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    by tim76 Updated Mar 30, 2010

    Piazza della Libertà is the heart of Macerata. It's surrounded by beautiful buildings, such as the Loggia dei Mercanti (1505) and the Palazzo dei Priori (17th century), nowadays the town hall.
    There are two cafés on the square, but when we visited the square was empty and even served as a parking lot in the evening.

    Torre Maggiore Loggia dei Mercanti Palazzo dei Priori
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    by tim76 Updated Nov 16, 2009

    One of the finest palaces in Macerata, Palazzo Mozzi, also known as the Palazzo dei Diamanti, was built in the 16th century.

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    by tim76 Updated Nov 3, 2009

    This church is the smallest basilica in the world. And small it is, as a matter of fact, another building was built around it, spoiling much of the exterior. The reason people come to pray in this chapel is the Madonna of Mercy (15th century) over the altar.
    The chapel is lavishly decorated. I especially liked the frescoes in pastel colours on the vault. They were made by Francesco Mancini in 1737.

    Madonna of Mercy
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Macerata Hotels

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  • Borgo Lanciano Relais Benessere

    Loc. Lanciano 5, Castelraimondo, Macerata, 62022, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Lauri

    Via Tommaso Lauri 6, Macerata, 62100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • I Colli

    Via Roma 149, Macerata, 62100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Albergo Arena

    Vicolo Sferisterio 16

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Arcadia Hotel

    Via Padre Matteo Ricci 134, Macerata, 62100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Claudiani

    Via Ulissi 8, Macerata, 62100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Da Rosa

    Via Armaroli 94, Macerata, 62100, Italy

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Grassetti

    Via Romolo Murri, 1, Macerata, 62014, Italy

    Good for: Families

  • Residence Madison Village

    Via Verga, Macerata, 62100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Macerata Off The Beaten Path

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    by tim76 Updated Mar 1, 2010

    Another beautiful Romanesque church in the Chienti valley, Santa Maria a piè di Chienti was founded by Charlemagne, according to legend. Actually the present church is a bit younger, from 1125. The building is made entirely of brick and is quite bare both from the outside and from the inside.
    The interior has a special charm of its own though, with its alabaster windows. It's divided in an upper and lower church, although the former doesn't start until halfway along. The apse of the upper church is decorated with frescoes from 1447. You'll need to throw a coin in a machine to illuminate them.

    Directions: at Montecosaro Scalo, about 20 km from Macerata. Not far from the SS 485 in the direction of Civitanova Marche. The church is signposted.

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    by tim76 Updated Nov 6, 2009

    A road lined with cypresses leads to this Romanesque church, one of the hidden gems of the Chienti valley. It doesn't look like any other church in the region, leading some historians to believe it was the work of an Arab architect, one Abd Allah ibn Sulaym. Having served as a farm for a long time (grain was stored in the towers), the church is beautifully restored.
    The church has two storeys, connected by stairs in the bell-towers. The portals in marble are well preserved, but both interiors are bare nowadays, except for some small frescoes in the lower church.

    Directions: The church is signposted on the SS 485, about a kilometre after the village of San Claudio (in the direction of Civitanova Marche).

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    by Dayglo Written Jun 24, 2008

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    The National Park

    Sarnano lies 1 kilometre from the Sibillini national park that protects the wildlife and medieval villages in this beautiful stretch of the Apennine Mountains. There are stunning rivers, waterfalls, caves, gorges and lakes within easy reach of the villa plus local information centres where you can find out more about the tracks and trails, the abbeys and monasteries.

    The park tourist site has a wealth of information on the area and the main events and places of interest http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.monti.sibillini/Eindex.html
    Alternatively, purchase a topographical/ walking map of the area at http://www.mapsworldwide.com/sku_12058.htm or at most of the local Tabacchis (newagents)

    Nature

    The Parks Information centres will advise you on where to spot local flora, fauna and wildlife including deer, boar, wildcats, wolves, porcupine, peregrine falcons and golden eagles.

    Activities

    The dramatic landscape, with a highest peak of 2500metres, flower filled plateaux and the rolling hills below, offers an ideal location for walking, cycling, photography, drawing and painting. The Sibillini National Park has organised tours and treks throughout the spring, summer and autumn months and have numerous predefined itineries available http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.monti.sibillini/Eman.html

    The Legend

    This high range within the Apennines was named after the Sibyl, a mysterious prophetess, who was condemned by God to dwell in a mountain cave, with other fairies and demons, until Judgement Day, having rebelled at the news that she had been overlooked as Mother of God, in favour of the Virgin Mary

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Cycling

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