Cingoli is located in the hinterland of Macerata province and it has its own special charme.
Listed amongst the most beautiful villages of Italy, this city of a bit more of ten thousands five hundreds inhabitants split between the old town and the 30 hamlets which compose it, is called the balcony of region Marche because in the most clear days, from a terrace on the medieval walls, it is possible to look at the horizon and remain breathless in front of a view which sweeps from the province of Ancona to the province of Ascoli Piceno. The view arrives to the blue of the Adriatic sea and go through a succession of cultivated and orderly hills with the most surprising shades of green which make region Marche a paradise on earth.
The city extends itself over Mount Circe at 631 meters on the level of the sea. Due to the position of low mountain and the proximity of Mount San Vicino, Cingoli is often covered with snow in winter creating a Nativity scenery.
During summer the explosion of colours in the fields around the city is a very good reason to stay outside and enjoy the nature and clean air.
Despite the height and the low mountain sceneries, it is only half an hour away from the sea.
According to some findings, the first human settlement in this area goes back to five thousands years ago. The true city, though, was founded only in the III century b.C. and it was then fortified and restored in 60 b.C. by Titus Labieno, liutenant of Julius Caesar in Gaul. Caesar himself was the first one who wrote the geography of the region Marche and mentioned Cingoli in his De Bello Gallico. The city developed in the second half of XII century when it became a common and in this period it flourished in arts, artisanship and commerce. Cingoli is also the birth city of Francesco Saverio Castiglioni who became Pope Pio VIII in 1829.
If you want to have a look at the archeological findings found in this area, you will be happy to visit the State Archeological Museum in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. Here you will find testimonies of the Paleolitic, Neolitic and Iron Age eras and of the Greek-Roman period. The museum is free and is open every morning up to 1,30 pm.
In this context you can't miss a little visit to Fonte Giulia, a place where, according to the legend, Julius Caesar stopped to make his horse drink.
Scouting in the city you also can't miss the house of Francesco Saverio Castiglioni, Pope Pio VIII, which can be visited every day in August from 9,00 am till 12,00 and then from 4,00 pm till 8,00 pm. Palazzo Castiglioni is a museum house which shows furniture and objects which belonged to Pope Pio VIII.
If you want to give a look to the paiting of Lorenzo Lotto, Madonna del Rosario e Santi, you will have to visit the Church of San Dominic in Piazzale Mestica. The Church itself is very interesting. It was built in 1325.
The Church of San Filippo Neri, built in the XIII century, is considered one of the jewelles of Cingoli. The interior of the Church is in Baroc style and decorated with frescos and stuccoes.
The Collegiate Church San Esuperanzio is the most important Church of the city, inside it the crypt with the rests of the saint. This Church was built in the XII century.
Amongst the important appointments of the city you can't miss the week of Mid August when Cingoli transforms itself for the historical commemoration called "Cingoli 1848" during this week there will be a series of activities in costume such as a parade, a Grand Ball, games and much more. In this occasion all the city participates.
Nemerous are the naturalistic paths around Cingoli and those dedicated to Mountain Bike.
This city also cuddles visitors with his gastronomic delices. The Olive Oil called Mignola di Cingoli because of the kind of olives from which it is produces is amongst the most reknown and delicious olive oils. Amongst the local products you will find also the cickling peas, a legume similar to garbanzo beans witch which delicious soups are prepared, the "ciauscolo" a special salami that can be spread on the bread, the local "pecorino" a cheese made from sheep's milk which is slightly hot and the liver salami.
Amongst the local recipes you will find the "cargił", special big ravioli filled with ricotta, the "salame de ficu", a roll of figues filled with almonds, walnuts and anise wrapped with figue leaves, the "crescia coi grasselli", a pizza made with cracklings and "u roccio", a donut made with flour, must, oil, sugar and anise.
Here is another interesting angle of the region Marche and a perfect place where you can spend your holidays!