Macerata, Province of Macerata, Marche
Macerata is the capital of its province, consists of an old town situated on a hill between the Chiente and Potenza rivers and a modern town, sprawling on the plain below, with an elevator connecting the two towns. It is the seat of an ancient university, founded in 1540. It also has a great opera tradition.
- Altitude: 315 m a.s.l
- Population: about 43000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 62100
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0733
- Patron Saint: St. Giuliano, celebrated on 31st August
- Frazioni & Localities: Cimarella, Corridonia Stazione, Madonna del Monte, Montanello, Piediripa, Santa Maria del Monte, Santo Stefano, Scuola Agraria, Sforzacosta, Villa Potenza
- GPS Coordinates: 43°18'0"N - 13°27'0"E
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What to see
- In the central Piazza della Libertà, the Renaissance Loggia dei Mercanti with two-tier arcades.
- The Sferisterio amphitheatre - a huge neoclassical arena erected in the 1820s as a stadium for handball, with such a wide orchestra pit that musicians at each end cannot hear each other.
- The Palazzo Ricci, hosting a museum and art gallery with masterpieces as the Madonna and Child by Carlo Crivelli
- The Museo delle Carrozze, a peculiar collection of carriages of different times and places
- at Villa Potenza, the remains of ancient Helvia Ricina, a Roman settlement destroyed by the Visigoths.
- South of the town, the Romanesque church of San Claudio al Chienti.
Events and Festivities
- In July an Opera festival is held in the 7,000 seat Sferisterio.
- 31 August, the feast of patron San Giuliano.