Senigallia’s surroundings and historical villages A journey through history between hills and villages in Senigallia’s inland

To fully understand the territory in the boundaries of Senigallia, take a trip through the hills and visit the small walled cities in the Misa and Nevola river valleys.

The discovery of the small villages around  Senigallia starts from Trecastelli, a municipality created by unifying Monterado, Ripe and Castelcolonna. Each village has its own peculiarity to showcase: the forest and noble palace of Monterado, the medieval walls of Castelcolonna, and the crenellated castle of Ripe, together with the museum dedicated to Nori de’Nobili, a woman painter and intellectual born in the region.

The journey continues towards Corinaldo with its spectacular city walls, probably the best preserved ones in the entire region, and its charming historical district. One of the town’s jewels is Teatro Goldoni, one of the 100 historical theatres of the Marche region. Corinaldo is the birth place of Santa Maria Goretti and her home can be still visited today.

The next stop is Castelleone di Suasa, overlooking the Cesano river valley, opening up towards monte Catria. Before reaching the village, a visit must be paid to the Roman archaeological site of Suasa. The ancient forum and the remains of a domus, with wonderful mosaics, are an evidence of the Roman presence in the territory.

Along the road to Arcevia you will find the castles of Nidastore, Loretello, San Pietro, Palazzo. Then, climbing slopes and steep hills, you reach Arcevia, the unconquerable “Rocca Contrada”. Highlights are Collegiata di San Medardo (Collegiate Church) with valuable paintings by Luca Signorelli, Giovanni della Robbia, Ercole Ramazzani and Giardini Leopardi (Leopardi’s Gardens), on the top of the historical district, with a splendid view from the sea to the Apennines. Here, you will find Teatro Misa, another one of the marvellous theatres of the Marche region. 

Going back to Senigallia you will meet Avacelli and Piticchio, in the surroundings of Arcevia, and then Serra de’ Conti, where you can take a nice walk amongst alleys and small squares. The Museum of Monastic Arts will reveal the secrets of the monastery with a guided audio-animated visit.

Just a few kilometres separate Serra de’ Conti from Barbara. Founded around 1000, its name is related to St. Barbara. The parish church of  Santa Maria Assunta, with an important painting by Pomarancio, is worth a visit.  

Just four kilometres away you will find  Ostra Vetere, which can be recognised in the distance for its Neo-Gothic bell tower of Santa Maria di Piazza. The town has a terraced layout with small streets connected by stairs. The “hallways” overlooking the Misa river valley date back to the 14th/15th century. The “Terra di Montenovo” museum deserves a visit.

Still travelling towards Senigallia you will reach Ostra: mostly surrounded by walls, the historical centre hosts very valuable buildings, among them Teatro La Vittoria. The crenellated civic tower, which was built in the 15th/16th century, rises in the centre of the village, together with St. Francis parish with important paintings by Ercole Ramazzani. Just outside the village, you can visit a worship place called “Santuario della Madonna della Rosa”.

Before returning to the coast, make a stop in Morro d’Alba, the village that gives its name to “Lacrima”, one of the most appreciated red wines of the region. Enclosed within city walls, Morro d’Alba boasts an exceptionally interesting urban layout. Don’t miss talking a walk along “strada della Scarpa”, a long arcade that embraces the historical centre with belvederes in the pentagonal towers.

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