It is a very interesting cultural town with beautiful landscapes. It rises in a good panoramic position at 600 meters above the sea level, on top of an overhanging high ground that picturesquely overlooks the Tenna river valley. The first part of its name has, therefore, a very clear origin (Monte means mount in Italian); the second part of it refers to the cult of Saint Martin that was introduced in Italy by the Franks.
The visitWhere once there used to be a medieval fortified castle (13th-15th centuries), today we can see only two towers with a square base and the ruins of a stone gate with an extraordinary and very well conserved “cotto marchigiano” decoration. It still has, in its churches, some excellent artistic testimonies which are the merit of the town. Indeed, inside Chiesa di San Martino (St. Martin Church) there are some extremely important polyptychs. The most famous is that one attributed to Vittore and Carlo Crivelli. Vittore has also done two triptychs kept in the same church; one of them represents the Madonna sitting on the throne between St. Martin and St. Anthony the Abbot. Inside St. Martin Church there is also another extremely important work, a triptych by Girolamo di Giovanni from Camerino, one of the most important exponents of the Camerino school. In Chiesa di Sant’ Agostino (St. Augustine Church), on the other hand, you can find a fresco by Vincenzo Pagani from Monterubbiano. In Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ( Holy Mary of Grace Church) you can find some frescoes painted years later but not less excellent, like “I Misteri del Rosario” (The Mysteries of the Rosary) and “Madonna con Bambino” (Madonna and the Child) from the 15th century by Sebastiano Ricci. The town Pinacotheca hosts a Crocefissione (Crucifixion), oil painted on copper by Guido Reni, and a Madonna con Bambino e Santi (Madonna with Child and Saints), oil painted on canvas from the 16th century by Sebastiano Ghezzi. From the highest point of the town, where public gardens are, you can enjoy the view of a wide and splendid panorama that extends from Sibillini Mounts to the Adriatic Sea with also the verdant Tenna Valley in the middle.
Do not missChiesa di San Martino con pale di Vittore e Carlo Crivelli.
Comune di Monte San Martino
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Piazza XX Settembre, 4