San Severino Marche is located on the Montenero hill, in the Potenza valley. It has medieval monuments, most of which were built during the years of independence of the municipality and during the Smeducci Seigniory. Many Gothic churches in the city and territory as well as the works left by the local school of painting that had its greatest exponents in the Salimbeni brothers and Lorenzo d’Alessandro, respectively at the beginning and at the end of the fifteenth century, date back to these years.
In the central elliptic Popolo Square are the Palazzo Municipale (XVIII century) and on the opposite side the Rococo church of San Giuseppe, the Palazzo dei Governatori (XVI century) with the Clock Tower, the Feronia theatre in neoclassical style, the Palazzo Servanti Collio (XVI century) and the church of S. Maria della Misericordia, with canvases by Pomarancio and fragments of frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers. The Old Cathedral was built starting from 944 and the façade and the belfry date back to the XIV century. The Romanesque church of S. Lorenzo in Doliolo (XI century) has an evocative interior and a Romanesque -Gothic belfry. In the hamlet Pieve is the archaeological park, with ruins of the Roman town of Septempeda – a place inhabited from prehistoric times until the 4th century b.C.
The Giuseppe Moretti archaeological museum is housed in the nearby bishop’s place. The main attraction is nevertheless the town picture- gallery, at the Tacchi Venturi Palace, where there are mainly local works coming from the churches after the unification of Italy. In a room it’s been completely rebuilt a small chapel with “Scenes of St. John the Baptist”, painted by the Salimbeni brothers. There are also other major works by Pinturicchio, Niccolò Alunno, Vittore Crivelli, Paolo Veneziano, Lorenzo D’Alessandro and Bernardino di Mariotto.
Worth visiting is the little and picturesque hamlet of Elcito, which is on a rocky spur, 800 metres above sea level on the slopes of Mount San Vicino. Little is left of the castle which was built to withstand attack to the Benedictine abbey of Valfucina ( 11th century), of which an interesting chapel still exists. Not far is also the wide upland of Canfaito ( 1.100 meters) and its centuries-old beech forests
The most typical products are salami, cheese and the “Terre di San Severino” Doc wine.” The most important events that take place in San Severino Marche during the year are: San Severino Blues Festival (July-August), the Salimbeni Prize for History and Art Criticism and the Palio dei Castelli (Palio of the Castles).
Local tourist bureau: Pro Loco San Severino Marche Piazza Del Popolo,43 62027 San Severino Marche Macerata Tel: 0733 638414 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.prolocossm.sinp.net