This cosmopolitan of cities is a vibrant and cultural hub with is dramatic piazzas and treeline accents to its hilltop centre a truly beautiful spot to explore
Situated on top of a hill, 1,030ft above sea level, lies the picturesque city of Macerata. The cultural capital of Le Marche, this hilltop town enjoys views of the surrounding rolling countryside from its enviable location. Inside you will find lively winding streets and wide piazzas of Renaissance grandeur. Opera festivals and theatres, music and arts academy, as well as one of the oldest Universities in Europe, this enchanting town is a lively and buzzing cultural hot spot waiting to be explored.
What to do
Discover more about the local region in the wonderful Musei Civici de Palazzo. Situated in the palace and spread over three floors this fascinating and interactive museum/art gallery covers many facets of life and art in the surrounding areas. In the basement you will find a museum dedicated to carriages through the ages. On the first floor art and artefacts from the surrounding area and on the top floor an extensive modern art collection from the 1930s on.
Towering over Piazza della Liberata you will find Torre dei Tempi con Orologio Planetaria, civic tower and astronomical cloack. Standing 64m tall this impressive tower is home to a recently restored astronomical clock featuring an immense blue dial. Climb the 200 steps to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the surrounding town and countryiside.
Opera loves must not miss the city's world famous, open air opera festival. One of the main draws to the area, this massive festival descends into town every July and August. Enjoy performances in various historic buildings as well as in the Sferisterio main stadium, an impressive 7,000 seater neo-classical outdoor arena.
Where to eat
For fine dining in a romantic setting try Enoteca Le Case. Enjoy a creative menu of local seasonal food, expertly cooked and imaginatively present. Take time to browse over their extensive wine menu featuring over 1,000 locally produced wines.
For traditional fare head to Trattoria da Ezio. This charming trattoria has changed little since it opened in 1957. Enjoy home-made pasta using the freshest of ingredients from surrounding farms.
For delicious pizzas at reasonable prices head to La Taverna. Offering a wide variety of toppings and styles this immensely popular pizzeria offers limited seating, so book ahead or plan to take-away at busy times.
For a spot of people watching and the perfect lunch head to Verde Café. Popular amongst University professors and students this reasonably priced café is located in the historical centre of Macerata. They offer delicious, organic food, vegetarian and vegan options as well as fresh juices on their daily changing menu.
How to get there
The nearest airport is located at Marche/Ancona (84km)From here it is possible to get a train into Macerata (with a change at Ancona). The next nearest airports are located at Umbria - Perugia (117km) Rimini (145km) and Abruzzo (151km)
Macerata is well served by a train station offering an extensive service to local surrounding towns as well as major Italian cities. There is a central bus station offering direct services to Rome, Pisa, Florence and Siena.
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