It is located at 470 m above sea level, in the middle of a district at the foot of the mountains characterised by the intense green of its meadows, woods and cultivated lands. The urban settlement arose as a combination of small villages just before the 12th century. The municipal territory includes 38 small villages, often located on the top of the hills and surrounded by defensive walls. The territory of Pieve Torina also comprises the Natural Reserve of Torricchio. It was the first protected area within the Marche Region, established in 1977 as a result of a donation: 317 hectares of grazing land, fields and woods populated by badgers, hares, foxes, squirrels and other wild animals. Managed by the University of Camerino, it is now a natural reserve that can only be visited for study purposes.
The visitIn the middle of the town lies the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, dating back to the 13th century. In the 18th century, the church was abandoned and replaced with a neoclassical one. The latter has the entrance on the opposite side, and a façade incorporating the old apse. Alongside stands the 14th century bell tower. Remains of 14th century frescos were recovered inside the church, while others were detached and displayed in the Art Gallery. Noteworthy is the former Church of Sant'Agata, located at the entrance of the town, coming from La Maddalena. This Gothic-style church, still preserving 15th century frescos, used to incorporate a small hospital for pilgrims. Few kilometres away from the town centre, are located the Greek-cross Church of Santa Maria in Caspriano; the enchanting Appennino, small medieval village with its original concentric structure; and the Romitorio of the Saints, with its particular Lombard crypt, built inside a cave. Hosting the Art Gallery since 1985, the 17th century Church of San Giovanni has a wide circular apse, truss roof, and a façade made of a local stone. Some altarpieces from abandoned or destroyed churches are displayed here, including the Madonna with Child, Angels and Saints by Girolamo Andrea De Magistris. Fundamental for the study of the pictorial school of Camerino is a series of frescos of the second half of the 14th century, detached from the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
Do not missThe 15th century Convent of Sant'Agostino now hosts the Museum of Nostra Terra, showing a re-enactment of life and work in the high hills and mountains of the province of Macerata. Over 5,000 objects and tools are displayed here, arranged according a faithful reconstruction of the farmhouse’s typical premises and the countryside’s manufacturing activities. The exhibition is further enriched by an ample collection of photos and printed material. The last tour attraction is the Mill of Fiume, with its 18th century architecture, the pond, the sluice, and the small waterfalls. Still working with its original mechanisms, the Mill offers a lively and important echo of the ancient work of the miller.
Comune di Pieve Torina
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