Macerata Province
Macerata Province
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Province of Macerata, Le Marche

Macerata Province

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The province of Macerata is in the centre of the five provinces of Le Marche and, in common with the other provinces of Le Marche, is spread from east to west. It borders the Adriatic coast to the east, the province of Ancona to the north, the provinces of Fermo and Ascoli Piceno to the south and Umbria to the west.
Macerata ProvinceProvince of Macerata, Le Marche
Covering 2,774 km², Macerata is the largest province in the region of Le Marche and almost 70% of the area is hilly with the rest being mountainous.

The nearest airport to Macerata is Aeroporto di Ancona-Falconara in Ancona which is about 80 kilometres away from the town of Macerata. Aeroporto di Ancona-Falconara (AOI) is located in Falconara Marittima to the west of Ancona and is around 50km from the town of Fermo. This airport is also known as Aeroporto Raffaello Sanzio.
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The nearest ferry port is Ancona, around 80km from the town of Macerata. The port, one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea, is located near the centre of Ancona and is a busy passenger port with ferries running to Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro. It has good facilities with a café, shop, restrooms and both short and long term car parks.
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There is a good train line running down the eastern coast of Le Marche and a direct train from Rome to the town of Macerata.

The main road serving Macerata, along with the rest of the region of Le Marche, is the A14 motorway (Autostrada A14 or Autostrada Adriatica).This motorway runs between the cities of Bologna and Taranto, mostly hugging the Adriatic coastline. The A14 motorway is 743.4 km in length and mainly consists of two lanes, three in parts of the north, and has many hills, tunnels and bridges. There is also a major road from Rome to Macerata town which will take around 3.5 hours.

Macerata This is the capital of the province of Macerata and is a university town with around 15,000 students. The town is in two parts with the old town (centro storico) sitting on a hill with the new town spread out below it. The two parts of the town are connected by steep steps and an elevator.

In the centre of the old town is the Piazza della Libertà which is surrounded by some beautiful Renaissance architecture and other striking buildings. The Neoclassical cathedral, with an interior designed by Cosimo Morelli, was built between 1771 and 1790 and it has the remains of a 15th century Gothic bell tower. The main, and most spectacular attraction of the town in the Arena Sferisterio. This was originally designed for the ancient sport of 'pallone col bracciale' but is now used as a football stadium, tennis courts and an open air theatre. Recently it has been adapted to present opera and in July and August every year the Sferisterio Opera Festival takes place.

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Arena Sferisterio - Photo: Florian Prischl
Other towns and villages worth visiting in this province are:
  • Caldarola - This town has several castles, Croce, Vestignano, Pievefavera and Castello Pallotta which was built in the 9th century and then rebuilt in the 16th century. There is also the 16th century Pallotta Palace and the Collegiata di San Martin which was built in 1587.
  • Camerino - Camerino is another university town in the province of Macerata and the University of Camerino was founded in the Middle Ages. The Ducal Palace, part of one of the faculties of the university, is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in central Italy.
There is an early 19th century cathedral with a crypt flanked by two stone lions from the 13th century.

The Rocco di Borgia (1503) is an impressive site with its massive keep and cylindrical towers.

The 16th century Archbishops Palace has been turned into a museum and holds several important masterpieces.

This town also has a late Gothic church (S. Venanzio) which has retained its original façade and bell tower, an early 16th century gate (Porta Malatestiana) and the medieval Abbey of Fiastra.

Cingoli
Built on the site of the ancient fortress of Cingulum, this town is known as 'Il Balcone delle Marche' (The Balcony of Marche) due to its staggering views. On a clear day you can gaze over the surrounding countryside to the Adriatic sea where it is possible to catch sight of the mountain tops of Croatia on the other side.

Esanatoglia
This is pretty village high up in the mountainous region of the province of Macerata and it has some interesting historical sites:
Hermitage of San Cataldo - a medieval guard tower resting on the top of a mountain and facing the town.

Church of San Martino - built in the Middle Ages and located right in the middle of the town centre.

Fountain of San Martino - built in the 12th century and rebuilt in 1534.

Fiastra
Just outside this town, 700 metres above sea level, is Lago Fiastra which is a beautiful lake surrounded by a white chalk beach. Set in the middle of green fields and with a backdrop of forests and mountains it is a perfect location for a peaceful family day out. You can swim and fish in the lake, take a boat trip, hire umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach and there are a wealth of activities to suit both parents and children.

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Lago Fiastra - Photo: Lorenzo Ferrucci
Gualdo
Situated 652 metres above sea level the village of Gualdo offers spectacular views of the Sibillini Mountains. Parts of the wall and some towers of the medieval castle can still be seen.

Matelica
A well preserved village from the Middle Ages with several monuments and churches from various periods. The old town centre is steeped in history and has some interesting narrow streets such as Vicolo Orfanelle. This a narrow, twisting alley known locally as 'baciafemmine' (kiss the girls) as it is possible to disappear with someone into one of the many nooks and crannies along the way and not be seen by people walking by. There is also old tradition kept alive in the town maintaining that anyone who runs seven laps around the fountain in the middle of Piazza Enrico Mattei,under the supervision of an officer, can be awarded a license to be a crazy person!

Montelupone
Here you can find the attractive Abbey of St. Firmanus, a Romanesque abbey built in the late 9th century AD and home to a terracotta by Ambrogio della Robbia. This small town also has the Palazzo del Podestà and Civic Tower as well as Medieval gates, a couple of pleasant churches and an art gallery.

Penna San Giovanni
Penna is a very ancient hilltop town which spends most of the year covered in mud due to continual heavy rain. At the highest point of the town the remains of an ancient fort can be found and panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding hilltop towns can be enjoyed. It also has several notable churches and a tiny early 19th century theatre.

Recanati
Recanati is also known as 'the city of poetry' due to it being the birthplace and home town of the poet Giacomo Leopardi. It also has some interesting historical architecture, castles and churches.

Montefiore Castle - this castle dates back to the late middle ages and has a polygonal shape and a high tower.

Church and cloister of Sant'Agostino - first built in the 13th century but then rebuilt almost a hundred years later.

Carabinieri barracks built in the 14th century.

Co-Cathedral of St. Flavian - dating back to the 14th century and the burial place of Pope Gregory XII.

Palazzo Venieri and Palazzo Mazzagalli - both designed by Giuliano da Maiano.

Church of Santa Maria di Castelnuovo - built in the 12th century it has a Byzantine style lunette over its portal which is signed and dated 1253. Inside there is a fresco by Pietro di Domenico of Montepulciano.

Church of St. Vitus - only the apse and the bell tower remain from the original structure and after an earthquake in 1741 the façade was remade. after an earthquake in 1741. It holds some interesting works of art.

Other notable churches are the Church of San Domenico (15th century), the Church of San Pietrino (14th century) and the Church of Madonna delle Grazie (1465).

San Severino Marche
There are the remains of the original medieval city here showing the communal tower, two gates, cathedral and bell tower. Also, this town has the archaeological remains of Septempeda showing the baths, gates and walls.

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Piazza de Popolo, San Severino Marche - Photo: Moongateclimber
Piazza del Popolo is the main square and was once a 13th century fortified square.

Basilica of San Lorenzo in Doliolo was reportedly built in the 13th century over the 2nd century temple of Feronia. The crypt certainly dates back to the 6th century and has a few remains of original frescoes.

The new Cathedral of Sant'Agostino.

Churches of Santa Maria del Glorioso, San Giuseppe and San Domenico.

Giuseppe Moretti Archaeological Museum.

Urbisaglia
The medieval military fortress, Rocca di Urbisaglia, can be found here. The fortress has a trapezoidal shape with the longest side facing away from the town, in the direction of any potential attackers. With its four corner towers and gate tower it makes an impressive sight.

The main attraction of this town is the Archaeological Park of Urbs Salvia, which spreads out over an area of almost 100 acres and was officially recognised as an important archaeological site in 1994. Just outside the medieval city walls of the town of a path of around 1.5k in length descends through the Archaeological Park. This gives you a good idea of the original layout of the ancient town and you are able to visit many points of interest along the way.

Other points of interest include the Abbey of Chiaravalle di Fiastra, San Lorenzo Collegiate church, Chiesa della Maestà and the Chiesa dell'Addolorata.

Every year throughout July and August a season of high quality, classical drama takes place in the amphitheatre.

Coastal towns and resorts:
  • Civitanova Marche - As well as being a seaside resort this town is also a fishing port and has a marina. It has wide beaches with shallow water to the north and deeper water at its southern end which is the more attractive area of coast. There is a good cycling path which makes a pleasant way of seeing the surrounding area and coastline. The town centre is wide and agreeable with many green parks and open spaces as well as historical buildings and architecture. It offers some very stylish shops, particularly around the Piazza XX Settembre where designer outlets can be found.
  • Porto Recanati - Porto Recanati is a very popular resort, with 8 km wide beaches, some sandy and some pebbled. The resort offers everything a family could need from playgrounds for children, leisure facilities, modern beach resorts, good and plentiful hotels and a lively night life.
The town centre has a castle, tiny narrow streets with brick houses and is packed with good, reasonably priced restaurants.

Food and Wine
There are some very interesting traditional dishes from the province of Macerata:
  • Brodetto - a fish stew, from the coastal area of the province, which must be made with exactly thirteen different species of fish.
  • Ciaouscolo - a sort of soft sausage, a bit like pate, made from pork which has been ground three times and seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. Ciaouscolo is eaten spread on either very fresh bread or toasted bread.
  • Lasagna Vincisgrassi - a local pasta dish made from alternate layers of pasta, cheese and meat sauce which contains giblets and brain.
Two red wines produced in the province are Rosso Piceno DOC and Vernaccia Nera along with the white Verdicchio di Matelica DOC.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 9,694 km²
      Population: 1.5m
      Density: 159/km²
      Capital: Ancona

      National Parks:
      Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National park
      The Sibillini National Park
Location of Le Marche
Provinces of Le Marche
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    • Ancona
      • Agugliano
        Ancona
        Arcevia
        Barbara
        Belvedere Ostrense
        Camerano
        Camerata Picena
        Castel Colonna
        Castelbellino
        Castelfidardo
        Castelleone di Suasa
        Castelplanio
        Cerreto d’Esi
        Chiaravalle
        Corinaldo
        Cupramontana
        Fabriano
        Falconara Marittima
        Filottrano
        Genga
        Jesi
        Loreto
        Maiolati Spontini
        Mergo
        Monsano
        Monte Roberto
        Monte San Vito
        Montecarotto
        Montemarciano
        Monterado
        Morro d’Alba
        Numana
        Offagna
        Osimo
        Ostra
        Ostra Vetere
        Poggio San Marcello
        Polverigi
        Ripe
        Rosora
        San Marcello
        San Paolo di Jesi
        Santa Maria Nuova
        Sassoferrato
        Senigallia
        Serra de’ Conti
        Serra San Quirico
        Sirolo
        Staffolo

    • Ascoli Piceno
      • Acquasanta Terme
        Acquaviva Picena
        Appignano del Tronto
        Arquata del Tronto
        Ascoli Piceno
        Carassai
        Castel di Lama
        Castignano
        Castorano
        Colli del Tronto
        Comunanza
        Cossignano
        Cupra Marittima
        Folignano
        Force
        Grottammare
        Maltignano
        Massignano
        Monsampolo del Tronto
        Montalto delle Marche
        Montedinove
        Montefiore dell’Aso
        Montegallo
        Montemonaco
        Monteprandone
        Offida
        Palmiano
        Ripatransone
        Roccafluvione
        Rotella
        San Benedetto del Tronto
        Spinetoli
        Venarotta

    • Fermo
      • Altidona
        Amandola
        Belmonte Piceno
        Campofilone
        Falerone
        Fermo
        Francavilla d’Ete
        Grottazzolina
        Lapedona
        Magliano di Tenna
        Massa Fermana
        Monsampietro Morico
        Montappone
        Monte Giberto
        Monte Rinaldo
        Monte San Pietrangeli
        Monte Urano
        Monte Vidon Combatte
        Monte Vidon Corrado
        Montefalcone Appennino
        Montefortino
        Montegiorgio
        Montegranaro
        Monteleone di Fermo
        Montelparo
        Monterubbiano
        Montottone
        Moresco
        Ortezzano
        Pedaso
        Petritoli
        Ponzano di Fermo
        Porto San Giorgio
        Porto Sant’Elpidio
        Rapagnano
        Santa Vittoria in Matenano
        Sant’Elpidio a Mare
        Servigliano
        Smerillo
        Torre San Patrizio

    • Macerata
      • Acquacanina
        Apiro
        Appignano
        Belforte del Chienti
        Bolognola
        Caldarola
        Camerino
        Camporotondo di Fiastrone
        Castelraimondo
        Castelsantangelo sul Nera
        Cessapalombo
        Cingoli
        Civitanova Marche
        Colmurano
        Corridonia
        Esanatoglia
        Fiastra
        Fiordimonte
        Fiuminata
        Gagliole
        Gualdo
        Loro Piceno
        Macerata
        Matelica
        Mogliano
        Monte Cavallo
        Monte San Giusto
        Monte San Martino
        Montecassiano
        Montecosaro
        Montefano
        Montelupone
        Morrovalle
        Muccia
        Penna San Giovanni
        Petriolo
        Pieve Torina
        Pievebovigliana
        Pioraco
        Poggio San Vicino
        Pollenza
        Porto Recanati
        Potenza Picena
        Recanati
        Ripe San Ginesio
        San Ginesio
        San Severino Marche
        Sant’Angelo in Pontano
        Sarnano
        Sefro
        Serrapetrona
        Serravalle di Chienti
        Tolentino
        Treia
        Urbisaglia
        Ussita
        Visso

    • Pesaro e Urbino
      • Acqualagna
        Apecchio
        Auditore
        Barchi
        Belforte all’Isauro
        Borgo Pace
        Cagli
        Cantiano
        Carpegna
        Cartoceto
        Colbordolo
        Fano
        Fermignano
        Fossombrone
        Fratte Rosa
        Frontino
        Frontone
        Gabicce Mare
        Gradara
        Isola del Piano
        Lunano
        Macerata Feltria
        Mercatello sul Metauro
        Mercatino Conca
        Mombaroccio
        Mondavio
        Mondolfo
        Monte Cerignone
        Monte Grimano Terme
        Monte Porzio
        Montecalvo in Foglia
        Monteciccardo
        Montecopiolo
        Montefelcino
        Montelabbate
        Montemaggiore al Metauro
        Orciano di Pesaro
        Peglio
        Pergola
        Pesaro
        Petriano
        Piagge
        Piandimeleto
        Pietrarubbia
        Piobbico
        Saltara
        San Costanzo
        San Giorgio di Pesaro
        San Lorenzo in Campo
        Sant’Angelo in Lizzola
        Sant’Angelo in Vado
        Sant’Ippolito
        Sassocorvaro
        Sassofeltrio
        Serra Sant’Abbondio
        Serrungarina
        Tavoleto
        Tavullia
        Urbania
        Urbino
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Le Marche Climate (Ancona)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
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