Piazza della Libertà, 16 - Pollenza (MC)
0733.548707 0733.548704

Pollenza lies in a panoramic position on a ridge between the valleys of the Chienti and Potenza rivers. The town was built in medieval times and was originally called Montemilione and it still preserves the town layout from that period including the defensive wall, modified several times, with the ancient gateways. Its current name, Pollenza, was adopted in 1962 and comes from the Roman "Pollentia".

The oldest traces of human presence date back to the Iron Age and they were discovered near Monte Franco, to the north of the modern town. Several old communities lived in this area and this is documented by the discovery of a large necropolis with tombstones dating back to the 8th century b. C.

Worth visiting is the abbey of Rambona, very powerful in the upper Middle Ages, whose Lombard origins date back to the 8th century; Palazzo Cento, a 16th century palace owned by the Count Moroni from Rome and, from 1935, by the Cento family. Here stayed Giacomo Leopardi’s family from Recanati.  At present it’s the seat of the Town Museum, of the Library and the Picture Gallery, and last but not least, of the Vespa Museum, one of the very few museums in the world with original scooters, unique exhibits and exclusive materials.

Near Porta della Croce gate you can find the collegiate church of St. Biagio, with Green cross plant, built on a design by the architect De Mattia from Treia. It’s named after the doctor and bishop from Sebaste who was put to death because of his faith. Among the various works, there’s a 16th century crucifix in polychrome wood. Through a nice cloister, joint to the very interesting Giuseppe Verdi local theatre,  you get to  the church of Saints Francis and Anthony. In the 13th century it was controlled by the abbey of Rambona and in 1215 it hosted St. Francis from Assisi during his travel to Loreto. Inside it houses a very precious altarpiece representing St. Anthony from Padua, painted on a gold background by the painter called Lorenzo D’Alessandro da San Severino.

Pollenza boasts a 500 year production of artistic craftsmanship, starting from pottery, majolica and then wood, which has turned into antique trade and furniture conservation and restoration. For this reason, every year, in mid- July, there’s an event called “Exhibition of Antiques, restauration and artistic craftsmanship”.

The historic center, the monuments and the museums of the town are partially accessible. For information please write to Toll-free Number Marche Tourism (numeroverde.turismo@regione.marche.it) or contact the phone numbers listed below.



Piazza della Libertà, 16
Pollenza (MC)
0733.548707 0733.548704


The Attractions of Pollenza

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Pollenza things to Watch

Discover the attraction Pollenza - Monastery of San Giuseppe

Pollenza - Monastery of San Giuseppe

The Poor Sisters of Santa Chiara have been living in Pollenza since late 13th century. The nuns moved to the monastery on April 30, 1556, thanks to the generous...

Discover the attraction Macerata – Parco di Villa Lauri (Villa Lauri Park)

Macerata – Parco di Villa Lauri (Villa Lauri Park)

The villa rises in the Montalbano suburb, in the outskirts of Macerata, on the top of a hill that dominates the valleys of the Potenza and Chienti rivers. The...

Discover the attraction Pollenza - Abbey of Rambona

Pollenza - Abbey of Rambona

The Abbey, whose origin is related to the arrival in the area of Benedictine monks around the 18th century, experienced its era of maximum splendour towards the...

Discover the attraction Treia – Giardino di Villa Luzi o Votalarca (Villa Luzi Garden, alias “Votalarca”)

Treia – Giardino di Villa Luzi o Votalarca (Villa Luzi Garden, alias “Votalarca”)

The villa, surrounded by dependences and farm annexes, was built in 1737 on a hill on the northern side of the Potenza valley, near Treia, based on drawings by...

Discover the attraction Villa Spada

Villa Spada

Villa Spada, also known as “Villa La Quiete”, was reconstructed after the year 1815, drawing on the projects of the architect Giuseppe Valadier;...

Discover the attraction Tolentino - Rancia Castle

Tolentino - Rancia Castle

The impressive and magnificent Rancia castle is 7 km far from the centre of Tolentino. It was rebuilt by Andrea di Como in the 14th century. The castle has a...


Itineraries to visit Pollenza

Discover the itinerary Monasticism in The Marche: the abbeys

Monasticism in The Marche: the abbeys

A journey between knowledge and meditation

Spirituality and Meditation   5 days

Discover the itinerary Skilful hands: Artisan craftsmanship

Skilful hands: Artisan craftsmanship

Discover the secrets of skilled craftsmen

Skills and expertise   5 days