|TOURISM: what to visit|
|Fiastra Abbey nature reserve|
|Urbs Salvia archeological park|
|Sferisterio of Macerata|
|Sibillini national park|
|Conero national park|
|City to visit|
|San Severino Marche|
|TOURISM: What to visit|
|Fiastra Abbey Nature Reserve||
The territory of the nature reserve presents the typical morphology of fluvial areas, and it is characterized by the valleys where the river Chienti and the river Fiastra run. The flora and the fauna of the area are very interesting, since they include some species which are typical of the hills of the Marches region and species which are rather rare in Italy.
|The Urbs Salvia archeological park
|The archaeological rests of the the city Urbs Salvia represent the most relevant monumental and archaeological complex in the Marches . Besides it fully concords with the definition of Archaeological Park estabilished by the D.L.29/October 1999,n. 490 according to which this expression we have to describe a "territorial section characterized by important archaeological evidences together with the presence of enviromental, historical and landscape values...". The interest in this area manifested quite late; it occirred when the state domain bought most of the area enclosed in the ancient walls of the city, which is the premise and the starting pointforthe constitution of a "Archaeological Park of Urbs Salvia". The inervent of the state has determined the recent opening of the State Archaeological Museum of Urbisaglia, set in the center of the modern city. The archaeological Park of Urbs Salvia is also inside the natural Reserve of Fiastra Abbey, aknwledged as "Natural Reserve of the State",where we find important traces of the human intervent in the territory as the Cistercian Abbey of S. Maria of Chiaravalle in Fiastra of 1142, the eighteenth century palace of Bandini Princeps, and the numerous granges spread on the area.The archaeological Park covers an area of about 40 hectares situated among the S.S. 78 and the villages of Convento in the South and that of Maestà in the North.
|The sferisterio was constructed between the years 1820-29 to the designs of Ireneo Aleandri and is one of the most highly renowned neoclassic structures in Italy.
Within the spacious columned semi-circle there are 104 divided stage boxes, and between the arena and the boxes 7000 spectators can be seated for the anual event of Opera Lirica held every summer.
The Sferisterio is a kind of an open-air stadium or sphaeristerium in Macerata, Italy.
|The hypogeum complex of the Frasassi Caves represents one of the most fascinating and majestic underground routes in the world. The tourist route, which is equipped and easy to access, lasts approximately 70 minutes and extends over 1.5 km.
Visitors, accompanied by professional guides, can experience the thrill of a hidden and beautiful upside down world, made of breath-taking scenery, rich in extraordinary concretions, where the silence is broken only by the dripping of the drops of water that bring the constantly changing complex to life.
The caves are open to the public all year round, except on the following days: 4 December, 25 December, 1 January and from 10 to 30 January for the biological stop.
The temperature inside is a constant 14° C. We recommend you wear a pullover and comfortable shoes.
|Sibilinni national park
A mountain chain rising in the heart of Italy and reaching Mt. Vettore (2,476m). A territory where the magic of local nature, history, and culture have contributed in defining a unique and unrepeatable reality. Here, in the kingdom of the mythic Sibilla, the Parco Nazionale Monti Sibillini was established in 1993 (with over 70,000 ha), with the aim to safeguard the environment, promote a social and economic sustainable development, and favour the creation of a "Park suitable to everyone". The wolf, the golden eagle, the peregrine, and a number of endemic species are the most evident elements of a biological richness which, along with the charm of the abbeys and of the Medieval historical centers lying in a crown at the foot of the mountains, have shaped an old and suggestive world where time has stopped to honour a reality of extraordinary beauty.
|Conero national park
The only relief (572 meters) overhanging the sea from Trieste to Gargano, in symbiosis with the towns of Ancona and Camerano, and with the sea resorts of Sirolo and Numana, mount Conero is the heart of the homonymous Regional Park.
Monte Conero, a paradise in the south of Ancona, is truly unique. Here you'll find rock caves and white limestone cliffs totally unlike any other of the Adriatic, from Trieste in the north to the southern "spur" of Italy, the Gargano - a much more Mediterranean experience. The panoramic road winding along the coast offers a spectacular view of many pebble beaches. The area is a regional natural park and a web of signed trails up to the peak. On the top, remains of Palaeolithic settlement dating back 100,000 years have been discovered - the earliest signs of human presence in the region.
A few kilometres far from Tolentino lies, solitary and impressive, the Castle of “La Rancia”. The castle, which can be easily seen from the highway, was built in 1357 by Rodolfo II Varano, Lord of Camerino, on the site of a pre-existing building, a tower-house belonging to a small landowner. Rodolfo Varano’s aim was to build a fortified farm on the model of the Cistercian ones (“grance” from the French grange - “barn, cereal store”) belonging to the nearby Abbey of Chiaravalle di Fiastra. Hence the name “Rancia”.
The Pallotta Castle makes the whole town to look unforgettable: from the top of the hill it dominates with the armony of a Renaissance building, which has replaced the modest dwellings where once a feudal castle stood. We do not have any precise news about the castle's origins. The entrance is through Porta Camerte closed by a massive gate. Once you have passed by the first courtyard with the communication-trenches, the portcullis at closure of the entrance and the machicolation, you find yourself in a rather dark hall; in the left lobby you can admire a 1845 fresco. From the hall you enter into an room where the carriages, the harnesses and the arms are kept. By crossing the draw-bridge you get into the park, where one of the oldest pinetree of the region stands high. On the main floor, among the numerous fully furnished rooms, the dining-room is the most interesting: it houses a rich eighteenth-century pottery and Bohemia crystals collection.
|City to visit|
|San Severino Marche||
Situated in the Potenza Valley, at the foot of the Montenero Hill, one finds San Severino Marche, a small town, just 26 kilometers away from Macerata. In addition to the tranquility of the location, travelers will enjoy visiting the many buildings linked to the town's Medieval and Renaissance past: the charming Piazza del Popolo, Palazzo Municipale, Palazzo dei Governatori with its Clock Tower, Palazzo Servanti Collio, the Church of St Maria delle Misericordia, the Cathedral, the Church of St Lorenzo in Doliolo.Then there is the Archeological Park in the Pieve area with the remains of the Roman city Septempeda. The principal Museums in San Severino Marche are the G.Moretti Archeological Museum and the Tacchi Venturi Art Museum, which houses a number of masterpieces, including Pinturicchio's "Madonna della Pace" and Frescos by Vittore Crivelli and Niccolò Alunno.
in the heartland of the southern-central Marche is a thriving medieval
town set in rolling hills. Pilgrims come from across Italy to visit the
shrine of St Nicholas of Tolentino.
if you don't have any favours to ask of him, visit his handsome Basilica
to marvel at the grandiose Giottoesque frescoes in the Gothic Cappellone
di San Nicola - vivid masterpieces of the 14th century. Spare time also to
linger in the tranquil Romanesque cloister alongside the church.
Marche saint through and through, San Nicola da Tolentino was born at
Sant'Angelo in Pontano near Fermo in 1245. He became a friar in the Order
of St Augustine and in 1275 entered the monastery at Tolentino where he
died in 1305. Although a noted preacher and pastoral worker, his fame
rests on the numerous miracles attributed to his intercession.
was made in 1797 at Palazzo Parisani-Bezzi in Via della Pace when Napoleon
Bonaparte forced Pope Pius VI to sign the Peace of Tolentino in the wake
of his successful invasion of the Papal States.
you enjoy riddles, make for the splendid central Piazza della Liberta' to
figure out the multiple clock faces on one of the Marches' oddest Medieval
clock towers, including one for the phases of the moon.
the draw of flying saints, Bonaparte and chronological puzzles are not
enough, Tolentino boasts The International Museum of Caricature and Humour
in Art in its new home, Palazzo Sangallo. Here you can see some 3,000
works by artists from across the world. The city also hosts the Biennial
International Festival of Hunour in Art, one of the most prestigious
events of its kind.
are plenty of other interesting corners to explore in this lively town
with no shortage of places for good, simple marchigiani food.
east of Tolentino, the swallowtail battlements of the Castello della
Rancia come into view along the main road. This solid square castle was
built as a Benedictine abbey in the 12th century and transformed into a
castle in 1357 for the ruling Da Varano family.
has been the scene of many battles, the last of which was the defeat of
Giocchino Murat, the King of Naples, whose first 19th century bid to unify
Italy was thwarted by Austrian troops in May 1815 - the battle is
re-enacted each May in a colourful event with hundreds of extras. The
castle has been recently restored and opened to the public (1000-1230hrs
and 1600-2000hrs, closed Monday).
For centuries now Macerata has been considered the Italian city where the quality of life is superior to that of almost any other town. It is a town of great culture and rich in age old traditions. Among the sites of certain interest to the tourist: the Sferisterio Arena, the Lauro Rossi Theatre, the Loggia dei Mercanti, Palazzo dei Diamanti, the Museum of the Carriage, the Palazzo Ricci Museum, Porta Montana, the Archeological area of Helvia Recina. The religious buildings of particular interest are: Macerata Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Maria della Misericordia, the Church of St. Maria della Porta. Prominent among the many popular traditions are the Festa of St Giuliano and the Saltarello, a performance of traditional dances linked to various regions of central Italy. The gastronomic tradition of Macerata features dishes such as lo salato, la pizza co li strisci, le olive strinate, i vincigrassi, i tajulì pilusi, la polenta con la sapa, il pistacoppo, la fava ngreccia. Local wines of great quality include the Bianco Colli Maceratesi and the Verdicchio di Matelica.
Nine kilometers of beaches, shining waters and warm ospitality, everything inserted on a landscape of exception: the Monte Conero
In Medieval times, Recanati was an important city and still preserves numerous monuments from the period. The city is famous as the birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi, the poet, who described it as "natio borgo selvaggio". In tribute to Leopardi, there are the Piazza Leopardi, Palazzo Leopardi, the Leopardian Museum and the National Center for Leopardian Studies, these later have greatly increased the cultural importance of Recanati. Other places to visit: the Tower del Borgo, Palazzo Comunale, the Beniamino Gigli Art Museum which includes memorabilia of the famous tenor, the Church of St Domenico and the Diocesan Museum. Within easy reach of Recanati, are the well established seaside resort of Porto Recanati and the Archeological Park of Santa Maria at Potenza. Events worth seeing include Giugno Recanatese and the Fair of San Vito, the Celebrazioni Leopardiane and the Sagra della Frittella.
Sited a few kilometers away from Macerata, Civitanova Marche is an expanding and flourishing business base for shoe manufacturers, fishing enterprises, and the tourist industry. Its sand and pebble beach draws a large number of visitors to the town. In the old part of Civitanova Alta, one can enjoy visiting the Medieval center with its 15th century walls and Modern Art Gallery. Any tourist itinerary should include: The St Marone Sanctuary which is built on the site where St Piceno was martyred. Close to Civitanova Marche, at Montecosaro, one finds the Abbey of St Maria with Frescos by Andrea da Bologna. Local events include Marche a Tavola and Millimarche, dedicated to military accoutrements.
Numana is a shelter where to relax and have fun, in a dream-alike environment.
Loreto is situated on a hill top, between the Valleys of the rivers Musone and Potenza. The city is known worldwide as a destination for numerous religious pilgrimages. The Sanctuary of the Santa Casa, which offered hospitality to Jesus of Nazareth is sited here and has become the town's main attraction. In addition to visiting the Sanctuary, inside which one finds art works by great names such as Bramante, Baccio and Pontelli, tourists should not miss seeing the splendid Piazza della Madonna, Palazzo Apostolico, the Art Museum and the 16th Century Bastions. The town is still home to many craftsman and women producing silverware, religious souvenirs, brier pipes and musical instruments. Events of interest to the visitor include the International Cappella Musical Review, Settembre lauretano, and the Festa della Venuta della Santa Casa. Loreto has many a treat in store for even the most demanding of palates. Featuring among the gastronomic traditions the vincigrassi, a dish prepared according to a recipe dating back to the Jacobean period.
A windy walled town built on a hill that receives the last rays of the sun when all around is in shadow; "non e' ancor notte a Cingoli", (it's not yet night at Cingoli) goes a popular Marche saying, meaning, "don't count your chickens before they're hatched".
Pioraco is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Macerata in the Italian region Marche, located about 60 km southwest of Ancona and about 40 km southwest of Macerata. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,252 and an area of 19.5 km².
This small town is one of the architectural delights of the southern Marche, yet it is so far off the tourist track as hardly ever to excite much interest.
A visit to this pretty small town has a special bonus - an opportunity to taste the sparkling red Vernaccia di Serrapetrona. This is normally a sweet dessert wine but it is also produced in a drier secco version.
Poised on a ridge between two river valleys, this small but impressive hill town on the border between central Marche and Umbria boasts not only a bishop but also a university.
The bustling spa town of Sarnano lies roughly half way between the two provincial capitals of Macerata and Ascoli Piceno. Its waters are claimed to be beneficial for a whole gamut of
complaints, including gout, arthritis and liver complaints.
As with so many other Italian towns, Caldarola is inextricably linked with the fortunes of one family. The Pallotta family produced four cardinals and reached its heyday in the last decade of the 16th century when Cardinal Evangelista Pallotta transformed the family castle into his summer residence.
|Every year, 2-3 May, the municipality organizes " Tolentino 815" ,
a customed historical reconstruction of the Tolentino's Battle
, to which they participate figuring and passionate from all Italy and
Europe in order to reconstruct the battle between Gioacchino Murat and Austrian
The Tolentino 815 Association, in cooperation with the Municipality of Tolentino , organises a historical re-enactment event of the Battle of Tolentino, as occurred the 2 nd and 3 rd of May 1815 between the Neapolitan army of Gioacchino Murat, King of Naples, and the Austrian army led by the Baron Frederick Bianchi; considered by many historians as the first for Italian Indipendence.