Come and explore the historic centre and the artistic beauty of Macerata’s land, let yourself been guided by perfumes, colours and flavours, enjoying the cultural treasures scattered all over our territories as well as the natural resources found in the paths which cut across Macerata’s woods and valleys. Whatever your tastes and interests are, there is an unforgettable journey that awaits you.
In the last years a new idea of what ‘pilgrimage’ is has spread. Thus, lots of pilgrimage routes connecting the most important worship places in Italy and in Europe have been visited again. Nowadays the recovering of the ancient pilgrimage routes is a great opportunity to know the territory and its religious, artistic and cultural best issues.
From Crivelli to Lotto
“The Marches has always been considered a land “to conquer” by Tuscan, Venetian and Umbrian artists, a place unable to generate local prominent personalities and unable to produce an independent and unique style. The arrival in the region of painters like Carlo and Vittore Crivelli and, later, Lorenzo Lotto, has thus been seen as a sort of more or less voluntary exile from bigger and more dynamic towns such as Venice and Rome.
The Province of Macerata has very ancient historical documentations and thanks to archaeological excavations and studies they are now accessible for those who are interested in ancient history.
Fortresses and castles
In the Middle Ages the province of Macerata was a land of knights, ladies and noble families, frequently fighting among themselves Evidence of this glorious past are the fortresses built to defend the territories and the well preserved castles where the visitor will relive their former glory.
Land of theaters
The great passion for music and drama that distinguishes the inhabitants of the province of Macerata has a special expression in the beautiful historical theaters. Made by the best architects of the period the theaters are true jewels of art and refinement and provide an important cultural itinerary.
Since its origins the Province of Macerata’s area hosted a large number of Abbeys, religious institutions tied to Benedictine monasticim and its derivations. San Benedetto from Norcia (480-547) was able to attract those who longed for a hermit life, offering a community life and providing a time for prayers and a time for work and study.
Parks and nature reserves
The province has some areas that for their natural and anthropological value have been placed under protection by Marche Region and the State. These lands have always seen the presence of man that has in part contributed to transform them with his work but, at the same time, they have always maintained their peculiar characteristics from a naturalistic point of view.