1000 Miglia between tradition and dynamism
Macerata, a city of a thousand souls and home to one of the oldest universities in the world, is capable of combining a traditional yet dynamic lifestyle. Among the city’s treasures is the 18th-century Palazzo Buonaccorsi, whose splendour reaches its peak in the Galleria dell’Eneide (Hall of the Aeneid). The palazzo, home to the Civic Museums, houses ancient and modern art collections and the Museo della Carrozza (carriage museum), which allows a virtual tour through the streets of the province, strictly by carriage. The Torre Civica with its astronomical clock every day hosts the Carousel of the Angel and the Magi at 12:00 and at 18:00, and next door is the 18th-century Lauro Rossi Theatre. A visit to the Mozzi Borgetti Library with its fascinating rooms decorated at the end of the 18th century is worthwhile as it is linked to the Jesuit and scientist Father Matteo Ricci.
The Museum of Natural History in Palazzo Rossini-Lucangeli, the Helvia Ricina Archaeological Area and the Villa Ficana Ecomuseum with its earthen houses complete the city’s cultural-tourist offerings. Palazzo Ricci, with its splendid collection of 20th century Italian Art, also adds to the perspective.
The Sferisterio arena is one of the symbols of the city. Founded in 1829 to host the game of ball with the armband, thanks to its excellent acoustics it is now the venue for the Macerata Opera Festival, the Musicultura festival and Sferisterio Live, featuring big names in national and international music.