On August 24th, the world looked on in horror as images came in from central Italy in the aftermath of a dreadful earthquake. It was the second major seismic shock to hit the region in the last decade, and repair and recovery efforts have been hindered by ongoing aftershocks. The damage to the region has…
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Macerata, Le Marche
At the epicentre of several of the major aftershocks, the medieval hill town of Macerata suffered damage which has meant the closing of several churches and other public buildings. Nonetheless, life goes on inside the old walls, home to a 13th century university and the early 19th century neo-classical open-air Arena Sferisterio, which hosts an opera festival every summer.
Urbino, Le Marche
Up in the hills of Le Marche, Urbino is all too often overlooked by visitors to Italy, perhaps because of its slightly isolated location. The heart of the city, dominated by the Palazzo Ducale and Duomo, was all constructed in the same style, making it appear as one contiguous block. The city is particularly famous for its contribution to the arts, as the home of the Renaissance maestro Raphael, to whom there is a dedicated museum in the house of his birth. Head up to the Giardini Pubblici for a wonderful view over the whole city from above.
Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche
This town on the Marche/Abruzzo border is most famous for its olive production, and for the “olive all’ascolana” dish; olives stuffed with meat and fried in breadcrumbs. Piazza dell’Arengo, in the centre of town, is faced onto by the 12th-century Palazzo dell’Arengo, as well as the Duomo. The skyline is dotted with towers constructed over the centuries, around 50 according to some estimates.