It is a city of art, among the most famous and visited ones of Marche region, situated in a strategic position in Chienti valley at 228 meters above the sea level and during past times it was also a roman municipium. Earlier on times it was under the Picentes domain (as an evidence we have the several necropolises found in this area), then, afterwards turned into a free municipality and became a flourishing town during the Middle Age thanks to commercial and manufacturing activities. It has always been proud of its municipal independence and during all this time it has managed to preserve its vitality and charm up to the modern age with its intense economic development and its cultural vivacity. Tolentino deserves to be in every “traveler’s agenda”, for those tourists who look for hidden and unknown places.
The visitThe most evocative entrance to the town is that one which makes us cross the Chienti river on the Ponte del Diavolo (lit. the Devil Bridge), built in only one night in 1268, according to what the legend states. Through the Porta del Ponte (lit. Bridge Gate) you enter the ancient part of the town, walking along via San Nicola. The Sanctuary dedicated to Saint Nicholas has always been the primary element of the economic and cultural luck of Tolentino; it is an important stop-over along the via Lauretana, a religious place and also a pilgrimage destination. Today the building has a monumental shape, enriched with a majestic marble portal made by Nanni di Bartolo ( 1432-1435) and with a sumptuous inside that has a splendid coffered ceiling (1605-1628). The 14th century great chapel, a former sacristy and oratory, is entirely covered by frescoes made by the Rimini school and it is a huge homage to the thaumaturge saint. If you walk along corso Garibaldi you will reach the cattedrale di San Catervo (Saint Catervus cathedral), neoclassical remake of the ancient Benedictine church founded during the 9th century. Inside the cathedral there is the Flavius Iulius Catervus’ sarcophagus of the 7th century. On piazza della Libertà (lit. Freedom square), where you can see the Torre degli Orologi (lit. Clocks Tower), symbol of the town, there are the Town Hall and, on the opposite side, the 16th century Sangallo Palace, originally by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane. From the square, you can reach the gothic San Francesco (Saint Francis) church and the Mauruzi square nearby, where you can admire an elegant renaissance palace traditionally identified with the leader’s house. After having left the town, you can’t miss visiting the Rancia castle which hosts the “Aristide Gentiloni Silverj” Archeological civic museum and which keeps intact its original structure (here in May 1815 there was an important battle between the Gioacchino Murat’s army, who was king of Naples, and the general Bianchi’s Austrian army, called the Battle of Tolentino, considered the first battle of Italian independence). You can end this tour, which is the perfect synthesis of faith, architecture and nature, visiting the Abbey of Chiaravalle di Fiastra (about 1142).
Do not missBasilica di San Nicola
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