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Macerata: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening



The Marche is a splendid region, bathed by a calm sea and full of fish, cut horizontally by many rivers that cross villages and towns, surrounded by the most beautiful hills and often dominated by fortresses or castles and its cities are rich in history and of culture. Macerata was born from a Roman colonization between the III and II century BC and has undergone various dominations over the centuries, but the main influences are attributable to the period in which the Papal State reigned over these lands. Provincial capital that offers a lot to tourists and pampers them with the beauty of its views, the monuments and a typical cuisine made of strong flavors and important wines. Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, it is constantly crowded with young people who also find many opportunities for recreation and entertainment here. Let's find out together what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening, in case you find yourself in that beautiful Italian city.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Macerata in a weekend
  2. What to see in Macerata in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Macerata: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Macerata
  5. Plan your stay in Macerata: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Macerata in a weekend

1 - Sferisterio

In the historic center of Macerata, this neoclassical-style outdoor arena is the visiting card of the city. Inaugurated in 1829, semicircular in shape and originally intended for the game of the ball with the bracelet, it was adapted to accommodate lyrical representations in 1920 and is the only one outdoors with boxes. The acoustics have been called perfect by singers and conductors, and it is home to several cultural festivals, including the Opera Festival.



  • in Piazza Suaro, historic center; from the railway station the Sferisterio is 800 meters away in 10 minutes on foot or in 3 minutes by city bus of the APM company line n ° 7 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 - Sunday and Monday closed
  • the Macerata Museums and Exhibitions Single Ticket is a pass for various sites including the Sferisterio. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free

2 - Cathedral of San Giuliano

Built between 1459 and 1464, it has an unfinished facade and a very large and bright neoclassical interior. In the side chapels and in the sacristy, important works are conserved, such as paintings from the 1500s and mosaics from the 1600s. precious silver urn with the arm of St. Julian, protector of the city.

  • in Strambi square; from the train station the Sferisterio is about 1 km away in 15 minutes on foot or in 5 minutes by urban bus of the APM company line n ° 7 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • every day from 7: 00 to 19: 00
  • free

3 - Palazzo Ricci

In this magnificent noble residence, now owned by the Bank of Italy, a museum has been set up with over 200 works of art from the th century. Since 1975, the year in which the first private painting was purchased, during the 80s a collection of extraordinary importance has emerged which includes: Balla, Severini, Depero, Morandi, Guttuso and other masters.



  • in via Ricci, in the center; from the train station it is about 1 km away in 15 minutes on foot or in 5 minutes by urban bus of the APM company line n ° 7 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • open from March to December, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10: 00-13: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00 - July and August every day 10: 00-13: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00
  • the Macerata Museums and Exhibitions Single Ticket is a pass for various sites including the Palazzo Ricci museum. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free

4 - The Loggia dei Mercanti

Built in the th century on a project by Cassiano da Fabriano and commissioned by Alessandro Farnese, this beautiful structure annexed to the prefectural palace was used to house part of the market on rainy days. Airy and light structure, it can be visited only from the outside and illuminated at night it offers a very suggestive show. Small curiosity: for good luck, university students must never pass under the arches of the loggia in order to graduate.

  • in piazza della Libertà, in front of the faculty of law; from the train station it is about 1 km away in 15 minutes on foot or in 5 minutes by urban bus of the APM company line 7 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • not visitable internally
  • free

5 - Lauro Rossi Theater

Wanted by the town nobility in 1765, it was built by renovating the old town hall by Bibiena The bell shape with three tiers of boxes and the gallery make it one of the first examples of "Italian theater". Inaugurated in 1774, it was named after the famous Macerata musician Lauro Rossi.



  • in Piazza della Libertà, the historic center; from the train station it is about 1 km away in 15 minutes on foot or in 5 minutes by urban bus of the APM company line 7 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • only his prenotazione
  • cost info on www.comune.macerata.it

6 - Civic Tower

Built in the mid-1500s and 64 meters high, from the terrace you can see both the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. On the lower part of the tower a astronomic watch dated 1569 indicates the positions of the 5 planets known in the Renaissance period. On the side the plaque to Vittorio Emanuele II.

  • in Piazza della Libertà, the historic center; from the train station it is about 1 km away in 15 minutes on foot or in 5 minutes by urban bus of the APM company line 7 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • from 15 October to 31 March from Tuesday to Sunday at 11:00 and 15:00 - from 01 April to 14 October from Tuesday to Sunday at 11:00 and 17:00
  • The Macerata Museums and Exhibitions Single Ticket is a pass for various sites including the Civic Tower and the clock. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free

7 - Helvia Recina

Roman town hall from the st century BC., of the ancient settlement there are, today, traces near the monumental ruins of the Roman theater, dated between the end of the first century. BC and the first half of the st century AD In the area there are also several Roman finds among stones, marbles and a series of funerary epigraphs.

  • in Villa Potenza, 7 km away, which can be traveled by car from the station in about 10 minutes or by the APM Consalvi line bus in 15 minutes at a cost of € 1,25 each way.
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Buonaccorsi Palace

Eighteenth-century residence of the noble Buonaccorsi family, this imposing palace has a large wooden atrium, the loggia, decorated halls, ceilings and mythological paintings inside. All in Baroque and Rococo style, the most beautiful room is certainly the Hall of the Aeneid. A courtyard with an internal garden embellished with statues complete this beautiful site in Macerata.

  • in via Don Minzoni, historic center; from the train station it is about 1 km away in 15 minutes on foot or in 10 minutes by urban bus of the APM company line n ° 7 or n ° 8 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • every day from 10: 00 to 18: 00
  • the Macerata Museums and Exhibitions Single Ticket is a pass for various sites including the Sferisterio. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free

9 - Basilica of the Misericordia

Legend has it that this was built in a single day, the Basilica of Mercy it is the smallest church in the world. Rebuilt in 1734 on a design by Vanvitelli, despite the very limited space it contains a sanctuary with splendid shapes and rich in frescoes, stuccos and marbles. On the walls there are also four large canvases of good historical importance.

  • in Strambi square, historic center; from the train station it is about 1 km away in 20 minutes on foot or in 10 minutes by urban bus of the APM company line n ° 7 or n ° 8 at a cost of € 1,25 each way. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Path of the Red Blades - Fiasatra (Sibillini Mountains)

A few kilometers away separate the center of Macerata from this wonderful canyon practicable with a trekking, not binding, in about 3 hours. The pinnacles are formations of gravel held together by clay and silts, formed thanks to the erosion of the wind and at sunset they take on a very bright and suggestive red color. Also nearby is Lake Fiastra, very popular in the summer.

  • in the locality of Fiastra; from Macerata you can get there in less than an hour by car along the SP91 or by the Con.Tram company bus in about 1 hour and 15 minutes at a cost of € 3,85 each way with departures from the train station.
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Macerata in one day: recommended itinerary

Morning - Pasticceria Eredi, in corso Cairoli near the train station, is a pastry shop included in the "Bar d'Italia - Gambero Rosso" guide, present in the city since 1950 and an excellent starting point for starting the day well with a good breakfast. Energy to visit Macerata, in fact, is needed because of the continuous ups and downs of its narrow streets of the historic center that opens up to tourists from Piazza Suaro, with the grandeur of the Spheristerion. It is possible to enter to visit it at certain times and we must hope that the stage is not busy with the rehearsals of some representation, because in that case access will still be forbidden. Inside, accompanied by the staff, it is possible to visit the dressing rooms, the costume room and obviously the boxes. From piazza Suaro to Duomo, passing through via Ricci, the first climbs begin up to Buonaccorsi Palace, where only to admire the Hall of the Aeneid and the garden will take at least one hour. Among the narrow alleys of the center, for lunch, you can stop at the Osteria dei Fiori, where in an informal restaurant you can taste typical dishes of the Marche hinterland such as vincisgrassi, game or rabbit in porchetta.

Afternoon - After lunch, to digest well, the Salita delle Scalette leads up to Piazza della Libertà, where you can admire the astronomical clock of the Civic Tower and climb up to its panoramic balcony, admire the Loggia dei Mercanti and visit the Lauro Rossi Theater with its retro atmosphere. From Piazza della Libertà, 10 minutes on foot admiring the beautiful shops of the center, will serve to reach Ricci Palace, which with its collection of works of art will be able to excite any enthusiast. Time for a spritz in one of the many bars and it's already dinner time.

Sera - Before returning to the train station, or where you are parked, you can dine in one of the restaurants in the center, such as the trattoria La volpe e l'uva, which is only 5 minutes from Palazzo Ricci and offers good territory accompanied by high-level local wines such as the DOC Colli Maceratesi, Terreni di San Severino, Rosso Piceno and Verdicchio.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at - Pasticceria Eredi
  2. Sferisterio - opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 - Sunday and Monday closed - ticket price: the Macerata Museums and Exhibitions Single Ticket is a pass for various sites including the Sferisterio. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free
  3. Duomo - opening hours: every day from 7:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
  4. Palazzo Buonaccorsi - opening hours: every day from 10:00 to 18:00 - ticket price: the Macerata Museums and Exhibitions Single Ticket is a pass for various sites including the Sferisterio. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free
  5. Lunch at - Osteria dei Fiori
  6. Torre Civica - opening hours: from 15 October to 31 March from Tuesday to Sunday at 11:00 and at 15:00 - from 01 April to 14 October from Tuesday to Sunday at 11:00 and at 17:00 - ticket price: the ticket Unico Macerata Museums and Exhibitions is a pass to various sites including the Civic Tower and the clock. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free
  7. Lauro Rossi Theater - opening hours: by reservation only - ticket price: cost info on www.comune.macerata.it
  8. Palazzo Ricci - opening hours: open from March to December Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10: 00-13: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00 - July and August every day 10: 00-13: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00 - ticket cost: the Macerata Museums and Exhibitions Single Ticket is a pass for various sites including the Civic Tower and the clock. Full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - under 19 free
  9. Dinner at - Trattoria La volpe e l'uva

Where to eat in Macerata: the best restaurants

  • The Fox and the Grape: local products proposed in a creative way in a simple but well-kept environment. Great wine selection. Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: via Berardi, 39 Get directions tel: (0039) 0733237879
  • Osteria dei Fiori: ancient trattoria that offers the classics of the Marche cuisine such as vincisgrassi and game. The pork rabbit is excellent
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: via Lauro Rossi, 61 Get directions tel: (0039) 0733260142
  • From Rosa: traditional trattoria with zero km products. Simple and tasty cuisine such as broad beans and truffle dishes offered at very fair prices.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via Armaioli, 17 Get directions tel: (0039) 0733260124

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Macerata

Macerata is home to the oldest university in the world and thousands of young people flock to it all year round, making the locals happy that have multiplied over time. Lively from the hour of the aperitif, the sarate always continue through the streets of the historic center, passing from a pub to a club or to parties in private villas organized by student committees. There is also no shortage of cultural offers thanks to the events and concerts held at the Sferisterio and at the Lauro Rossi Theater.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Venanzetti coffee: open from 7:00 to 22:00 it is a historic bar that offers excellent cocktails in an elegant and well-kept environment. Address: via Gramsci, 21 Get directions - Facebook page
  • Turtle Disco Club: historic nightclub in the city and reference point for all university students. Small but well organized, it offers themed silk and commercial music for all tastes. Address: vicolo Santafiora, 6 Get directions
  • My Clubbing: less than 30 minutes by car, on the Porto Recanati seafront, this nightclub is one of the most popular on the entire Riviera. Young atmosphere and high-level staff for a proposal ranging from electronic and house music to Caribbean themed evenings. Address: Lungomare Scarfiotti, 47 in Porto Recanati Get directions - Facebook page

Plan your stay in Macerata: info and useful tips

  • Macerata can be reached by car from Rome covering 235 km on the E45 in about 3 hours. From Bologna along 275 km on the A14 south to Civitanova Marche and then take the SS77 in about 2 hours and 50 minutes. From Pescara along 143 km on the A14 north to Civitanova Marche and then take the SS77 in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Macerata is connected to the major Italian cities also with the Flixbus company ibus with fares starting from € 10,99. If you want to arrive by train, the reference station is Ancona, from where you can then choose whether to take another train at a cost of € 6,65 for 1 hour of travel, or a Con.Tram bus at the cost of € 5,50. The nearest airport is the Raffaello Sanzio in Ancona, connected to the train station of the Doric city by shuttle buses at a cost of € 5,00.
  • Getting around: the city can be visited on foot without any problem but it is also possible to use the city buses of the APM company that connect both the historic center and the neighboring towns.
  • Where to park: near the train station, in corso Cairoli, there is the Sferisterio car park (Get directions) while closer to the center, at Giardini Diaz, there is the APM car park (Get directions). Both offer rates from € 0,70 per hour or € 3,00 all day.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Castel Sant'Angelo sul Nera (80 km - 75 minutes) - Elcito (40 km - 55 minutes) - Ancona (55 km - 60 minutes) - Civitanova Marche (30 km - 30 minutes)
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