden structure can be reflected in the layer of ash detected in all excavation’s areas, probably the result of burning after a fire of the wooden floors located between the ground floor and first floor. These environments were all equipped with access door, provided with threshold stone, which faces directly and raised above the road. The external light entered through small splayed windows placed on the frontages, and overlooked along the road where the rooms took place. All these environments are row set, made on masonry made on small and large stone blocks bound together by lime. The rooms are carved directly into the rock using then the rock saved as walls, integrating where necessary with masonry. Their covering were made by roof tile. All the materials found during the excavation are evidence of life which took place in the castle’s court and of habits and customs of the inhabitants, fundamental to reconstruct the history of the castle. To architectural characteristic emerged and materials found, the excavation allow to frame the early life of castle in what is called “second fortification”, a phenomenon that takes place between the late XII century and the XIV century, when some castles assumed a more hegemonic function in the balanced of the rural population, compared to the previous period, and defined more articulately their urban structures.

A visit to the Archeological Site overlooking the Castle can be booked exclusively through our website.


Restauro2I remember Abbadia di Naro’s castle as a place for kid’s games, where the imagination found concrete physical and tangible hazard of the place, with its roughness, the full of history ruin’s instability, the cliff overhanging the void, the views from the top of the village of Naro, tha Candigliano that made you feel powerful and strong. This before until my first inspection to see how to restore symbolic dignity to the castle, how to restore stability to the ruins deleting trails of destruction throughout the centuries and the most violence among them of the seventies who wanted to erase the signs of color, materials of many centuries of history with a recovery attempt, fortunately never completed, against every principle technical, architectonical, functional and economic. Luckily not all was lost. The ruins, the architecture, the place in general retained a spirit that continued to survive and reign, clear and precise, like fire under the embers and could perhaps dictate a guide for its recovery; a strange breath was felt “nullus locus sine genio”, no place without genius, this was clear to me, could certainly take possession of the place and revive still magical encounters with the past. I felt good walking among the ruins, torn between anger and joy, anger not to have more visible trails from the mountains of stone removed and from destroyed works, joy for the opportunity to compare with a building that could trace all the history of our land, starting a long time before the year 1000. It was Franco Stocchi, intuitive entrepreneur, capable of evolution of the best business Marche’s history, feeling first this place’s spirit fascinating himself up to buy it without any particular economic reasons, perhaps even without knowing what to do with it, but only for the strange stimulus the charming place arouse. Also he now walks along the castle, especially outdoor and I think, looking at him, that he feel good and strong. He had simply guessed, consciously or not, that the ruins were not only stone and lime but magical architectural tool, a place of meditation where isolate himself and where thoughts became more powerful than its businesses and its economies.

Restauro3Walking and noting ruins and piles of indistinct stone, I felt a sense of power: the hard stone, the rock that the natural geological movements wanted to backfire in vertical layers or folded like spiral unexplained, the vertiginous cliff, then the wall, at least the original ones, with thicknesses even greater than two meters, all made by stone of the mountain itself and those all around, light dance of an architecture based on the weight of the materials. Stone by stone, it is appropriate to say, to describe Naio’s castle (Today Naro) because it dawn from a rock of white and pink limestone from which is extracted the stone with it is made the castle, a sort of law of architectural energy’s conservation, from natural rock to the artificial castle.

Build to defend the power of large family that were inside the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellins, municipalities and lordship, state and taxes, Church and military power as to symbolize all the steps of the Italian history. That’s why Naro’s castle is a historic landmark that we must preserve. Restauro1It doesn’t exist, until now, a written story from its birth; a few are the early documents and for that are extremely important the trails, even if small, emerge thanks to restoration and excavation works useful to formulate an exactly knowledge of the place. It requires a painstaking attention to work in a wide space with meticulous attention to details. Also the builders, businesses and professionals play a key role: they are sensitive researchers of materials, shapes, signs of voids filled the wall that they constantly reported with skill and interest, that after grow and make a work of restoration also a work of cultural growth and exciting personal research. It’s a satisfaction working with materials with which nothing is waste but everything is recovered. At the end it’s exactly what happened and no one has pulled back. And this is unquestionably a result.

Ing. Italo Grilli

The Castle

The long and challenging renovation works, which proceeded for 5 years, brought the structure back to its ancient beauty. Historical  accuracy and innovative elements combine together to make Castello di Naro an extraordinary location for events, celebrations and exclusive stays.

The meeting room, the restaurant and especially the wide green spaces are an extremely impressive frame for any event, from business meetings to exclusive dinners or bridal parties.

The staff and partners of the Castello di Naro will support clients on the organization of the events to the aim of making every initiative a success.

The Castle is also provided with spaces dedicated to well being and relax, which are harmoniously integrated with the architectural and natural elements of the surroundings.

Sauna, chromotherapy tub, relax rooms, whirlpool bath, donate unique sensations which intensify the peaceful atmosphere permeating the structure and result in a unique experience for our guests.

Per approfondimenti è possibile visitare le sezioni: STORIA - ARCHEOLOGIA - RESTAURO


The "Time" chambre

"Sant’Andrea" Suite

The "sky" chamber


Weddings and Events

The extremely fascinating scenery, the quietness and absolute privacy of the place make Castello di Naro a unique location for weddings, happenings, meetings and ceremonies. The meeting room (Capacity: 80 persons), the restaurant (Capacity: 60 persons) and especially the wide green spaces are an extremely impressive frame for any event, from business meetings to exclusive dinners or bridal parties. The staff and partners of the Castello di Naro will support clients on the organization of the events to the aim of making every initiative a success.


Meeting room


Chapel "S. Caterina d'Alessandria"




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