This tour is recommended for those who intend to spend at least a day discovering the surroundings of Civitanova Marche. Tourists will be spoiled for choice between the spirituality of the Sanctuary of Loreto, the places associated with Leopardi’s “Canti”, and the art and fashion of Sant’Elpidio a Mare, as well as rare and striking monuments, such as Santa Maria a Pié di Chienti and the Abbey of San Claudio al Chienti in Corridonia.
Departure: Civitanova Marche
Arrival: individual destinations
Duration: 1 day
Level of difficulty: easy
Car parks: individual destinations
Means of arrival: private vehicles
ELENCO DEI MONUMENTI O LUOGHI DELL’ITINERARIO
– Santuario di Loreto (Loreto)
– Palazzo Leopardi (Recanati)
– Pinacoteca Civica “Vittore Crivelli” (Sant’Elpidio a Mare)
– Museo della Calzatura “Cav. Vincenzo Andolfi” (Sant’Elpidio a Mare)
– Santa Maria a Piè di Chienti (Montecosaro)
– Abbazia di San Claudio al Chienti (Corridonia)
Piazza della Madonna, 1
Tel. +39 071 9747155/9747111
Web site: www.santuarioloreto.it
The Sanctuary of Loreto is one of the best-known and most visited pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world. Its history begins on 10 December 1294, with the arrival of the holy house in which the family of the Virgin Mary lived in Nazareth. This precious relic was brought to Italy after the fall of the crusader kingdom in the Holy Land. The interior of the majestic basilica contains the holy house, with the famous statue of the Black Virgin. A precious marble screen designed by Bramante and decorated by various noteworthy artists encloses the House of Nazareth, which stands beneath a high dome. The apsidal part of the building features numerous frescoed chapels dedicated to various countries. The splendid piazza della Madonna is surrounded on two sides by the Renaissance-era Apostolic Palace.
Via G. Leopardi, 14
Tel. +39 071 7573380 – Fax +39 071 7571964
Web site: www.leopardi.it
Palazzo Leopardi in Recanati, where Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) was born and lived until he was 23 years of age, stands in the “piazzuola” (little square) named after one of his famous poems, “Il sabato del villaggio” (“Saturday in the village”).
In front of it are the stables where the family of Teresa Fattorini, later celebrated by the poet as Silvia, once lived. The entire first floor of Palazzo Leopardi is occupied by the library, now open to the public, where Giacomo spent seven years of intense study under the guidance of his father, Monaldo. Visits to other places in Recanati remembered in connection with the poet, such as the nearby Colle dell’Infinito, the cloister with the tower of the lone swallow and the village tower in the square named after him are also of great interest to poetry lovers.
Sant’Elpidio a Mare (FM)
C.so Baccio, 31
Tel. +39 0734 859279
A few kilometres from Civitanova Marche lies Sant’Elpidio a Mare, a town known not just for its monumental and artistic beauty but also for its shoemaking and high quality products by famous designer labels, which represent Italian style throughout the world. The city boasts both a historic and artistic tradition and a well-established footwear production reality. Examples of both can be seen in the unique setting of the former Filippini convent on Corso Baccio, the city’s main street. This is the location of the footwear museum named after “Cavaliere Vincenzo Andolfi”, its main promoter and collector of the most important pieces currently on display in the museum, and of the “Vittore Crivelli” Municipal Picture Gallery, which houses two important polyptychs by the famous 15th-century artist, Vittore Crivelli, as well as works originating from the city’s churches.
Montecosaro Scalo (MC)
V. SS. Annunziata – Borgo Stazione
Tel. +39 0733 865241
Web site: www.santamariapiedichienti.it
A short distance from Civitanova, in the locality of Montecosaro Scalo, stands the ancient abbey of Santa Maria a Pié di Chienti, also known as the Santissima Annunziata. It dates back to 1125 and is one of the best examples of an ecclesiastical building in the Marches Romanesque style. The bare appearance of the facade hides an interior of unusual beauty, with a basilica floor plan, three naves and an upper floor in the presbytery. An ambulatory goes around the lower presbytery, giving rise to the large apse and three minor apses. Along the two sides, above the lateral naves, are the women’s galleries, joined to the upper floor, which is accessed by a staircase on the right. The upper presbytery is decorated with a series of frescos and there is a magnificent view of the outside from the apses. A short detour leads to the hill town of Montecosaro, a municipality of historic and scenic value that is numbered among the most beautiful towns in Italy. The view over the Chienti Valley from the Public Gardens should not be missed.
Contrada S. Claudio, 20
Tel. +39 0733 283260/431832
The medieval abbey of San Claudio al Chienti stands at the end of a long, picturesque avenue lined with cypress trees. The church, with Ravenna-inspired shapes and two characteristic cylindrical towers at the corners of the facade, was built in around 1100 AD n the site of an existing 7th-century building. The interior is divided into two equal floors, the ground floor for the local populace and the upper floor for the bishop of Fermo, with whom the abbey has been linked for over a thousand years. A staircase on the right, added during the 18th century, as was the beautiful upper doorway, joins the two floors of the building. The lower floor, which has a cross vault ceiling, is very attractive. Beside the church is the archbishop’s palace, which today houses a well-known restaurant and hotel, popular for its cuisine and the peacefulness of the area.