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What to do and see in Macerata

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Macerata is located atop a hill between the valleys of the Potenza and Chienti. Its monuments are concentrated around Freedom Square, including the old Palazzo dei Priori, now the Town Hall and in which are preserved statues and tombstones; the Renaissance Palace of the Prefecture, the church of San Paolo Rossi and the Theatre built in 1700. Monument symbol of the city is the Sferisterio, neoclassical. According to the most famous opera singers it is the open-air theater with the best acoustics in Italy built around 1820. Worthy of note are still the Loggia dei Mercanti, built by Alessandro Farnese, Palace Compagnoni Marefoschi, Buonaccorsi Palace, Ricci Palace home of the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Clock Tower, which offers a panoramic view. In Piazza San Vincenzo Strambi you can admire the church of Our Lady of Mercy, reconstruction of a votive chapel of the ‘400, by Luigi Vanvitelli and not far away, the cathedral, dating from the eleventh century. but completely rebuilt by Cosimo Morelli in the eighteenth century. In the rest of the province you can see the ruins of Helvia Ricin, an ancient Roman city destroyed by the Visigoths and the Abbey of Clairvaux of Fiastra, among the oldest Cistercian abbeys Gothic-Italian, located in the valley of the Chienti. Do not miss a visit to Montecassiano, to admire the Town Hall, the Parish Church of the Assumption, and, nearby, the Romanesque church of San Claudio al Chienti. A Morrovalle there is the International Museum of the Crib with almost 500 nativity scenes from around the world; while in Urbisaglia it is located the Archaeological Park, where the ancient amphitheater is the place most suitable to admire the works of Plautus, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles. The province also has important cultural locations, starting from Recanati, birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi, followed by Tolentino with its church of St. Nicholas, known for its splendid Chapel, decorated with a cycle of frescoes by Giotto school Rimini of the fourteenth-century. Finally, we find in Potenza Picena Villa Giardino Buonaccorsi, with the only example of Italian garden of the ‘700 come down to us intact in every detail.

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