Church of St. Filippo Neri

The 18th-century façade was recently restored, and the Baroque interior is characterised by a single nave. The high altar is made of wood with a pure gold veiling, as are the decorations of the choirs and the pulpit. The painting of the Estasi di San Filippo (‘The Ecstasy of St. Philip’) was executedby Pier Simone […]

Church of St. Anna

Originally built in the 15th century, it was later rebuilt in the 18th century. Inside is preserved a faithful reproduction of the Holy House of Loreto, as it was before the fire of 1921, and a very old image of the Madonna. More info? Click here:

Church of St. Agostino

The Gothic-style building dates back to the 13th century and, despite renovations, it still retains the arches of the long windows, now closed, with elegant terracotta decorations. The portal in Istrian stone was executed by Giovanni di Fiandra to a design by Giuliano da Majano (1485), while the interior was redone at the end of […]

Church of St. Maria in Montemorello

Built in the second half of the 16th century by brothers Pier Niccolò and Orazio Leopardi over an ancient church, it is linked to the Leopardi family. The baptismal font in the presbytery was used to baptise Giacomo Leopardi on 30 June 1798. An ancient painting representing the Blessed Virgin has been placed on the […]

St. Flaviano Cathedral

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The church, with the adjoining Palazzo Vescovile (Bishop’s Palace) and prisons, has a long history of construction and reconstruction from the beginning of the 12th century. An interesting feature of the building is the absence of a façade, which was incorporated into the new Episcope built in the 17th century. This is why the main […]

Garden on the Colle dell’Infinito

This is the garden of the ancient Monastery of St. Stefano, reopened in 2019 after a long restoration. Besides trees, vegetables and flowers, it is still possible to enjoy the exceptional view that influenced Leopardi in writing the verses of his poem “L’Infinito”. More info? Click here:

Villa Beniamino Gigli in Montatrice

The white villa was designed by the tenor’s brother Catervo and architect Florestano di Fausto. It is a true Art Nouveau villa with about 60 rooms, some of which are very sumptuous such as the hall, the ballroom, the liturgical choir and the gallery. There are more than 20 bathrooms and, among them, the one […]

City bastions

The cylindrical towers were erected in the first half of the 15th century, at the time of the Sforza family. At the base of the bastions lies the area of the ancient “gioco del pallone” (“the game of the ball and the bracelet”), where Carlo Didimi played and won. In 1821, Giacomo Leopardi even dedicated […]

Town Hall – “G. Leopardi” Square

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The Town Hall was built at the end of the 19th century, in neoclassical style, on the occasion of the first centenary of the birth of Giacomo Leopardi. Particularly interesting inside the Town Hall are the Sala di Rappresentanza (“State Room”), the Sala degli Stemmi (“Coat of Arms Room”) and the Aula Consiliare (“Council Chamber”). […]

Former Gigli House

On 20 March 1890, the famous tenor from Recanati, Beniamino Gigli, one of the most celebrated opera singers of the 20th century, was born here in this splendid 17th-century stately home. The youngest of six children of Domenico, a shoemaker and cathedral bell ringer, and Ester Magnaterra, Beniamino showed great drive for singing from a […]

Palazzo Benedettucci

This historical building is characterised by 18th-century windows placed under the arches of the façade, and a portal that dates back to the 17th century. The ‘Padre Clemente Beneddettucci’ Library is located here and it houses over 45,000 volumes, incunabula, manuscripts, rare and precious prints that refer exclusively to music. Scores from the band repertoire, […]

Palazzo Venieri

The building was commissioned by Cardinal Venieri based on a design by Giuliano da Majano; located on the highest point of the city’s historic centre, it was conceived both as a residence and an urban castle. In August 1497, the death of the cardinal put the building on hold, and works only resumed with the […]

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Mama’s tips:

“Li Vurgacci” – This path, which winds through wooden bridges and footbridges, combines the beauty of nature with its proximity to the old town centre. It begins where the waters of the Potenza River cross Pioraco, in the place where a series of waterfalls, vortexes, pits and gorges, created from years and years of erosion, come to life, almost if by magic. Here there are also some rest areas where you can stop for a nice picnic.

Paper and Watermark Museum – Here you can have a rare experience, which consists in observing the hand-made creation of sheets of paper by the gualchiera, which will also allow you to witness the incredible use of tools and techniques typical of the 14th century.

River shrimp festival – In August, do not miss this event with food stands open for lunch and dinner, which pays tribute to one of the most incredible delicacies of the territory
– a crustacean of unique sweetness and flavour.

Souvenirs – Are you looking for a souvenir that will allow you to relive the town’s spirit? Then you have to buy one of the incredible filigree paper artifacts produced in the extraordinary Gualchiera Prolaquense.


Mama’s tips:

So much to do! – The main events of the town are the Italian Regularity Championship for Vintage Motorcycles (an Italian Classic Car Race Event, in June), “Città del Miele” (lit. “City of Honey”, in July), Festa della Montagna (Mountain Festival, in July), the Sagra degli Arrosticini (Arrosticini Food Festival), “Giornata Bandiera Arancione del TCI” (Orange Flag Day, in October) and Sagra della Castagna (Chestnut Festival, in October).

Green break – Are you ready to get lost among many trails, the conservation area of Polverina and Lake Boccafornace? The natural beauties of this territory will leave you speechless!

Enjoy! – The local cheeses, honey, chestnuts, legumes, beef, lamb, Varnelli liquors, trout and freshwater fish will enrich your table with unforgettable moments!

Rebirth – The community of this town rich in art and history is tenacious and eager to make you fall in love with the natural beauty offered by their territory.

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