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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.

Info

  • 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

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.

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