Potenza Picena is situated on a hill at 237 meter above the sea level. It is an art and seaside town and it is characterized by an hill territory that slides to the Adriatic Sea where there is Porto Potenza Picena. If we take into consideration also the two villages nearby, San Girio and Montecanepino, the town has more than 15.000 inhabitants. It is situated in the centre of Marche region and connected to the most important Italian places thanks to the A14 motorway and the Adriatica railway. If you go to the seaside part of the town, today there is very well equipped beach properties, with one of the most nice beaches of the region. The town offers to the tourist modern infrastructures able to satisfy any needs: restaurants, hotels, health spas, beach resorts, agritourism, B&Bs, seaside campsites, camper area, discos, nightclubs, sport facilities and also a marina, obtained from an artificial lake and connected to the sea. There is, moreover, a bicycle path that links the town centre to the ponds park. Tourist accommodations, concerts, events, environment care have allowed Potenza Picena to win the Bandiera Blu, the Tre Vele di Legambiente and the Bandiera Verde rewards.
The visitIf you want to do a complete tour, we suggest you to start from Porto Potenza and, to be more precise, from the 16th century square Tower (fortress risen in order to defend the coast from Saracenic attacks) that was built where once used to be Sacrata, a roman colony. To the right of the tower you will find the romanesque-gothic Chiesa di Sant’Anna (Saint Anne church); going to Potenza Picena, you will fine S. Lorenzo church at Frati Cappuccini Convent (Capuchin Franciscans Convent), where you can admire the De Magistris’ altarpiece “Deposizione” (“The Entombment of Christ”) dated 1576. On the opposite side of the town there is another De Magistris’ work, “Madonna con Bambino” (The Lady and the Child) dated 1576. After that you can reach the old town of Potenza Picena. In Piazza Matteotti (Matteotti Square), where there are Podestà Palace and the Torre Civica ( Civic Tower), you can also visit the “Bruno Mugellini” Theatre, inaugurated in 1862, and the Sala Giunta (lit. Council Hall) which hosts paintings made by De Magistris, Giaquinto and Biancolini, once hosted in the ex Pinacotheca. Later on you can keep on walking to “F. Scarfiotti” concert hall (which has an organ made by Giovanni Fedeli in 1757), the Fototeca Comunale ( the town photographic archive) at the S. Caterina ex church; you can also visit the Cappella dei Contadini (lit. Farmers’ Chapel) and the Chiesa Collegiata ( Collegiate Church). The tour end visiting S. Francesco Church and stopping admiring the splendid the Pincio view, considered one of the most evocative belvederes of the region.
Do not missA few kilometers far from Porto Potenza Picena, going to Montecanepino, there is the 16th century Villa Buonaccorsi. The most beautiful part of this villa is the Italian styled 18th century garden, divided in five ledges, united by a huge central staircase and protected by a thicket. You can admire rare plants, fountains, waterworks, recesses, obelisks representing human figures and bizarre and mythological depictions made by Venetian School. The Villa is visited by lots of tourists and during the summer you can go there and watch plays and music performances.
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