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HISTORY AND CULTURE
Not far from the hotel there are various medieval centres, which are very interesting from an historical and artistic point of view:
- Villa Buonaccorsi is in Potenza Picena and dates back to the sixteenth century. The real jewel of the villa is the enchanting eighteenth century garden. It has an Italian style. It is the only one which has been preserved; it is dived into five terraces which are united by a large central staircase and protected by a small thick forest. The painting of canvas of Martino e Rocco (1584) of Simone de Magistris is exposed in the palace of the municipality of Potenza Picena.
- Loreto, well-known for the Basilica, which represents one of the most important buildings in Italy, which belong both to the Gothic and the Renaissance period.
- Recanati, home town of Giacomo Leopardi (Museo Casa Leopardi, il Colle dell’Infinito, la Torre del Passero solitario) and Beniamino Gigli (Municipal Museum Beniamino Gigli). The Museum Villa Colloredo Mels preserves l’Annunciazione by Lorenzo Lotto, one of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.
- Macerata: rich of Renaissance and Baroque buildings, for example Palazzo Buonaccorsi and its Museo della Carrozza, Museo Palazzo Ricci, where there are the most important Italian artists of the twentieth century, for example De Chirico and Ligabue. L’Arena Sferisterio is the seat of the lyric season of Macerata Opera Festival.
- The most beautiful Italian small villages: there are 19 municipalities in the Marche Region, which have gained that award; half of those belong to the province of Macerata: Montelupone, Montecassiano, Treia, Montecosaro, Cingoli, Visso, San Ginesio, Sarnano, Esanatoglia. In these typical villages it is still possible to see the traditions and the taste of the Marche Region.Other villages you can visit a few kilometres from the hotel are Castelfidardo (the town of the Accordion), Appignano (famous for its pottery), Osimo (which used to be a roman province) and Camerano (the “underground town”). “Le Marche Terra dei Teatri” is a way of saying that this region is rich of buildings and theatres.The province of Macerata itself is rich of them: 22 historical theatres, most of them are restored and working. We give a list of some of those, which are not far from the hotel:
- Teatro Bruno Mugellini – Potenza Picena, 1863
- Teatro Nicola degli Angeli- Montelupone, 1898
- Teatro Giuseppe Persiani- Recanati, 1840
- Arena Sferisterio- Macerata, 1829
- Teatro Annibal Caro- Civiatnova Marche, 1872
- Teatro Comunale- Montecosaro, 1881
- Fortresses and Castles: the landscape of the province of Macerata is rich of various fortifications, fortresses, towers and castles, which witness the rich medieval history of the area. They were initially built to defend the several Municipalities, which were born between the twelfth and the thirteenth century. Afterwards these fortalices have become private noble residences, public places, and in some cases, museums. By visiting these places, you will go back to the history which goes from the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century and you will discover enchanting military architectures, noble houses and wonderful small villages. They have stayed intact. Castello Pallotta di Caldarola, Castello della Rancia di Tolentino, Rocca dei Varano di Camerino, are some examples of these. One hour drive from the hotel, you can find Urbino (it is in the north and is UNESCO world heritage) and Gradara (one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, which has become famous for the tragic love between Paolo and Francesca, described by Dante Alighieri in the Divina Commedia…”Amor, ch’a nulla amato amor perdona…”), Ascoli Piceno (it is in the south; it is a Renaissance town, which was almost completely built in travertine. Its main square, Piazza del Popolo, is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Italy) and Offida (one of the most charming small villages in Italy).