Esanatoglia: medieval village in the Verdicchio di Matelica Area | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Esanatoglia, born in 1862 from the combination of AESA and Anatolia, is a medieval town located in the province of Macerata in the Marche hinterland with a population of just over two thousand people nestled between Mount Gemmo and Mount Corsegno.

The city was ruled by Malcavalca until 1211 and in the same year it was took over by the Ottoni di Matelica. Three years later, and for the next three centuries, the influential family da Varano of Camerino dominated the city. Under the Varano family, the city of Santa Anatolia maintained a certain autonomy: the disclosure of the first statutory occurred in 1324. Esanatoglia remained unscathed by war and looting for a long time, and only in 1443 was conquered with the help of Matelica by Francesco I Sforza. In 1502, the fort became the property of the Papal States.

  • The parish church of Santa Anatolia - read more
  • The Fountains of San Martino, still fully functional, represent a unique example of fourteenth-century waterworks.
  • Varano Palace - read more
  • The Tower of St. Andrew is enhanced by its bell towers, medieval buildings, the furnace of the fifteenth century, the Door of the church with adjacent the old paper mill, the first tannery and the local theater.

In terms of culinary, all the surrounding valley is lush with precious mushrooms and truffles to be prepared and enjoyed in many different ways, the typical dishes are pork rinds or pork rind (pig skin) with beans served with toasted bread, sweet “frostingo” made with pig’s blood, the biscuits with anise or with a waffle mixed with eggs, flour and anise, better known as the “ciarle” in addition to good Verdicchio di Matelica as local wine.