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Borgo di Longiano

In 1992 Longiano received the title of “The Ideal Village” assigned by the European Community and the magazine Airone.
In 2005 the Italian Touring Club awarded this village the prestigious “Bandiera Arancione” (Orange flag), a distinction of touristic and environmental quality.
It is not a surprise if a small village like this has won so many awards, in fact Longiano is rich in artistic, religious, historic and cultural treasures.
Also this small village hosts a fortress which was the residence of the Malatestas from 1290 to 1463 and now houses the permanent seat of the Fondazione Tito Balestra (Foundation Tito Balestra) exhibiting works by Chagall, Goya, Guttuso, Matisse, Morandi, Vespignani and many other illustrious artists.
Besides this museum there is a Museum of Sacred Art and one of works in cast iron. Longiano is situated just a short distance from the Gothic Line and therefore suffered considerable damage from allied bombings. An air raid shelter tunnel crosses part of the historic centre.
Last but not least, Longiano hosts the Gallery of Masks and the Petrella Theatre, a gem of this village and its residents. It is an example of a 19th-century theatre with 205 seats, famous for its outstanding acoustics, intimacy and warmth which combine to give a unique sensation to each spectator going into this magical place.