Castelleone di Suasa

Castellone di Suasa
Comune di Castelleone di Suasa

Parish church of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Coat of arms
Castellone di Suasa

Location of Castellone di Suasa in Italy

Coordinates: 43°36′N 12°59′E / 43.600°N 12.983°E / 43.600; 12.983
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province / Metropolitan city Ancona (AN)
Frazioni Bozzo, Casalta, Case Nuove, Farneto, Pian Volpello, Santa Lucia, Ville
  Mayor Carlo Manfredi
  Total 15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 206 m (676 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)
  Total 1,723
  Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castelleonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 60010
Dialing code 071
Patron saint St. Peter the Martyr
Saint day 29 April
Website Official website

Castelleone di Suasa is a town and comune within the Province of Ancona, in the Marche region of Italy.

It is well known for the archaeological park of Suasa, an ancient Roman town.

Rising on a hill near the river Cesano, Castelleone di Suasa is also called "green town" because of its flourishing nursery activity. Below the medieval castle there are the remains of the Roman municipality of Suasa, that rose along the branch of the via Flaminia that led to Sena Gallica (Senigallia).

Since 1987 the Archaeological Superintendence of the Regione of Marche, has started a programme of excavations that has allowed the discovery of the ancient basalt street, the commercial forum, two sepulchre areas, the amphitheatre and, above all, the rich patrician dwelling that has become Archaeological Park.

Main sights

Outside the town there is the rural Chapel of San Martino, where an early canvas by the painter Ercole Ramazzani (16th century) is displayed.

From the medieval village it is possible to descend to the valley below (Pian Volpello zone), where the archaeological area of Suasa is located.

Traditions and events

The "Forgiveness Feast", the most important religious event of the year, takes place during the spring season, followed by the Fair on the successive Monday.

The onion was one of the most important foods in the local economy (the "Castelleonesi" were famous as "onion growers"), and therefore for some years now the appointment of major attraction has become the Festa della Cipolla ("Onion Festival"), on the first weekend in September: the feast foresees itinerant shows and gastronomic stands with curious and succulent recipes based on onion.

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