Serra De’ Conti

Serra de Conti is a medieval village, located on a hill on the right side of the river Misa, 25 km far from Senigallia.

Serra de Conti is a medieval village, located on a hill on the right side of the river Misa, 25 km far from Senigallia. Until the year 1238, it was a feudal centre and then it became a town with its municipality. It is surrounded by really well-preserved walls, which are interrupted by 10 towers. It is notable the “Porta della croce”, door of the cross (C.XIII-XIV), where there is a fresco by Bruno d’Arcevia, a neo-mannerist painter.

Over the centuries, three monasteries have been built: the one of S. Carlo Borromeo of whom it is still visible the bell- tower; the one of S. Francesco (14th C.), which today is the Municipal Palace with a cloister and a porch; the one of Santa Maria Maddalena (16th C.), with the homonymous elliptic-shaped church and with three altars and wooden choir stairs.

Next to the Monastery of S. Maria Maddalena, there are interesting surroundings that host the Museum of monastic Arts, “Le stanze del tempo sospeso” (rooms of suspended time), which preserve objects of the nouns “Clarisse”, from the 16th C. to the 19th C. It also allows the visitors to participate in an involving audio assisted theatre-themed walk.

In the historical centre of Serra de Conti, you can also find the church of Santa Croce (14th C.), with a fresco by Giovanni Battista Lombardelli (16th C.) and the church of San Michele, which dates back to the year 1290, with an elevated presbytery and ogival arches.

Outside the walls, we find the church of Santa Maria from Abbatissis, with three naves and five altars. It was erected during the first half of 12th C. and it hosts the remnants of Beato Gherardo, protector of the town, in addition to a pipe organ dating from 1850 and wooden choir stairs.

The single-nave church of San Fortunato is about 3 km away from the centre, in the countryside of Serra de Conti. It preserves a series of frescoes of the second half of 1300 by Andrea from Jesi “the Old” and Giovanni from Pesaro.

Close to the Hoffmann Furnace, you can admire a mighty oak, called “Cerqua Grossa”: it is 22 metres high and the circumference of the foliage is 34 meters wide. It is approximately 300-400 years old.

The name Serra de Conti (greenhouse of the Counts) derives from the history of the town, related to the cultivation of “cicerchia” (grass pea). This legume is used to prepare tasty soups and exquisite flour. A Slow Food Presidium protects the cicerchia.

THE COUNTRYSIDE

Serra de Conti is surrounded by gentle hills. Here, the human being has created, in total respect of nature, a fascinating area, something similar to a mosaic of cultivations and vineyards and beautiful mansion houses (evidence of the sharecropping period). Wondering around the countryside it is possible to admire stunning and unexpected landscapes, which exhibit both the mountains of the Apennines chain and the Adriatic Sea. What is more, you can run into secular and wide oaks spread all over the territory.

Below, in this gallery, we introduce you some suggestive views of our countryside.

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