It is reachable with a very comfortable freeway or following the provincial road where you will meet picturesque little towns and country villages.
If you come by airplane, the closest airport is the one of Falconara, Ancona. From the airport you will have to take a bus to the trein station and there take a trein that will bring you directly to Macerata in a little bit more of 40 minutes.
Macerata is at 315 meters on the level of the sea and it has a bit more of 43000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, being the seat of an important university and of the province administration the population that comes and stays in Macerata every day is way bigger.
Macerata has the charme of a lady from bygone days and it reveals its refined roots at every corner of the streets. Surrounded by medieval walls, the old town contains the most interesting monuments.
If you are visiting the city walking, from the walls you will find charming stairs which are going up steeply toward the city center. If you are coming by car, it is possible to reach the main square, the elegant Piazza della LibertÓ and park there.
In this square you will find the Palace of the City Hall, the Loggia dei Mercanti, the Palace of the Police Heaquarters, the Church of San Paolo and the Theater Lauro Rossi.
The Theater Lauro Rossi, with a capability of 550 seating places is a jewel of architecture of 1700 and it was recently completely restored.
The Church of San Paolo, built between 1623 and 1655 was used as a store for wheat. In the 70ies was completely restored and brought back to the ancient beauty and it is now used by the university or for prestigious painting expositions.
The Palace of the Police Headquarters was built in 1500 and it is a wonderful gateway in marble.
The Palace of the City Hall, originally built in the XVII century is opened by an arcade and in the superior part by a long balcony. In the hallway and in the internal courtyard there is an archeological exposition with pieces coming from Helvia Recina and from Urbisaglia. Inside, in the council chamber, a beautiful painting of the Victory by Emilio Lazzaro. In the office of the mayor, the great bookcase apparently made by the patriot and writer Massimo d'Azeglio.
The Arena Sferisterio is an amphitheater which was built in 1820 thanks to the contribution of 100 wives. Originally built for the game of the ball with the bracelet and for the bull hunting (two games very popular at that time), it has an impressive acoustics and visibility. It offers a neoclassic and palladian scenery. Since the 60ies, the Arena Sferisterio is hosting a very prestigious opera season which attracts opera fans from all over the world.
The city picture gallery contains many old paintings from Carlo Crivelli, Gianabattista Salvi, Michele Rocca called Il Parmigiano and many more. It also contains a sector of contemporary art with prestigious paintings.
The Palace Buonaccorsi was built in the XVIII century on the project of architect Giovanni Battista Contini. This palace, recently restored, is considered one of the most beautiful in the region Marche. Currently it hosts a very interesting museum of carriages and it is possible to visit the Gallery of the Aeneid and the piano nobile.
The Church Santa Maria delle Vergini, was built in the second half of the XVI century on a project by Donato Bramante. Inside you can find a painting by Tintoretto dated 1587.
Palace Compagnoni Marefoschi, built in the XVIII century is another fascinating piece of history of the city. Here Charles III Stuart, the pretender to the English crown who was into exile in Italy at that time, married the Luisa Stolberg, countess of Albany loved by the famous writer Alfieri.
In the area of Villa Potenza, down in the valley, an archeological excavation brought to light Helvia Recini, an ancient roman city quoted for the first time by Plinio il Vecchio in the first century b.C. Based on the findings, the city was extending itself for 60 hectares. It is possible to visit Helvia Recini on Saturday and Sunday.
Macerata is another very good reason to rent a holiday apartment in the hear of Italy and follow a path of cultural and naturalistic enrichment.