Pierosara is a Mediaeval stronghold, Castrum Petrosum or Castel Petroso, which stands in a strategic position on a hill close to two gorges, the Frasassi and della Rossa gorges, presumably founded before 1000 AD.
Initially dependent on the Abbey of San Vittore, in 1212 it was subjected to Fabriano, while maintaining great autonomy and sovereignty over a vast area of the surrounding area, until 1809 with the formation of the Kingdom of Italy.
Piero and Sara legend
It is said that the Count of Rovellone, feudal lord of the Rotorscio Castle, met a girl named Sara who lived in Castel Petroso.
Fascinated by the young girl’s beauty, he fell in love with her and decided to kidnap her as she was betrothed to another castellan named Piero.
One night, the feudal lord entered the castle and succeeded in his intent.
However, the locals immediately noticed the crime and to avoid the worst they closed the access doors and began a violent battle against the knights followers of the Count of Rovellone.
During the brawl, the count sorrounded and killed the beautiful Sara held in his arms.
Arrived Piero fell upon the killer, who, brandishing an axe, also struck the unfortunate young man who fell dying near his young beloved and with a last hug died next to her.
To commemorate this sad event, Castel Petroso, from that day on, assumed the name of Pierosara.