Fiastra, Province of Macerata, Marche
Situated in the Sibillini Mountains Natural Park, in the upper valley of the Fiastrone river, the commune takes its name from the Fiastra Lake, a jewel amid the mountains, a favourite location for water sports and fishing. The commune is actually a group of small hamlets, with the town hall at Trebbio.
- Population: about 600 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 62035
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0737
- Patron Saint: St. Paolo, celebrated on 25th January
- Frazioni & Localities: Biselli, Bolognesi, Campobonomo, Cicconi, Colle, Collemese, Collesanto, Collevecchio, Colli, Fiegni, Fossa, Paninventre, Podalla, Polverina, Ruffella, San Lorenzo al Lago, San Lorenzo in Colpolina, San Marco, Sant'Ilario, Trebbio
- GPS Coordinates: 43°2'0"N - 13°9'0"E
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Already settled in Neolithic times, in the Middle Ages was first under the Magalotti and later the da Varano families; from 1545 it was included in the Church State, to be finally annexed into the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.
What to see
- The Romanesque church of San Paolo, preserving a multi-coloured wooden group of the 16th century;
- The church of San Lorenzo al Lago preserving fine 13th-century frescoes;
- The ruins of the walls and threee towers of the 14th-century Magalotti Castle;
- The canyon Gole del Fiastrone, among the most spectacular, wild landscapes in the Apennines, where Karst erosion created natural sculptures of astounding beauty;
- The small mountain church of San Marco in Colpolina;
- The Santuario Santa Maria di Chiaravalle di Fiastra, in the territory of Tolentino, among the most important examples of Cistercian architecture in Marche, dated to the 12th century AD.