Here we are in Montefano, one of the smallest but yet precious villages of our region that, like a steamer on the sea (A. Cristallini), lays down on top of a hill (242 meter above the sea level). During the 540 A.D. some surviving inhabitants of the ancient Veregra (Frate territory) took refuge in this hill: they were the Montefano founders. Thanks to its moderate and temperate climate, Montefano preserves its agricultural tradition that can be observed in the production of high quality wines, of a savory and refined oil and of sweet and excellent honey.
The visitAfter having visited the Veregra park in the outskirts, you can do a short tour looking for some treasures of the village. You can start from the main square where you can admire the old Town Hall from the second half of 16th century, built thanks to Pope Marcellus II who was born in Montefano in 1501; the Collegiata di San Donato (the Saint Donatus Collegiate) from 1768 and the majestic palace of the Carradori Counts from the 16th century. Entering what in a past time were the walls (Montefano used to be a medieval castle), passing the graceful palace of Pallotta counts of the Torre del Parco (lit. Park Tower) and rounding the corner, you will notice the little Chiesa di S. Maria (Holy Mary church) from the 14th century. Inside it there are two ancient paintings: “La Madonna del Rosario” (“Our Lady of the Rosary”) of the 16th century, maybe painted by Antonio Palma or by Jacopo Palma ( Titian’s disciple) and “L’Assunzione della Vergine” (“Assumption of the Vergin”) by Simone de Magistris (1569-1570). After having admired those two masterpieces and having crossed the little square where there is Marcello Cervini’s birthplace, afterwards turned into Pope Marcellus II (1555), you can go to the gardens that the Montefano inhabitants call “da bora”, where you can find the ancient little S.Antonio church dating back to 1336. Now, you can leave the little church behind you, go back to the town centre and cross the Piazza dei Servi di Maria (lit. Servants of Mary little square) where there is the 18th century church and the ex-convent of the Servite Order (1667), today important seat of the Centro Studi Biblici G. Vannucci ( A center experts organize conference and studies about the Holy Bible). The church, built in Baroque style, has a simple facade, with two pillars to both sides of the door overtopped by a tympanum and preserves four apses and a nice walnut choir. You cannot miss visiting the Convent, that host many treasures, neither the interesting Museo di arredi religiosi (lit. Museum of sacred furnishings) of 1600, set up in the cave beneath it, where there are also precious frabrics ( testimony of Marche region embroidery art). After having looked at the Torrione Scarpato (1453) that is one of the last traces of the medieval period, go to via Carradori, where there are the most beautiful and ancient palaces of the town. Among these, the Carradori-Olivi palace, today turned into the town hall. The front door, with a simple façade, is characterized by a molded frame decorated with a square bosses from the 18th century. Particularly suggestive are the warehouses with groin vaults. Steep stairs with a barrel vault brings us in the cave beneath. The first floor is embellished with refined decorations of the ceiling. If you come back to the main square, it is worthy to visit the two most important emblems of the town. In the “Collegiata di S. Donato” (1768) you can admire: the painting “ L’Annunciazione dell’Arcangelo Gabriele” ( “The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel”), by an unknown painter, recently restored (1550-1590), an ancient organ built by an artisan called Giuseppe Fedeli from Rocchetta in 1722, a wooden crucified Christ of 16th century made by an unknown artist and a nice memory for the sacristan: the sound of bells. To end with this beautiful tour, you can admire what is the very jewel of the town: the Rondinella theatre. What surprise the most are cast ironed balustrades that, as they are divided one from the other, make the boxes resemble to many little balconies decorated with ancient merlons. We now are at the end of our short tour to discover some treasures of this wonderful village that during ancient times was called Montis Fani.
Do not missTeatro La Rondinella.
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