Renaissance city with arts culture

Macerata sits on a summit with a panorama of the surrounding hills, soft pink coloured brick buildings and open squares, with a lively atmosphere and thriving arts culture.

The town is known for its ancient university, founded in 1290, one of the oldest universities in Europe. Its main activities are focused on the humanities and social sciences. Further details can be found here.

The main attractions include:

Arena Sferisterio (which houses a summer opera festival – see separate page for more details);

Teatro Lauro Rossi (a beautiful 18th century theatre with a variety of music and dance);

Palazzo Buonaccorsi (an 18th century palace notable for its series of rococo paintings on themes from the Aeneid, painted by a number of prominent Italian artists.); and

Biblioteca Comunale Mozzi Borgetti (which houses an important collection of Jesuit volumes adding back to the 16th century.)

Of course the squares have an attractive array of cafe’s and restaurants and the narrow streets have attractive shops and a number of smaller restaurants serving traditional Marche dishes.