Monte San Giusto is a town with 7300 inhabitants, situated halfway between Macerata and Civitanova Marche, on those hills that overlook the Chienti river valley, which is 236 meters above the sea level. In Monte San Giusto economy is mostly represented by footwear industry and craftsmanship. The town artisans, known for their diligence and great entrepreneurial skills, provide high quality footwear in Italy and abroad. It is not easy establishing the origin of this business, maybe we should date back to trade and manufacturing businesses of leather that was imported in our territory by Jewish people. The footwear development takes place above all during the fifties and sixties when those small artisan shops turned into SME’s. You can find several retail outlets inside all the factories.
The visitGoing through the Chienti valley, from the Adriatic Sea to the Appennini Mounts, not far from Trodica di Morrovalle, to its left and on the top of a hill the tourist can see Monte San Giusto. When you reach the town, you enter the old town through Porta Romana (Roman Gate) and if you go straight on you can get out through Porta Mosè (Moses Gate), taking therefore a part of the former Firmum-Pausulae (today turned into country road) that used to pass inside the town. Along this route, the old town begins with the splendid ancient square built in 1500 thanks to Bonafede, demolishing the several houses all around in order to bring his Palazzo Fortezza (Fortress Palace) out, whose majestic façade faces the Priori Palace arcade; here, at the top floor you can find the Collezione Maggiori Museum (ancient drawings from 1500 to 1700) and the Cantalamessa Fund. From the square, along via Tolomei there is the Chiesa Santa Maria della Pietà (Holy Merciful Mary Church), Bonafede’s mausoleum, that preserves the wonderful Lorenzo Lotto’s Altarpiece “La Corcefissione” (The Crucifixion), worldwide identified as the artist’s masterpiece. Right through, at Porta Mosè, on the left you can go up on the top of the town, to the ancient Saint Augustine building that rises where there used to be the first encastellation after the year 1000, as testified by one of the streets that enter it, still called Monte Reale. Going further you can find the Porta della Sala (Sala Gate), the last one of the three gates that formerly used to close the town walls, today incorporated with the surrounding houses. The old town is nice in every single part of it: the narrow alleys called “gabbe”, the Collegiata (the Collegiate Church), the squares, the corners and walking through it is a very singular experience.
Do not missCrocefissione, pala di Lorenzo Lotto.
Comune di Monte San Giusto
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