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Comune di Sassocorvaro
Coat of arms of Sassocorvaro
Coat of arms
Sassocorvaro is located in Italy
Location of Sassocorvaro in Italy
Coordinates: 43°47′N 12°30′E / 43.783°N 12.500°E / 43.783; 12.500Coordinates: 43°47′N 12°30′E / 43.783°N 12.500°E / 43.783; 12.500
Country Italy
Region Marche
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)
 • Total 3,435
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sassocorvaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 61028
Dialing code 0722
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day June 24
Website Official website

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.

Sassocorvaro borders the following municipalities: Auditore, Lunano, Macerata Feltria, Mercatino Conca, Monte Cerignone, Piandimeleto, Tavoleto, Urbino. The Foglia river flows near the town.

Rotondi's art rescue[edit]

Castle-Rocca of Sassocorvaro, where have been hidden the painting during world war II

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.

Lake of Mercatale[edit]

Lake of Mercatale

Downstream of the town,in Mercatale valley, there is an artificial lake originated by the construction of a dam that blocks the flow of the river Foglia. The dam was built in the fifties . The basin contains about 6 million cubic meters of water and it'is used to irrigate the fields planted with cereals , fruit and vegetables , in favor of all the valley to the far away city of Pesaro 50 km down the sea.

Hidroelectric power plant[edit]

The water of the lake is conveyed by gravity in a turbine for the generation of electricity and the dam of Mercatale remains closed throughout the ' year to preserve water in the artificial lake.

[1]=== exceptional events ===[edit]

An exceptional event in 2011, for several months of prolonged drought, has necessitated the opening of the bulkhead and the purging of the mud and debris that had accumulated in autumn 2011 and winter 2012.

Demographic evolution[edit]


  1. ^ centurioni, fabio. "siccità 2012 lago di mercatale". fabio centuirioni. fabio centurioni. Retrieved 03-01-2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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