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Agugliano, Ancona, Italy

The original ancient village of Agugliano sits on top of a hill illuminated by the colours of nature that characterise the Marche region.
In ancient times, when several municipalities of Ancona formed a tight defensive and fortifying union, Agugliano distinguished itself for its great sense of loyalty. It used to be like a theatre of reprisal for the militia who were unable to reach the county's capital. Thus, it was often destroyed. Today, little remains of the original site it used to be. However, it is possible to visit Castel d'Emilio, the castle of Emilio; an ancient castle with a square tower that is surrounded by very well preserved walls.

The castle has undergone so many changes that the ancient parts have been destroyed or irreversibly altered. Despite this, the ancient perimeter wall can still be identified, thanks also to a 19th century map that shows us its irregular polygonal plan.
You can, however, visit the castle "Castel d'Emilio". The first mentions of this castle date back to 1239, and of the original structures you can still see the outer wall and the three tower rompitratta.

Every year the feast day of the patron saint of Agugliano, Saint Anastasius (S. Anastasio), is celebrated in the church of the SS. Sacramento. Inside the church on the left, there is a painting that has been attributed to Peruzzini (17th century); on the right you can see the funerary monument of cardinal Vico, and an ancient crucifix. In the apse there is a painting with an image of Saint Charles Borromeo in the bottom right.

The church of S. Maria a Nazareth is very old, it can in fact be dated right back to 1304.
In the apse there is a 17th century painting dedicated to the Translation of the Holy House. The church of S.Maria delle Grazie, built on a piazza outside the castle walls, has a magnificent 15th century terracotta portal. The inside was renovated in the 17th century, and consists of three naves, the side ones have barrel vault ceilings whereas the central nave is covered by sail vaults.

(Images from Max Guidobaldi)