On the bank of Chienti river, situated where there has always been an important travel hub, Muccia hosts several archeological findings, splendid 15th century churches and an amazing Franciscan hermitage, peaceful meditation place. Since prehistoric times, Muccia was characterized as a hub of communication routes and a natural crossing and stop point for both little and big travelers. During the Varano family’s lordship, Muccia became important for a system of flour mills from where people could make a living. During this same period, after some robberies, the castle was extended and today it remains a very little part of it. The Castello di Giove (The Jupiter Castle) got totally destroyed, while the Massaprofoglio one, which during those times was an important manor farm, got restored. The first town charter seems to be dated back to the Napoleonic era. We do not have reliable informations about it because of a fire that had destroyed the town archive. The town emblem represents a hand on a burning brazier. The legend states that a roman hero, Muzio Scevola, named this village that, surely, had already been built in a pre-roman era. Archeological excavations have documented a Neolithic settlement, whose findings are hosted in a permanent exhibition at the Archeological Museum of Ancona. It can be thought that, probably, the origin of the name has a lineage from Gente Mutia (lit. Peoples from Mutia)
The visitThe Chiesa di Santa Maria da Varano (lit. Holy Mary from Varano church) rises nearby the churchyard. The title, Santa Maria da Varano, may have an origin connected with the powerful ducal family from Camerino; the beamed roof instead of a dome, as it may be expected considering its style, suggests the building had been constructed during the last period of the Varanos lordship (1539). In Coda di Muccia, in a very pleasant area, there is the Eremo del Beato Rizzerio (Blessed Rizzerio cloister) where you can find the remains of Francis from Assisi’s disciple. The Santa Maria di Col di Venti church was built in the beginning of 16th century where, according to the legend, two german pilgrims had to stop while there were traveling to bring to Rome a table portraying the Lady with the Child; they left the table there, therefore it was built the church you can still admire today.
Do not missThe Santa Maria di Varano church with its interesting architecture; inside it you can find valuable Andrea De Magistris’ works of art.
Comune di Muccia
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