Holidays and Itineraries in Macerata area.
you decide not to brave the mountain detour head north-west from Amandola for Sarnano, a splendid town with an outstanding medieval quarter that refuses to stay on the level. Then begin the journey eastwards towrds the sea. First port of call is San Ginesio, a delightful small town with a strong medieval stamp and breathtaking views of the mountains.
Then make a stop at Urbisaglia to see the remains of Urbs Salvia, the Marche's most impressive Roman ruins. A short drive further on is the atmospheric Fiastra Abbey, a delightful place for a picnic, perhaps.
From here you can either make for Macerata or follow the fast road to the sea and the beach at Civitanova Marche.
In Medieval times, Recanati was an important city and still preserves numerous monuments from the period. The city is famous as the birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi, the poet, who described it as "natio borgo selvaggio".
In tribute to Leopardi, there are the Piazza Leopardi, Palazzo Leopardi, the Leopardian Museum and the National Center for Leopardian Studies, these later have greatly increased the cultural importance of Recanati.
Other places to visit: the Tower del Borgo, Palazzo Comunale, the Beniamino Gigli Art Museum which includes memorabilia of the famous tenor, the Church of St Domenico and the Diocesan Museum.
Within easy reach of Recanati, are the well established seaside resort of Porto Recanati and the Archeological Park of Santa Maria at Potenza.
Events worth seeing include Giugno Recanatese and the Fair of San Vito, the