TOUR NAME: Discovering Macerata
DURATION: 1 day
INTRODUCTION. Macerata was rebuilt in the Medieval Ages (12th Century) on the top of the hill between the Potenza and Chienti rivers, after the desctruction of the Roman downstream city called Helvia Recina. You can see the ruins of Helvia Recina in the archeological area called Villa Potenza.
(skyline from Macerata)
Piazza della Libertà, built in the Reinassance, is the main square of Macerata. It hosts the Theatre Lauro Rossi, the Town Hall, the University and the Loggetta dei Mercanti, that is to say a graceful two-tier arcades loggia. The Loggetta was commissioned by the cardinal Alessandro Farnese when he was in Macerata at the beginning of the 16th Century (later Farnese became Pope Paul III).
(Loggetta dei Mercanti)
(Theatre Lauro Rossi)
ITINERARY. The itinerary is composed of a morning tour called “Crossing Macerata: churches and squares”, and an afternoon tour called “Crossing Macerata: museums and theatres”.
(Visitors can buy the complete itinerary or also a single tour).
MORNING TOUR: Meeting point in Piazza Garibaldi. The guide walks to Piazza della Libertà showing the most important laic buildings (Palazzo Torri, Palazzo Lauri, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Palazzo degli Studi, Palazzo Compagnoni-Marefoschi) and the many churches of the old town (Church of San Giovanni, Church of San Filippo, Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia, Cathedral). The tour ends in Piazza della Libertà.
AFTERNOON: Meeting point in Piazza della Libertà. Visit of the Theatre Lauro Rossi (18th century, built by Cosimo Morelli). Visit of Palazzo Buonaccorsi, that hosts the Carriage Museum and the Art Gallery. The itinerary ends with the visit of the Sferisterio, a magnificent open-air theatre built in 1829 by Ireneo Aleandri.
(the Cathedral facade)
(inside the Cathedral)
(inside Arena Sferisterio)
(inside Palazzo Buonaccorsi)
80 EUR for group up to 5 people, 110 EUR for group up to 20 people.
The tour includes an English or Italian speaking guide.
Not included: tickets for Palazzo Buonaccorsi and Sfersisterio.
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