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Macerata Province

A province of the Marche: 2774 square kilometers. Population in 2000: 303,000 in 57 comuni.

[image ALT: A public park with in the foreground, under the shade of a tall fir tree, a small fountain decorated with cherubs, surrounded by geraniums. Across the street behind it, a stuccoed two-story building with a square tower the top story of which has four arched sides. It is a view of the square in front of the cathedral of S. Catervo in Tolentino in the Marche (central Italy).]

The park in front of the cathedral of S. Catervo, in downtown Tolentino.
Pleasant, quiet, green: the province in a nutshell.

During my last few trips to Italy, I've been chipping away at the Maceratese; I started with a few places strung along the railway line from Fabriano to the Adriatic, and have progressed to walking a bit of the center of the province, a very pretty area of gently rolling farmland. My site has some catching up to do, though; only some of the places I've visited are online, and they're represented for now by very small sites:


[image ALT: A tall brick church seen from under some heavy, dark arches. It is a view of the church of S. Paolo, from beneath the arcades of the Palazzo Comunale, in Macerata, a town in the Marche (central Italy).]

[ 7/22/04: 1 page, 1 photo; plus those in my diary ]

The capital Macerata, a large brick town largely built in post-medieval times, offers no extraordinary monument and is thus off the tourist routes, but must be rather nice to live in. This being Italy, don't think for a minute that there's nothing to see, though: churches, walls, museums, and the regionally famous Sferisterio home to a good summer festival.


[image ALT: The upper portion of the façade of a church. It is the basilica of S. Nicola in Tolentino (Marche, central Italy).]

[ 8/16/03: 9 pages, 9 photos; plus those in my diary ]

Tolentino escaped being the capital of the province somehow, but it's probably its best-known town, mostly due to an Augustinian priest who lived and worked in the convent of his order here, led an exemplary life, and after his death became one of the Catholic Church's most widely venerated saints. The town, in turn, built and adorned a great church dedicated to him: it includes some of the most magnificent frescoes in Italy.


[image ALT: Part of a sunny oval piazza with 18c buildings. It is the main square of San Severino Marche, in central Italy.]

[ 5/14/01: 1 page, 1 photo; plus those in my diary ]

S. Severino Marche, about 13 km W of Tolentino, is a very different kind of place, with an attractive main piazza, part of which you see here, and several interesting churches, in particular the abbey of S. Lorenzo in Doliolo.


[image ALT: A long ridge of farmland crowned by a small brick town stretching along the length of it, with several church belfries visible. It is a view of Pollenza in the Marche (central Italy).]

[ 7/23/04: 2 pages, 4 photos; plus those in my diary ]

Pollenza, about 11 km E of Tolentino, is a little brick town perched on a hill: some Roman history and some good views.


[image ALT: An urban scene. On the left a stone wall about 8 meters high, topped by a balustrade, with behind it parts of some formal square buildings; to the right, a tree; in the background a large steepled church with a construction crane towering over it. It is a view of Treia, in the Marche (central Italy).]

[ 10/21/04: 1 page, 1 photo; plus those in my diary ]

Treia, about 18 km NE of Tolentino, is another little brick town perched on a hill, and one that I like a lot — for one thing, its tourist office is on the ball: read all about it; and then there's the Egyptian statues.


[image ALT: An urban scene. zzz. It is a view of Matelica, in the Marche (central Italy).]

[ 6/19/05: 1 page, 1 photo ]

Matelica, some 27 km WNW of Tolentino, is flat — this will be relief for some — and sits on a river at the foot of the Apennines (seen here thru a veil of clouds), and is thoroughly scenic.

The following is a list of the 57 comuni in the province, linked to whatever websites I've been able to find for them — in addition to whatever towns are represented, usually quite well, on the general sites in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page:

Acquacanina • Apiro • Appignano • Belforte del Chienti • Bolognola • Caldarola • Camerino • Camporotondo di Fiastrone • Castelraimondo • Castelsantangelo sul Nera • Cessapalombo • Cingoli • Civitanova Marche • Colmurano • Corridonia • Esanatoglia • Fiastra • Fiordimonte • Fiuminata • Gagliole • Gualdo • Loro Piceno • Macerata • Matelica • Mogliano • Montecassiano • Monte Cavallo • Montecosaro • Montefano • Montelupone • Monte S. Giusto • Monte S. Martino • Morrovalle • Muccia • Penna S. Giovanni • Petriolo • Pievebovigliana • Pieve Torina • Pioraco • Poggio S. Vicino • Pollenza • Porto Recanati • Potenza Picena • Recanati • Ripe S. Ginesio • S. Severino Marche • Sant' Angelo in Pontano • Sarnano • Sefro • Serrapetrona • Serravalle di Chienti • Tolentino • Treia • Urbisaglia (1 — 2) • Ussita • Visso


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