It is situated in one of the greenest areas of the Marche at 630 m above sea level, east of the mountains dominating the Musone valley. Cingoli is also known as "Balcone delle Marche" ("the balcony of the Marche”) for its breathtaking scenic views and enchanting position: it offers “endless horizons”" as local painter Donatello Stefanucci said about one of his paintings of the town, now kept in the Pinacoteca Comunale. The area is renowned for its healthy climate and it is characterized by a landscape where the man and nature share a harmonious relationship. Cingoli has a noble and important history that is still visible in the ancient buildings of the historical centre.
The visitIn Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II you find the Palazzo Comunale that was erected in the 12th century and then transformed in Renaissance style, and the Torre dell'orologio built in 1482. The basement of Town Hall houses the Museo Archeologico Statale, which shows a rich collection of important finds from prehistoric times to the Roman age. The cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta stands opposite Town Hall. It was erected in the 17th century while the façade, that was begun in 1830, is unfinished. Walking along one of the town’s most characteristic streets, you find the Church of San Filippo Neri, which has a nice Romanesque portal and a Marche Baroque interior. From Via Garibaldi you can reach the Church of San Francesco of the 14th century and from which you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the surrounding areas. Just outside the town walls, there is the Sanctuary of Santa Sperandia who is the second patron saint of the town. Finally, you find the Collegiata of Sant'Esuperanzio, which was founded in the 12th century and is dedicated to the town’s main patron saint. The church is in Romanesque and Gothic style. It has a simple façade in pink and grey stones, a rose window in travertine and a beautiful portal of 1295. The interior, with a central nave, has a raised presbytery and some fresco fragments of the 15th-16th centuries. The crypt, which was rebuilt in 1777, houses the relics of Saint Esuperanzio. The church of San Domenico, which was erected in the 13th century and then renovated in the 18th century, houses the civic museum with some important works of art. Among them, the most important and precious work is the Madonna del Rosario by Lorenzo Lotto, signed and dated 1539. In the civic Library it is possible to visit the Art Gallery dedicated to the local painter Donatello Stefanucci (1896-1987), a few of whose works are shown here. Palazzo Castiglioni displays original furnishings and personal objects that belonged to Pope Pius VIII, who was born in Cingoli in 1761. The Museum of the sidecar shows sidecars ranging from the end of the 19th century until today. They were used for different purposes and some of them belonged to famous people. A few kilometres from the town, Lake Castreccioni, the largest artificial lake in the Marche, offers visitors also the possibility of boat tours.
Do not missThe Madonna del Rosario was commissioned to Lorenzo Lotto in the spring of 1537 by the local Dominican monks for the high altar of their church. It is dated 1539 and signed by the painter. Within the province of Macerata, other works by Lotto can be seen in Recanati, Monte San Giusto and Mogliano.
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