Still enclosed by castle walls brushed by Esino river, the village is organize as a sort of boardwalk that introduce the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele I which, until the top of Pieve, is made of peripheral streets which lead to the districts, each of them having its own little square. If you see Esanatoglia from the top, it seems to be guarded by seven tower bells which go through the main street from Porta Sant’ Andrea to the top of the town, where you go out through Porta Panicale, heading straight for san Pietro valley. For its extended shape, during past times, Esanatoglia used to be called “città filetta” (lit. filetta is a particular form of bread that has an lengthened shape).
The visitYou can start the tour from Porta Sant’Andrea (Saint Andrew Gate), which is the main entrance of castrum, that overlooks Piazza Garibaldi with Sant’Andrea church. If you keep on walking along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, on your right you will see a fortified building, militias seat dating back to the 14th century; on the other hand, on your left you will find the Chiesa di Santa Maria (Holy Mary church) of 13th-14th centuries. You can continue along via B. Bartocci and reach the ex-Cloister and Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena (13th century), seat of Benedictine nuns, now turned into a retirement home; inside there are several and splendid works of art: the choir and the organ made by Baldassarre Malamini from Bologna (16th century). Coming back to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you can continue and visit, on the left, the spring of Borgo or of San Martino (12th century), a very well-functioning structure, the two basins beneath two rounded stoned arches can be distinguished as they are, respectively, one for human beings’ use and the other one for animals’ use. Keeping on walking along the main street, on the right, in via Bescingolo, you can see a medieval house called “Casa delle Tre Porte” (lit. House of Three Doors): the Porta degli Sposi ( The Bride and the Groom’s Door), the Porta della Vita quotidiana (The Daily Life Door) and the Porta della Morte (The Death Door). Walking a bit more you get to Piazza G. Leopardi. The local historiography identified in the current seat of the Town Hall the ancient Villa Varano. The main clue, apart the emblem on the façade, is the presence of a cycle of paintings dating back to the second half of the 15th century with a knightly theme, describing the members of Ducal Family, among the others Giulio Cesare from Varano. You cannot miss the paintings in Bel Vedere loggia of Villa Varano describing a view of the castrum and hunting and hilly scenes. Nearby the Town Hall, in the same building, you can find the San Francesco ex-church, now turned into a town Pinacotheca, where you can admire frescoes of the famous local painter Diotallevi from Angeluccio (1300-1362) of the Fabriano school, and paintings made by friar Francesco Benigni from Pralboiono (1600) of Brescia origins and the San Sebastiano Church which still has interesting canvases of the 17h century. Going back to Porta Panicale you reach Pieve Church dedicated to Santa Anatolia. The current building is the result of several restorations; originally it was probably built, after the roman empire decline, over the basis of a pagan temple. In a latin epigraph, dated 1st century B.C., engraved on a side of the external lateral façade, at the bottom of the 15th century tower bell, we can deduce the Esanatoglia origins: indeed there is the term “AESAE”, indicating an independent village conn a temple dedicated to Jupiter God of the Sky that has to be connected with the denomination of Esino river that brushes the house. We recommend you one of the greatest exponents of Italian futurism, IVO PANNAGGI, Marinetti’s disciple and co-signer, together with Prampolini and Paladini of the “Manifesto dell’Arte Meccanica” (Manifesto of Mechanical Arts); he creates for Zampini manor, private house situated in Piazza Cavour, between 1923 and 1926, the décor of four rooms, two of which, the dining room and the bedroom, are still inside the house, while the radio room got destroyed; on the contrary the antechamber is preserved at the civic Pinacotheca of Macerata.
Do not missTown Hall
Comune di Esanatoglia
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Piazza Leopardi, 1 - 62024