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“Even in riper times the aureole did not fade quite away from San Leo, and the longing sometime to see it remained laid away in a mental corner, only awaiting the occasion to be brought forth and transmuted into a realization.”
— from “Wayfarers in Italy” 1901 by Katharine Hooker
In the Middle Ages San Leo became part of the fief of the powerful family of the Carpegna, who granted the land from Frederick I of Hohenstaufen (1122-1190). The Carpegna family was first created the Counts of Montefeltro and then the Dukes of Urbino, moving their court to Urbino. When that happened San Leo became a municipality, but soon fell under the rule of the Tiberti family, followed by the Church State through Cesare Borgia [1475-1507] in 1503, then the Malatesta family, lords of Rimini, and finally returning to the Dukes of Urbino, under the force of Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino.
Eventually the town became part of the Papal States, and part of Italy after unification in 1861. Today, San Leo is a quiet village; and thanks to its well-preserved historical and artistic heritage it is tourist destination. However, on the afternoon and evening we visited we were the only tourists! That was a joy.
Both indoors and out, both old and new, weapons of war are displayed at the Castle/Fortress of San Leo.
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