Cantiano is a village in the mountain community of Catria and Nerone, in the province of Pesaro - Urbino. It nestles at the foot of Mount Catria ( and is mentioned as Gibbo in Dante's Divine Comedy). Cantiano offers a combination of interwoven history and nature.
In the countryside around Cantiano one can walk
along the numerous pathways amidst wild flowers on Mount Catria or retire to the cool shaded walks in the woods of Tecchie. In Cantiano village are two interesting
museums - the geological where there is an in-house dinosaur called Ugo, and the archeological, offering insights into the ancient history of the Via Flaminia (the first autostrade to Rome?) The restaurants specialize in traditional dishes using local products and wines.
For those interested in architecture, Cantiano has in its historic centre a fine collection of grand houses showing styles ranging from the medieval world to gothic restorations side by side. A monumental Collegiate chest of fine art, sculptures and ancient books. Art history visitors will find hamlets in the surrounding area worth exploring.
The roman Caio Flaminio was instrumental in constructing the ancient Via Flaminia connecting the strategic Adriatic Coast with Rome. Around Cantiano remains of bridges, walls and sewers attest to the lasting qualities of this ancient project begun over 200 years B.C.
Today Cantiano is known for its bread and is one of 21 places in Italy famous for the quality of its traditional baking. Gastronomic delights also available include Amarena made from wild cherries, trout, truffles, horse steaks, polenta, snails, fresh water shrimps, wild boar and fruit and vegetables grown locally. A favourite sweet is Vigilia made from flour, water, honey and nuts finely chopped. Naturally dishes vary according to the seasons.