What to see in Macerata?
We know Macerata like the back of our hands and here we suggest some things to visit Macerata and experiences that you cannot miss once you are here. Capital of the homonymous province of the Marche, the municipality of Macerata boasts one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in 1290. Lying on a wonderful hill, it is a precious city where history and culture come together to give life to a rich center of interesting works of architecture, museums, churches and evidence of a noble past.
Historical / Artistic
One of the most representative monuments of the city is the Sferisterio Arena, designed by Ireneo Aleandri, inaugurated in 1829 and a splendid example of neoclassical architecture, which hosts a prestigious opera season every summer, the Macerata Opera Festival. The Macerata Opera Festival is one of the most important Italian opera performances, and takes place at the Sferisterio in Macerata between the months of July and August.
The Diaz Gardens, built in 1897, are the largest green area in the city, a very pleasant place for children to stroll and play.
Art / Culture
Palazzo Ricci Museum
By accessing the heart of the city from the ancient Porta Montana, you reach the Palazzo Ricci Museum, a landmark of the city for Italian contemporary art of the twentieth century. There are exhibited works by Fontana, De Chirico, Morandi, Balla, Ligabue, Carrà, Guttuso and other Italian futurist artists.
Art / Culture
In the heart of the city rises the eighteenth-century Palazzo Buonaccorsi, now home to the collections of ancient and modern art and the museum of the carriage. The Hall of the Aeneid, a sumptuous eighteenth-century gallery, is the place of representation: the paintings celebrate the deeds of Aeneas, while the vault is frescoed with the mythological Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne in the presence of the Olympians.
Art / History / Culture
Historic center of Macerata
In the historic center there are buildings of considerable value: the Town Hall, with a neoclassical facade on which, in 1952, the image of the Madonna della Misericordia with the inscription Civitas Mariae was placed; the Loggia dei Mercanti, a small Renaissance jewel commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese; the Palazzo della Prefettura, an austere brick building, former residence of the papal legates, characterized by a marble portal from 1509; the Church of San Paolo, built between 1623 and 1655, with a rough facade in terracotta.
Art / History / Culture
The Civic Tower, 64 meters high, houses the reconstruction of an astronomical clock with automata, similar to the one in Venice, built in 1569 by the Ranieri brothers of Reggio Emilia. A machine of extraordinary complexity governs the different functions of the clock: the operation of the music box, the strokes that mark the hours, the bird that makes the small bell ring by hitting it with its beak, the carousel with the angel and the Magi, the advancement of the hand in the hour dial, the movements of the discs of the celestial bodies and of the Dragon. The splendid polychrome dial, in addition to indicating the hours, shows the apparent motions of the celestial vault, the Sun and the Moon and the circuits of the five planets known at the time in which the Ranieri brothers completed their enterprise. This last function makes this device a unique example among the Renaissance tower clocks and can be admired at 12 and 6 pm. It is possible to visit the inside of the tower, see the mechanisms of the different clocks and climb the more than 200 steps. to get to the top, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view. The entrance ticket also allows access to the museums of Palazzo Buonaccorsi and the Sferisterio.
Spirituality / Architecture / Art
Religious architecture in Macerata
The main sites of religious architecture include the Duomo, built in 1771-90 on a project by Cosimo Morelli on the site of a previous church; the nearby Basilica della Misericordia, rich in precious stuccos and marbles; the Church of Santa Maria delle Vergini, a Bramante-style temple, which houses an “Epiphany” by Tintoretto.
In the squares you can find dozens of clubs, the alleys are teeming with restaurants and bistros, cinemas and avant-garde theaters. And then there is that marvel that is the Sferisterio, a neoclassical stadium in the shape of an arch, transformed into a temple of opera. If you know how to observe well you will find hidden corners, secret passages and cozy courtyards that will reward you with enchanting views. Glide between the piagge (wide stairways originally used for horses), climb and descend without stopping between Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Mazzini, the two epicenters of the city, and, before you even realize it, Macerata will have bewitched you. p>
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