Our province, rich in history and culture, has been home to notable people. People who have distinguished themselves for their knowledge, love of learning and eloquence: poets and writers – Leopardi being the most representative of them all – painters and musicians, as well as jurists, famed missionaries and men who have left their marks on our, and world, history.
(Recanati, June 29, 1798 – Naples, June 14, 1837)
Italian poet, essayist, philosopher, philologist. Born to minor aristocracy in the small town of Recanati, Giacomo Leopardi is among the greatest Italian poets since Dante. By the age of 20 he had mastered Greek and Latin, among other languages and had begun using this huge knowledge to translate many classical works. Leopardi saw suffering as the sole essence and natural order of nature and his genius his painfully modern existential consciousness and frustrated hopes are intensely expressed in his superb lyric poetry. Among the English translations of his works, the following are the best known: Thomson's Essays, Dialogues and Thoughts and Trevelyan's Translations from Leopardi.
(Camerino, February 4, 1892 – Rome, June 9, 1953)
After Pirandello, he is the foremost internationally known Italian playwright. He pursued a legal career, serving as a judge and as librarian of the Ministry of Justice in Rome. Betti is anyway better known as an author and he is considered by many one the greatest Italian playwrights. He wrote three volumes of poetry, three collections of short stories, and 26 plays. In his plays he explores the nature of evil, the existential guilt and the theme of redemption. His best-known play is Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia (first performed 1949) also known in English as Corruption in the Palace of Justice.
(Civitanova Marche, June 6, 1507 – Rome, November 17, 1566)
(Matelica, May 16, 1905, Rome, May 3, 1993)
(Recanati, March 20, 1890 – Rome, November 30, 1957)
-Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
(Sant'Angelo in Pontano 1245, Tolentino, 1305)
(Macerata, October 6, 1552, Beijing, May 11, 1610)
(Macerata, June 5, 1894 – San Polo dei Cavalieri, April 5, 1984)
(San Ginesio, January 14, 1552 – London, June 19, 1608)
(Macerata 1901 - Macerata 1981)
(Macerata, February 25, 1904 – Arco, November 9, 1933)
-Saint Camilla Battista Varano
(Camerino, 9 April, 1458 - Camerino, 31 May 1524)
She was a Poor Clare nun and abbess of a convent founded by her father in Camerino. Stigmatist. Her father was Giulio Cesare, the prince of Camerino. When she was 23, she decided to take the veil in the convent of the Poor Clares at Urbino and then two years later she moved to the Monastery of Santa Maria Nuova at Camerino, which was restored by her father in order to be closer to his daughter. She was beatified by Pope Gregory XVI in 1843. For more details, please see: http://www.clarissecamerino.it