Reaching Montecosaro for the first time is like diving into the past: you will find peace and calm that seem to belong to that era. As soon you enter the town on tiptoe, like as if in a forgotten fairytale, you will fall in love with the beauty of portals, bell towers, small windows, courtyards, little squares and archs. Montecosaro is a classic and ancient town situated on top of a hill as Marche region tradition wants, with a 360-degree view of hills, countrysides, up to the sea, so that during sunny days it is possible to see the Conero Park, the only one projection on the Adriatic Sea from Trieste to the Gargano; on the other side you can see the Monti Sibillini Park, rich in forests and legends. Recently, Montecosaro has joined the “I Borghi più belli d’Italia” (The most beautiful villages of Italy) Club: a big reward for the commitment in enhancing the historical, artistic and architectural heritage of Montecosaro.
The visitMontecosaro is a little castle that, with the top of the hill, seems pointing the sky. Fragments of roman ruins, among which tombs and headstones, suggest the visitor a very ancient origin. But during the Middle Age, about the year 100, the urban centre all around the San Lorenzo parish church. The entire village is surrounded by well preserved town walls, but of all the ancient medieval gates, what is left is only Porta San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Gate), that opens eastward and it is the main gateway to the village and the only one from the end of the 19th century. In the evocative context of Marinozzi palace ( architectural construction built all around the Porta San Lorenzo) a museum space entitled “Cinema a pennello” is available. It is the only one permanent national exposition of original sketches painted for posters of movies that have made the global cinematographic history. Reaching Piazza Trieste (Trieste square) you will find the 19th century Delle Logge town Theatre, a flagship model in style and architecture which presents a horseshoe-shaped plant without gods. The San Lorenzo Collegiate Church overlooks the square too: it took the present form in 1723 after a general renovation. On the opposite side of the square there is the C.A.M.- Complesso Agostiniano di Montecosaro- ( Augustinian Buildings of Montecosaro) founded by St. Augustine, built during the half of 13th century -the today town hall- and by the Pinacotheca that hosts a permanent exhibition of De Chirico and Maccari. But you can’t miss the last stop: the Cassero garden, and ancient fortress without any trace of towers, from where the tourist eyes can stretch in the distance among parts of sea and hills enlightened by sunflowers. Just outside the town walls going to the Chienti Valley, you can meet the octagonal Chiesa di San Rocco (St. Roch Church) from 1447 that still has important frescoes by Simone De Magistris.
Do not missMontecosaro downtown is just few kilometers away from the new settlement of Montecosaro Scalo enriched by trade and industrial activities. It is as well the treasure chest of “Santa Maria a piè di Chienti”, a valuable romanic church, that represents a distinctive feature for both first time visitors and citizens. The first historical data go back to 956 a.C., but it seems it has existed since the Lombard period. Two inscriptions testify that most of the current structure was built on Agenolfo Abbot’s will and consecrated in 1125. The outside face apse represents the most interesting part, thanks to the complex small apses that enrich the whole. The inside part is constituted by two overlapping levels, with a matroneum, a trussed ceiling and small windows in alabaster. The three naves are in Lombard style with arches divided by lesene (pilaster strips), while the apse is perfect Burgundian style.
Proloco di Montecosaro
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