Visible from afar the gleaming white San Fiorano is situated on a hill on the edge of the Apennine Mountains. For centuries the ancient parish with a church, rectory and farmhouse was the centre of the small valley. The later dilapidated property was rebuilt in the mid 90s and revived. The church is now used as a space for celebrations, as a dining room and as a cool retreat on hot days. The former rectory was converted to a guest house and offers 120 square meters of space for up to six people (including the library for 8 people). The building is surrounded by a spacious, park-like garden with lavender, cypress and pine trees, a lily pond and a large pool.
Pictures (2, 4, 8, 9, 12): Ferdinand Graf von Luckner
What to do
The small town of Cagli, with its winding alleys, a large piazza with restaurants and cafes, a historical theater and many small shops is located 8 km away from San Fiorano. Excursions to the Renaissance town of Urbino with the splendid Palazzo Ducale of the Duke of Montefeltro and the birthplace of Raffaels and the town of Acqualagna, the 'truffle capital' of the Marche. To the sea it is 50 minute by car: Fano with its sandy beach, the Lido di Fano, is also ideal for small children. In a little less than an hour you are in the mountains, e.g. on the Monte Petrano (1100m), the Monte Nerone (1500m) or the Catria Massif (1700m).