The medieval castle of Montecopiolo, rescued by the Centre of Medieval Archeology ( in collaboration with the University of Urbino), is really worth a visit, not only because it’s an archaeological site but also because you can enjoy a wonderful view from the rocky spur ( 1030 meters) where it was built.
This castle already existed before the 11th century and it was abandoned in the 18th century. Studies are being carried out in order to discover more about the castle, as the structure of the castle is very complex and, since the castle was used for a very long time, it underwent many changes during the centuries, especially during the Middle Ages.
Archeologists are striving to bring the whole castle back to its original status. The castle is being rebuilt for many reasons, and mainly because it was a very important castle in the past, as the castle of Monte Copiolo belonged to the family of the counts Montefeltro. At the end of the 12th century Montefeltrano I inherited the castle from the counts of Carpegna so a new branch of the family was started.
In 1210 the emperor Otto IV granted the title of Count of Montefeltro to his sons Montefeltrano, Bonconte and Taddeo and gave origin to the famous family who marked the history of this land and farther. A short time later Bonconte became Count of Urbino, left Monte Copiolo and moved to Urbino.
In the 13th century the modest Counts of Monte Copiolo became Counts of Montefeltro, then Counts of Urbino. In 1443 the Count Oddantonio di Montefeltro became Duke of Urbino, although he was killed one year later and was replaced by the well- known Frederick of Montefeltro, who had deep mountain roots.