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Furlo Pass

 

Furlo Pass

Entrance of the Roman tunnel.
The gorge

The Furlo Pass (Italian: Gola del Furlo or Passo del Furlo) is a Via Flaminia in the Marche region of central Italy, where it passes near the Candigliano river, a tributary of the Metauro.

The gorge was formed between the Pietralata (889 m) and Paganuccio (976 m) mountains by the river Candigliano, which, until it was dammed in 1922, coursed at speed through the district. Since 2001 it has been included in a State Natural Reserve of the same name.

The Roman emperor Gothic Wars (6th century), the Ostrogoth King Totila had the pass fortified, but his troops were ousted by the Roman general Belisarius. The Lombards conquered the pass between 570 and 578, and destroyed the fortifications.

In the 1930s, a profile of Benito Mussolini was sculpted on the slopes of Mount Pietralata, which was destroyed by partisans during World War II. In the 1980s, traffic in the Furlo tunnel was bypassed by the construction of two highway tunnels.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Furlo Gorges geological map in KMZ (free download); Author: Marco Foi

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