|Comune di Sassocorvaro|
|Province||Province of Pesaro e Urbino (PU)|
|• Total||66.5 km2 (25.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||331 m (1,086 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2004)|
|• Density||52/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. John the Baptist|
|Saint day||June 24|
Sassocorvaro is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino in the Italian region Marche, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of Ancona and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Pesaro.
Rotondi's art rescue
For the love of art, he defied the SS and the Republic of Salò. To save Italian art treasures, he tricked the Nazis and risked his life. The hero of this story is Pasquale Rotondi. Born in 1909 in Arpino, he was an art scholar and Urbino’s superintendent of fine art from 1939. The order had come from Rome for him to direct Operation Rescue. He faced the responsibility and the dangers involved in saving the works of art, with great courage. As a result, approximately 10,000 paintings and treasures which derived from the Marches region, Rome, Venice and Milan, were saved.