Located in a strategic spot between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini Mountains, Macerata is the ideal place for experiencing Italian-style slow living, savouring the traditional dishes and genuine hospitality of the Marches region.
Macerata is rich with art as well as the site of an important university. The ancient capital of a papal province, the city is surrounded by stunning countryside and charming small towns. Montecassiano, named one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, and the graceful and highly cultured small towns of Camerino and Tolentino are just a few. Such fascinating destinations are also home to the artistic masterpieces of Crivelli, Pomarancio and many others.
An opera centre, Macerata hosts one of the most important international festivals and has become a pilgrimage spot for true aficionados of this classical music genre. The devastating 2016 earthquake damaged some of province’s artistic treasures but the community spirit remains intact in these destinations where nature and culture are enhanced through a sophisticated and organized hospitality. The present and past go hand in hand, toasting their future with a fresh Verdicchio di Matelica DOC.
Ramble around the 100-hectare forest of the Fiastra Abbey Nature Reserve where you’ll find the picturesque Cistercense Abbey
Marvel at Basilica of San Nicola in Tolentino before hitting the shops
Visit Camerino, a refined small town that’s home to an ancient university
Wander in the enchanting Valle del Chienti past the abbeys and monasteries scattered among the gently rolling hills
Gawk in amazement at the moving planetary clock on Macerata’s civic tower
Relish the magical atmosphere at the Sferisterio, Macerata’s temple to opera
Soak up the crystal-blue waters of Civitanova Marche, a seaside city best discovered on two wheels along the many bike lanes
Discover in the Macerata province some of Italy’s most beautiful villages – Matelica, Montecassiano, Treia, San Severino Marche
Stroll among the ancient beech trees in the magical Canfaito woods
Check out Urbisaglia’s incredible archaeological park