Pieve Vecchia Monumentale di San Vito sul Cesano
The one of San Vito Sul Cesano looks like a mermaid definitely set apart from the course of history.
In reality she is only enjoying a well-deserved rest, after having seen events of all kinds.
In the early Middle Ages San Vito was in one of the routes of the "Byzantine corridor" that connected the maritime Pentapoli (Rimini, Pesaro, Ancona, Senigallia and Fano) to Rome.
With the Lombard conquest, the Bulgarians (allies of the Longobards) settled in the area so that the Cesano valley was described as 'Bulgaria'. To complicate matters further, in the area there was a powerful monastery that referred to the monks of Sant'Apollinare in Classe di Ravenna.
The marble inserts that can be admired on the fašade of the Pieve Vecchia Monumentale of San Vito sul Cesano belong to that period.
Between 1200 and 1500 the area underwent an incredible whirlwind of events.
It belonged to the monks of the Abbey of San Lorenzo in Campo in 1227 and was under the abbot of S. Paterniano and in 1348 the area was sold to the municipality of Fano for the sum of 300 gold florins.
Taken by the Malatesta family it was conquered and sacked in 1353 by the 'Great Company' of Fra Moriale (a Provencal monk who belonged to the Hospitallers but had then decided to play on his own in Italy).
In rapid (and not always peaceful) succession becomes property of the Sforza, of Federico da Urbino, of the Malatesta, of Fano, of the Dalla Rovere and then again of the Duchy of Urbino, maintaining however its municipal autonomy until 1869.
Would it be possible to miss a bicaudata siren?