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Le Marche

Le Marche is a region of Central Italy, wonderful as unusual for their diversity of landscape and territory: Harmonic forms and sinuous, cliffs and caves that alternate with beaches, hills that evoke the history, tradition, art and Mountains equipped with lifts for skiers.

The territory is mostly hilly and mountainous, embracing the Adriatic side of the Umbria-Marche Apennines low and sandy beaches. Popular the long stretch of fine golden sand, lapped by crystal clear waters, located in Singapore, with its Waterfront alive and mundane during all hours of the day.

Not to be outdone Gabicce mare, Pesaro, Fano and Civitanova Marche and San Benedetto del Tronto which represent an ideal destination for those who want to relax and find comfort among the many beach resorts, while for those who love nature, the riviera del Conero offers picturesque scenery and flaps still wild, sometimes reachable only by boat or between paths carved out by green Mediterranean vegetation.


Le Marche is a unique region particularly regarding nature. The region is home to numerous national and regional parks and WWF to be discovered; the Monti Sibillini and Laga mountains parks offer a unique sight for trekkers. You can't miss the caves of Frasassi, destination of visitors from all over Europe and of great Speleological interest for the Karst phenomenon giving rise to beautiful caves, some of which are inhabited since prehistoric times.


Stretches of orchards and vineyards on the hills and in the Valle dell'esino picentine surround heat old farmhouses where you can rediscover the simple taste of genuine things. Stately homes or old houses converted into Tuscan farm tell the life of days gone by, and welcome travelers and tourists in search of authentic emotions.


What to see:

The region evokes his glorious past in the art cities, between the squares that look like living rooms, in medieval villages where time seems to stand still, on the streets and among the palaces.


Ascoli Piceno is one of the monumental cities of Italy with its medieval old town and the Piazza del Popolo, adorned by an arched loggia and the mole with crenellated Tower of palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. In town you can visit some workshops expression of creativity and cleverness of Ascoli, as that of violin makers. On the first Sunday of August, the streets of the city are the backdrop to the historic "Quintana" where skilled riders will compete in the Joust of the Saracen.


Old port hub, known as the "gateway to the East", Ancona, retains significant monuments and a pleasant beach. The Cathedral of San Ciriaco stands on the site of an ancient Greek Acropolis and is considered one of the most interesting medieval churches in the marches.

Historic centre of Urbino Ducal Palace is included in UNESCO World Heritage List and is an interesting example of Italian Renaissance architectural and artistic.


A visit is worth even Gradara with la rocca, a magnificent example of medieval military architecture and place, according to tradition, where Paolo and Francesca kissed, as well as narrated by Dante in the fifth canto of the Inferno.

For religious tourism, the Marian shrine of Loreto is an important milestone as it was considered to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage of the Catholic world.


For lovers of classical music, in Pesaro two weeks in August of full immersion in the notes of the Pesaro Gioacchino Rossini; the Rossini Opera Festival has become an unmissable appointment for music lovers from around the world in the picturesque setting of the city that offers not only cultural attractions.

For the sweet tooth, nothing better than travel to Fano during carnival time. Of ancient origin, the Fano Carnival has at least 3 original elements: the launch, floats, sweets on the crowd, the characteristic "vulon" mask caricature of the characters more in view of the city and the Arabian music band whose instruments are tin cans, caffettie

San Severino

San Severino Marche is a small village located in the province of Macerata, in the Marche region of Italy. Nestled in a beautiful natural environment characterized by rolling hills, about fifty kilometres from the sea, and this turns out to be a very interesting destination even during the summer where you can enjoy not only the beauty scenery in the tranquility of a timeless village, but also to spend a pleasant holiday of Sun and water sports. Of the rest, however, the weather in San Severino Marche denotes a temperate climate even in cold weather, when the main activities are focused on the nearby mountain and discover a wonderful territory.


There is no shortage of cultural and historical attractions, from the testimonies of a past that has its roots in Roman times, to the beautiful churches and medieval and modern architectures. Let's see then what are the things you can't miss if you decide to visit the city, both winter and summer.


The oval square or Piazza del Popolo


Piazza del Popolo, known by most as oval square, is the parlor of the city. The square has a particular elliptical structure, hence the name oval square, which is also the center of the city. Piazza del Popolo has a length of 224 metres and a width of 55, one understands then how peculiar and important not only for the city but for the same province of Macerata. Originally this space, which today is the symbol of the city and one of the main tourist attractions, was intended to accommodate the merchants who found themselves in this area to carry out exchanges of goods during the middle ages. If there arises in the middle of the square and you close your eyes, can still hear echoing the voices of sellers and the turmoil of the market days, an energy that permeated the place and which is still very present.


The centrality and importance of this square is characterized by the presence of numerous noble buildings that over time, began to appear on this scenario. Framed by the porticoes of Piazza del Popolo receives the prestigious town hall with brick façade which makes it easy to distinguish between other architectures. Inside the Palace is not to be missed the modern art gallery where there are currently some works of Philip Baker, an artist and engraver of the 19th century, as well as a collection of paintings by more modern times. Still, overlooking the beautiful square, the building of the theatre Feronia, entitled precisely to the goddess who as recount the tales of tradition, had a wonderfully decorated interior, Septempeda Temple, the ideal place to spend a rainy afternoon, While you can admire the chandeliers, the unique curtain, stalls and three tiers of boxes and a gallery.

The old Castle Tower to mount

When it comes to torre di San Severino you certainly speaks of the imposing municipal Tower of the castle of San Severino. This is located on the Hill named Monte Nero, or Castle, about 342 meters above sea level. The importance of this architecture is given especially by the fact that it is the only surviving monument of military architecture in the country, as well as being one of the oldest buildings in the village, is thought to date back to the 12th or 13th century. The building has a square base and a height of 40 metres, from here we understand its grandeur. The building appeared in several historical documents and is named as turris Comunis or turris, ground, in reference to the Castle Square. The reason for this tower, built next to the Town Hall, is explained by the fact that during the middle ages the town had always near a tower, perhaps to his defense with function of sighting.


SSM-03Sulla top you could access through narrow wooden stairs, to get an idea just think of the most famous towers of Bologna, that connected the various shelves and though were furniture. This characteristic is due to reasons of Defense, to isolate the enemies during an attack and prevent arrived on the upper floors. The functions of this tower, however, were not purely defense, but it was also the place whence a possible alert for some imminent danger, signals that were given by campfires, gunshot, not bandied about or fumes. On the right of the tower you can see a long wall quadrangle, where stand out clearly also of Gothic arches, the garden fence of the cloistered monastery of Santa Chiara. This is what today is still visible of the ancient Consular building, later known as the lordship, now destroyed.

The Old Cathedral

Another building that certainly deserves a visit is the old cathedral. Located on the opposite side of the monastery, preserves the ancient remains of the Patron Saint San Severino. A legend tells that these sacred relics were transported to this place from the tomb of Septempeda, later to the incursions of the Barbarians thanks to miraculous events. Beyond the charming legend, however, the building is interesting from a historical point of view. In fact you can see the different layers that clearly show how this was handled over time. The façade, for example, was rebuilt around the early fourteenth century, following what was the Lombard style which had been imported by the maestri comacini. Inside the Tower an excellent choir which was inlaid by Domenico Guess toward the end of ' 400. Still worth mentioning is the cloister, this renovated towards the end of ' 400. Inside the building you can admire a rich collection of archaeological finds ranging from the Paleolithic to the Roman of Septempeda.

Il Chiostro di San Domenico

Just outside the city walls, stands the Church of San Domenico, widely known for its cloister. Built at the beginning of the 300 on the old building, which already existed, the Church of Santa Maria of the market. The complex was fortified since it lay outside the city walls, and the building was used as a fortress against the city itself during the various occupations. In ' 600 the whole structure was modernized to restore it from severe damage reported in wars. But one of the nicest is inside the bell tower where you will find wonderful frescoes by Pietro da Rimini and Salimbeni. The precious altar by Bernardino di Mariotto is located in the apse. Inside the convent can still be seen Friars ' cells, the refectory and other environments intact as they were back then. Monumental and highly prized the cloister, luster and the pride of the town due to its impressiveness, presents lunettes in ' 600 with the life story of San Domenico.

Other churches of interest

Religious monuments in the city and vicinity, there are so many, it would be good to go, if the matter was of interest, at least a whole day. You should without a doubt from the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Dolio, the oldest of San Severino and that jealously guards the ancient human clearance of Saint Philomena, Sant'Ippolito and San Giustino. It seems, according to the tradition, that the Church was built on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Feronia, where, according to the narrative, were freed slaves who had behaved well. In this condition they were celebrating a pagan ceremony. The current building seems to date back to the ' 300 although over the years has been over and altered several times. In the crypt there are several fragments of the frescoes that depict the cycle of stories of Sant'Andrea, opera by the Salimbeni brothers.


Very nice is also the Church of Saint Joseph, situated on the central square. Unfortunately the Church was not made accessible, in fact has been closed after a large fire that heavily damaged on 31 December 2009. In this church are kept tapestries, paintings and paintings of great value, as well as statues, depicting St. Joseph and child-size and that are carried in procession through the streets of the city on the day of good Friday and the on Easter Sunday.


The new Cathedral

What is called the new Cathedral is a building that is in the same place where, around 1250, a church dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. The church became a Cathedral in 1827. Currently you can see the brick façade which still preserves elements of the ' 400 with late Gothic portal. The altar of the presbytery is made by David Baker, but there are several other items that can be discovered with a thorough visit. Different then are the artworks within the Church, such as the Madonna del Pianto, better known as the Madonna of the goldfinch, Philip Baker, brother David Baker.

Archaeological Park of Septempeda

To the East of the city center is located the archeological park which preserves the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Septempeda, not far from the Church of Santa Maria della Pieve. The city walls on a square base and plant with large blocks of sandstone. Currently you can see the door to the East and the South West. Also a great spa building, whose environments are developed around a large courtyard which still retains parts of flooring. To the East are the remains of a furnace complex craft, probably for the production of terra sigillata vase

G. Moretti Archaeological Museum

The Museum is named after the famous archeologist and been rearranged in the old Episcopal Castle at Mt. The tour winds through different paths. So there is a section devoted to prehistoric times where you can appreciate the different lithic Pascucci collection, plus a section Picena where you can see some graves from the necropolis of Pitino. The whole exhibition is supplemented by information panels that show a reconstruction of the tombs of Piceno. In a video, however, shows all the most significant artifacts that have been found in San Severino Marche and which currently are exposed in Ancona.


There is also an interesting tactile path, a project called the Museum of everyone for everyone. This tactile path is a guide with different designs in relief and braille, explicitly laid out for the blind so they can still learn, at least in part, the ancient findings from the area.

The palio dei Castelli

Among the many events that are organised in the city, definitely not to be missed is the Palio dei Castelli which usually takes place in June. It is an extraordinary historical reenactment, a palio, dipping from the first moment in the magical and charming atmosphere of the middle ages. For the occasion are prepared in restaurants of San Severino typical dishes of the time. The show is not to be missed, a unique opportunity to learn about traditions and customs of a bygone era so far but that in towns like San Severino has left a strong impression. And so you can let it impress by performances of falconers, jugglers and fire eaters, while the smells of food spreads into the cool evening air. And for the next day? If the weather is good all at sea, and the vacation continues on the beaches, between relaxation and entertainment.


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