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Chioggia is a little town, hidden in the shadow of Royal City of Venice, but they are proud Venetans as well. Venetian lions are everywhere - not only on public buildings, but on private houses too.
Infact in the fortress of San Leo the traditional round towers with corbels and machicolations exist together with the elbow-shaped walls which mark the giving up of the round walls experienced in the fortress of Sassocorvaro. The fortress bears the traces of the architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini's first work in the territory of the Montefeltros.
The fortress of San Leo is undoubtly the most well-known in the Dukedom; It enjoys a great fame as a military bulwark, unconquerable less for its fortifications than for its extraordinary geographical position. Nevertheless, this fortress too, necessitated remarkable restoration works during the course of the centuries, both because of the continuous landslides and the ambition to keep it always perfectly efficient.
The time of the fortress's first constrction is unknown, but surely it was during the Longobard age. The old body of the fortress dates to the time of the Malatestas, who restored and modified it. However, only under Federico the fortress underwent substantial changes. This happened around the second half of the 1470s at the same time of the fortress of Cagli, or at least few years before.