Located on the main floor of the eighteenth-century Palace of the Counts Fossa Mancini, it opened on May 24th 2003.
Visit the palace and have a tour in the various sections of the museum where you can admire the beautiful ceilings (one of which is decorated with festoons in neoclassical style), the entrance hall with stucco and baroque paintings of bucolic Arcadian setting, precious eighteenth-century furniture, a marble coat of arms of the House Fossa Mancini and a fresco of 1528 attributed to Andrea from Jesi and restored in 1998.
The area dedicated to the local ancient religious brotherhoods contains the amazing reconstruction of an altar whose objects belonged to the Tridentine rite.
Do not miss the section devoted to a valuable collection of contemporary graphic art donated by Brenno Bucciarelli (1918 – 1988), a famous art publisher born in Castelplanio. Here you can admire the prestigious works of some of the greatest artists of the twentieth century like Bruno da Osimo, Virgilio Guidi, Luigi Bartolini, Arnaldo Ciarrocchi, Primo Conti, Walter Piacesi along with some volumes of the Historical Archive containing the oldest manuscript dating back to the fifteenth century.
The small ancient village of Castelbellino offers a welcoming atmosphere, where every stone has a memory, every street and every corner have a magical surprise.
Wander around the little-known cultural richnesses, drowning the sense of time in the ancient charm of powerful walls, severe portals, enchanting and colourful landscapes; be entranced by the profane delicacies like the smell of “vincisgrassi”, typical dish in the Marches, running away from the little windows carved into the walls or by the irresistible aroma of Verdicchio wine coming from the castle caves used as cellars.
When you join the village, park the car and go on foot to admire the panoramic views of Esino valley at the end of the multiple short lanes. Parallel to the main entrance road, a winding uphill street leads to Piazza San Marco: the old centre is made up of narrow streets, steep stairways and charming squares.
Admire the castle walls of the fifteenth century and take an exciting tour through the streets of the old town which retain all the charm of past years.
At the top of the castle, once crossed the ancient arch of Proferno way, have a sit in one of the benches in the garden for a fantastic view over the Esino valley. In Piazza San Marco, the Loggia Belvedere dating back to the Renaissance period was once used as a covered market and is today one of the most picturesque corners of Castelbellino: enjoy the pleasant view of the rolling hills overlapping each other to the sea.
Distance: km 15
Time advised: an hour and a half
From Piazza Kennedy (Kennedy Square) follow via Trieste (Trieste Street) for about a kilometre and after the third “stop” turn left towards the Vecchia Fornace (Old brick factory).
Take the gravel road alongside the fishing lake until you reach the tarmac road; then turn left and shortly after turn left again onto the white road that leads you back to town.
Turn right and join the S.S. 76; turn left and then right taking the road that leads to the motorway.
Having crossed the level-crossing and the bridge over the River Esino, proceed along the road for about 3 km; then turn left and climb up to Maiolati Spontini.
When you join the village, turn to the left for Colle Celeste.From here go back to the tree-lined avenue and turn right towards the descent.At the junction turn left and join the long descent called Boccolina.
Once crossed the bridge over the River Esino, turn right towards the Vecchio Rotone.
Then turn left and follow the road on the left crossing a small bridge. Go through the railway subway and join the S.S. 76 again. Turn left and you are easily back to Piazza Kennedy.