A densely populated town placed in a nice geographic position: Corridonia is situated on the watershed between the Chienti valley and the Cremone valley. It has always had an agricultural tradition and recently it has developed a flourishing industrial activity with lot of SME’s, but it has preserved traces of the past in all its romanic-gothic churches and in the Pinacotheca.
The visitPiazza Filippo Corridoni is the ideal starting point in order to take a cultural walk through the beauties of Corridonia. This “metaphysical square” is one of the most interesting examples of Italian Rationalist architecture. The urban space, where in its inside you can admire the monument of the local hero Filoppo Corridoni, strikes the tourist for the contrast (both chromatic and stylistic) between the ancient buildings overlooking the square and the wide construction made with white travertine built behind the sculpture. It is worth also pointing out the Sala Consiliare (Assembly Room), once named Sala dell’Impero (Empire Room) where, after the renovation, an interesting wall painting re-emerged: it portrays Mussolini riding a horse that steps on a three-headed dragon, commissioned by regime to Guglielmo Ciralantini and ruined by the local antifascists after the Liberation. Passing through Piazza Filippo Corridoni and going to Piazza del Popolo (People’s square) you will be in front of the splendid Persichetti-Ugolini noble house, today intended to host the town Library and the civic Pinacotheca. The collection of town art is kept at the first floor of the palace, where there is also an interesting trompe l’oeil dated 1823. Here you can find several excellent works like la Madonna col Bambino (The Lady with the Child) and SS Giovanni Battista, Girolamo e Maria Maddalena ( St. John the Baptist, Jerome and Mary Magdalene) dated 1563 that it is thought to be painted by Durante Nobili from Caldarola or the Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception) from 1558 by Pompeo Morganti. Moreover it is worth pointing out the rooms dedicated to the local artist Sigismondo Martini and the intriguing The Madonna from Loreto made of plaster and papier-mâché of the 17th -18th century which has, as a support, an ancient wine barrel. Leaving Persichetti-Ugolini Palace and getting lost in the most ancient streets of the town, where you will moved by flavors and feelings that still permeate the air of those places, you finally reach the Filippo Corridoni historic house museum in Via Trincea delle Frasche. Inside it there are important documents, heirlooms, photograpghs and other ogjects related to the involving life of this protagonist of the early 20th century. Just outside the town you can find the wonderful Chiesa di San Claudio al Chienti (St. Claudius to Chienti Church) situated in the archeological area of Pausulae, a roman town. This sacred church (really pecular example of the Italian Romanesque style), one of the most ancient ones in Marche region, was built –according to the tradition- above the ruins of a previous building dating from 5th.6th century. We are, indeed, experiencing “ a singular event, in which the germanic model of the “two-levels chapel” becomes something majestic”, in order to create a double overlying church covered with groin vaults. Through the simple and essential façade of the building (characterized by two cylindrical towers built during the first architectural phase) you enter inside the place of worship which is impregnated with a solemn and grave atmosphere. The Romanesque findings discovered in the surrounding archeological area are also very fascinating: the church keeps them in front of the façade (precisely, at the foot and just before the grand staircase), below the atrium and inside the two churches.
Do not missChiesa di San Claudio al Chienti.
COMUNE DI CORRIDONIA
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Piazza F. Corridoni, 8