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But Filippa endured until the last siege and gave back to Cagli the castles very battered. The resistance were so strong 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.
Historical 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.
The 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.
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Walking 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. It 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 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.
The "Time" chambre
The "sky" chamber
Chapel "S. Caterina d'Alessandria"