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There are plenty of things to keep one busy in Camerino.
If you are here on May 18th, you can see the celebrations in honor of the patron saint, San Venanzio. It lasts two weeks, and the city goes into the past to the time when the da Varano family ruled. These religious festivities bring back court life. There's a series of rites, ceremonies, a bonfire in the square, archer competition, foot races, ancient music. Competions between the three division of the city create much excitement.
You can visit Universita di Camerino (1936) with its five divisions: Architecture, Law, Pharmacy, Science & Technology, & Veterinary Medicine. By all means, see Ducal Palace, part of the University.
Visit Piazza Cavour and the statue of Sixtus V its center.
From the Ducal Palace, a spiral staircase goes to the university's Botanical Garden. Also the Porticoed courtyard of Ducal Palace leads to a balcony with splendid views of the Sibillini Mountains.b.
Also in Piazza Cavour is the portico of the Archbishop's Palace which is a Renaissance building where the Diocesan Museum is housed.
Don't forget to see the Cathedral which takes up a side of the square and has lots of great art.
By all means, see the restored Teatro Filippo Marchetti located off the courtyard in Palazzo Comunalle (1856) which has been nicely restored with its traditional "horseshoe with elegant boxes on three levels and a gallery above."
There's also The Convent of San Domenico today houses the Civic Museum and a Museum of Natural Science. It has been restored and today is the home of work from the Camerino School of Painting.
Camerino has several noteworthy churches: Church of San Francesco, Church of San Filippo, Church of Santa Caterina (state archives), Church of Santa Maria in Via, & Church of San Venanzio.
There's plenty to keep anyone busy while visiting Camerino.
Updated Nov 4, 2006
What a nice introduction to Camerino...this lovely garden high on the hill surrounded by a wall and overlooking the countryside.
This public park had a children's playground, some wonderful old buildings, and plenty of park benches. The view of the countryside from here was panoramic.
One: A view of this Garden Area with lovely trees and Flowers. This is public and free.
Two: Ugo Betti Statue and flowers, trees and hedges surrounding it.
Three: Filippo Marchetti, Virtuous Patriot State in Garden with Trees and hedges in the Background.
Four: Allan Walking through the portal of the wall Surrounding Camerino. See beautiful fall foliage beyond him.
Five: Panoramic view of countryside Surrounding Camerino
I figured out that Filippo Marchetti must be importat to Camerino because the Theatre is named after him.
Updated Nov 3, 2006
Be sure to see the "hidden photographs"
Because we had eaten a large lunch in Tolentino, we were not hungry enough to eat a dinner. After walking around Camerino and window shopping, we were more than ready for a gelato. Bar Gelateria Diana looked mighty inviting so we walked in, and to our delight, it was a very charming place. Unlike most other Gelateria's, this one was quite "chic" and ultra modern. Also, unlike other bars in Italy, this one had comfy couches and stuffed benches for relaxing and enjoying a gelato, an expresso, or a drink.
As the photographs indicate, we did, indeed have gelato. They were quite delicious. Allan had a deep, dark chocolate, and I had a chocolate with nuts.
Then, we decided to see if they had any delicious Anisetta Melletti that we had tasted and loved when we were in Ascoli Piceno. Much to our surprise, they did have it. So, we partook of
this marvelous liquer on the rocks. They also had for free little cheese crackers.
This was a pleasant way to end a wonderful afternoon and evening in Camerino.
Favorite Dish: The next morning, we dicided to have our breakfast at Bar Gelateria Diana also.
This time I had a Cappuccino, orange juice, and a roll; Allan had an expresso, orange juice, and a roll. The breakfast was just as delicious as the late-evening snack.
Updated Nov 21, 2006