Amandola, Province of Fermo, Marche
The small town is situated in the upper valley of the Tenna river, in a natural amphitheatre dominated by the Sibillini mountains. It is a starting point for trekking itineraries into this impressive natural area, characterised by giant oaks, leech trees, and at higher altitudes chestnut trees, evergreen vegetation and pastures. Ancient traditions in furniture making are still alive here, as well as an authentic cuisine based on mushrooms, black and white truffle, honey, cheese, wine.
- Altitude: 550 m a.s.l
- Population: about 4000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 63021
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0736
- Patron Saint: celebrated on 25th January, Blessed Antonio of Amandola (Antonio Migliorati, born in Amandola on 17 January 1355 - died on 25 January 1450).
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The comune includes the following Frazioni and Localities: Bore, Botundoli, Buzzaccheri, Campo di Masci, Capovalle, Casa Coletta, Casa di Carlo, Casa Innamorati, Casa Paradisi Inferiore, Casa Paradisi Superiore, Casa Tasso, Casalicchio, Cese, Ciaraglia, Colle San Fortunato, Colle Turano, Coriconi, Francalancia, Garulla Superiore, Garulla Inferiore, Le Piane, Marnacchia, Merli, Moglietta, Montane, Paolucci, Paterno, Rustici, Salvi, San Cristoforo, San Ruffino, Scagnoli, Taccarelli, Vena, Verri, Vidoni, Villa Conti, Villa Fiorentina.
The area was inhabited since pre-Roman times by populations of Picenian stock, and later the Romans established here a settlement. The medieval borough became a Universitas (independent commune) in 1248 from the union of the three castles of Leone, Marrabbione and Agello. In the following centuries it came under the rule of the Malatesta, the Sforza and finally the Church State.
What to see
- The Medieval Center, very well preserved with its original architecture, which still has ancient walls, towers and gates, as the Porta di San Giacomo and the Torrione del Podestà (1368)
- The 14th-century Church of Sant'Agostino, where the Blessed Antonio is buried, with a facade and bell tower in the Gothic-Venetian style
- The Romanesque-gothic church of San Francesco, where a 12th-century wooden crucifix is preserved.
- 8 km to the north east the Romanesque Abbey of Saints Ruffino and Vitale, with 3 naves and apses, and a beautiful crypt.
Events and Festivities
- September: International Theatre festival.