Macerata and the Sferisterio

Piazza della Libertà, 3 - Macerata (MC)
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Macerata is known across the world for its annual open-air opera festival, taking place in its open-air Arena Sferisterio - a neo-classical arena erected by private subscription in the 1820's. Its centre was almost entirely built between the 16th and 19th centuries. The Renaissance two-tiered arcades of the Loggia dei Mercanti on central Piazza della Liberta' is the town's most striking piece of architecture. The best of the city's palaces line Corso Matteotti, the road that leaves the square at the side of the Loggia, while Corso della Repubblica leads to Piazza Vittorio Veneto where stands Palazzo Ricci, which houses a collection of twentieth century Italian art.
The Palazzo Buonaccorsi was built in 1700–1720 thanks to Raimondo Buonaccorsi and his son Cardinal Simone Buonaccorsi using designs by Giovanni Battista Contini. The piano nobile is known for the Sala dell'Eneide, decorated with the most impressive frescoes by Rambaldi, Dardani, Solimena and canvases by Garzi and Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole. The building also houses the Museo delle Carrozze, where fine carriagies can be admired. The cathedral was built in Neoclassical style in 1771–1790; it has the remains of a 15th century Gothic bell tower. Macerata boasts a very old University, which was founded in 1290.  In the historic center there are nice buildings : the Town Hall, the neoclassical facade on which it was placed, in 1952, the image of Our Lady of Mercy with the inscription Civitas Mariae;  the Church of San Paolo, built between between 1623 and 1655; the 64 meters high Civic Tower, from whose terrace you can enjoy a panorama that sweeps from the Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic Sea; the eighteenth-century Teatro Lauro Rossi, the  nearby Basilica of Mercy, full of stuccos and marble; the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, boasting an "Epiphany" by Tintoretto. 
The most typical dish is  vincisgrassi, a sort of baked lasagna. The ingredients of the original recipe are: ham, truffles, parmesan and a sauce of milk and flour. The main events taking place in Macerata during the year are: the Macerata Opera Festival (July / August) and the Feast of the Patron San Giuliano (August).


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Discover the attraction Macerata - Lauro Rossi Theatre

Macerata - Lauro Rossi Theatre

The commission to design the present theatre in Macerata was given in 1769 to the Cosimo Morelli, and he managed to adapt Bibiena’s design to the...

Discover the attraction Macerata- The Civic Tower

Macerata- The Civic Tower

The Civic Tower is 64 metres high and is one of the symbols of Macerata. It’s also one of the best preserved works of art of this type in the Marche. From...

Discover the attraction Macerata - The Sferisterio

Macerata - The Sferisterio

Designed in Neoclassical style by Ireneo Aleandri, the Sferisterio is an open air stadium erected by private subscription in the 1820's originally built as a...

Discover the attraction Macerata - Church of San Filippo

Macerata - Church of San Filippo

fter the canonisation of Saint Philip Neri in 1624, the Oratorians, already present in Macerata from 1611, decided to erect a building dedicated to the founder...

Discover the attraction Macerata - Civic Museums of Buonaccorsi Palace

Macerata - Civic Museums of Buonaccorsi Palace

The rooms dedicated to the ancient art was inaugurated in 2014 on the main floor of Buonaccorsi Palace. The building by the Buonaccorsi family also hosts the...

Discover the attraction Macerata - Buonaccorsi Palace “Aeneid Hall”

Macerata - Buonaccorsi Palace “Aeneid Hall”

In the heart of the city there is the XVIII century Palace built by the Buonaccorsi family, nowadays a property of the municipality, which hosts some art...


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