Recanati, Giacomo Leopardi's birthplace.

Piazza Giacomo Leopardi, 26 - Recanati (MC)
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Recanati is a remarkably hill town, just inland from the Adriatic Sea. It is situated on a ridge between the valleys of the Potenza and the Musone rivers, with a wonderful view that stretches from the Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. It's close to the heart of many Italians as the birthplace of one the country's greatest poets, Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837). Around every corner, plaques mark spots referred to in his poems.

ATTRACTIONS: Palazzo Leopardi, at the southern edge of town, where he was born and brought up, holds memorabilia, manuscripts and his fascinating library, containing 20,000 volumes. Further places connected with Leopardi and his poems are: the square of "Il sabato del villagio", just in front of the eighteenth-century Palazzo Leopardi; the "House of Silvia; the "Hill of Infinity", the peak of Mount Tabor, which inspired the eponymous poem composed by the poet at 21, and now home to the Colle dell'Infinito literary Park; the ancient vegetable garden of the monastery of the Poor Clares and the World Center of Poetry and Culture, the Leopardi National Studies Centre, the Tower of the "Passero Solitario", located in the courtyard of the cloister of Sant'Agostino, Palazzo Antici Mattei, Leopardi's mother birthplace.  In 2014 the film " Il giovane favoloso", focusing on the life of the poet, was shot for most of the time in Recanati.
The most significant religious buildings are: the church and the convent of the Capuchin friars, dating back to 1600, the Church of Santa Maria Morello, where Giacomo Leopardi was baptized, the Church of San Vito, with its impressive facade designed by Vanvitelli, the Church of Sant'Agostino with its beautiful Istrian stone portal, the Church of San Domenico, housing the "San Vincenzo Ferrer" frescoed by Lorenzo Lotto, the Cathedral of San Flaviano, boasting a magnificent 17th century wood ceiling. In the delightful Piazza Leopardi you find the statue of Giacomo Leopardi and the neoclassical Town Hall, built at the end of the centenary of the birth of Giacomo Leopardi; the Torre del Borgo, built in the second half of the twelfth century as a symbol of the foundation of a single municipality, now reopened to the public. A nice example of fifteenth century architecture is Palazzo Venieri, built by Cardinal Venieri. Recanati is also the home town of the great tenor, Beniamino Gigli and the Museo Gigli in the historical Teatro Persiani holds a collection of his costumes from some 30 operas, a mock-up of his dressing-room and some of the many presents he received, including a walking stick from Verdi. The museum in Villa Colloredo-Mels, a splendid 18th century villa on the edge of the town centre, holds Recanati's greatest art treasure, a room with four of Lorenzo Lotto's finest pictures, including a most haunting Annunciation packed with almost breathless narrative detail - a high spot in any art-lover's tour of the central Marche. 

The most typical specialties are the "piccicasanti", a kind of sticky soup, made with poultry, pork and extra virgin olive oil. Two delicious wines are: Rosso Piceno (red wine) and Colli Maceratesi (white wine). The most remarkable events taking place in Recanati during the year include: Lunaria, offering a series of concerts in July in the central Piazza Leopardi; "Amantica", boasting a summer program ( July) with traditional music; San Vito Festival, celebrating the the patron saint of Recanati, taking place on 15 June.


The Attractions of Recanati

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Discover the attraction Recanati - Marche Film tourism

Recanati - Marche Film tourism

Leopardi (2014) directed by Mario Mantone, starring Elio Germano and Michele Riondino.Giacomo Leopardi, a bright boy, lives with his family in his...

Discover the attraction Recanati - The medieval Torre del Borgo ( Civic Tower)

Recanati - The medieval Torre del Borgo ( Civic Tower)

The medieval Torre del Borgo ( or Civic Tower) of Recanati is 36 meters high and is crowned by Ghibelline battlements. It was built in the second half...

Discover the attraction Church of San Domenico

Church of San Domenico

Church of San Domenico (15th century), with a 1481 portal by Giuliano da Maiano. It houses the Glory of St. Vincent Ferrer by Lorenzo Lotto.

Discover the attraction Recanati: The Benedettucci  Library

Recanati: The Benedettucci Library

The Public Library of Recanati was opened on 20th October 1959. The establishment of municipal councils after the war was at the origin of the creation of the...

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Recanati - "B.Gigli" Museum and Guitar Museum

Placed inside the Persiani Theatre, the Museum dedicated to the great tenor Beniamino Gigli from Recanati (1890-1957) was established after the donations by the...

Discover the attraction Recanati - Church of S. Filippo

Recanati - Church of S. Filippo

The first construction, started in 1665, was soon followed in 1722 by a second that saw the demolition of the first building and the creation of a second church...


Itineraries to visit Recanati

Discover the itinerary Land of Theatres and Music

Land of Theatres and Music

The Marche and opera, an inextricable partnership.

Art and Culture   3 days

Discover the itinerary Lorenzo Lotto -Painter

Lorenzo Lotto -Painter

Born in Venice around 1480, the young artist Lorenzo Lotto chose to move to Treviso. There Lotto formed a relationship with the humanist circle of Bishop Bernardo De Rossi from Parma, which straight away provided him with advantageous and profitable commissions. In 1508 Lotto was called to the Vatican in Rome to paint the rooms of the new apartment of Julius II. During the period between 1509 and 1516 the movements of the Venetian artist are somewhat obscure. The following decade, spent in Bergamo, was undoubtedly Lotto’s happiest and most creative period. At the end of 1525, after an absence of 20 years, he decided to return to Venice where however the rising star of Titian, with his sensuous and joyful painting, precluded the favour of the patrons towards Lotto. He died in the Marche in 1556 and was buried, at his request, in a Dominican friar’s habit. Lotto accomplished many works in the Marche, providing testimony to his genius and his remarkable personality.

Art and Culture   3 days