The Marche between sea history and flavors

The Marche between sea history and flavors
The Marche between sea history and flavors

From the wild beaches to the alleys of the historic center, Sirolo is a place that leaves you breathless. It is a welcoming tourist resort in the Marche region in the province of Ancona, in the center of the Adriatic coast, with unforgettable panoramic views towards Monte Conero. Among the main tourist destinations for its enormous environmental, historical and archaeological heritage, Sirolo is considered the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. If the testimonies of local settlements go up to 100 thousand years ago and continue with the necropolis of the Picene civilization known as the Queen’s Tomb (6th century BC), its legendary foundation traces its name to the leader Sirio, following the general Belisarius , to which around 540 Justinian I donated the territory of Sirolo, after the defeat of the Goths who had invaded the Piceno. The medieval historic center, today, has the same appearance as it originally had: the castle, the towers and the walls allow you to immerse yourself in the fascinating atmosphere of the Middle Ages that characterizes it. The centerpiece of the town is the castle, which already existed at the beginning of the 11th century and is the perfect place to start a visit to the village. Starting from the bell tower and the Torrione, continue along its romantic alleys following the walls built against the invasions of barbarians and pirates. We then pass through the former Church of the Holy Sacrament, of which the façade with the portal from the 16th century remains, and through the suggestive avenue of holm oaks that runs alongside the belvedere up to the Punta. Also worth seeing is the Villa Vetta Marina, where according to tradition St. Francis of Assisi stayed in 1215 predicting the coming of the Holy House from Palestine to Loreto, and local places of worship such as the Church of San Nicola di Bari (built in 1765 on the remains of a religious building of 1230), the Church of the Rosary (built between 1603 and 1613) and the Abbey of San Pietro al Conero on top of Monte Conero (mentioned for the first time in an act of 1037). Lovers of the sea and the sun will have a wide choice of beaches to spend their days, between crystal clear water and unspoiled nature, winner of the Blue Flag of Europe and the 4 Sails of Legambiente: Urbani beach, San Michele beach, Sassi beach Neri, Due Sorelle beach, Cava Davanzali beach (or Cava Davanzali), Forni beach, Sassi Bianchi beach, Vela beach and I Lavi beach. In Sirolo you can breathe an air of culture in every place, as in the case of the Cortesi Theater or, for the summer season, in the suggestive outdoor location of the “Le Cave” Theater dug inside the ancient pink stone quarries of the Conero. A culture that is reflected in its cultural roots and traditional gastronomy. In the first case, the Palio of San Nicola di Bari, patron saint of Sirolo, must be mentioned, which is celebrated on 9 May or the Saturday or Sunday immediately following and which sees two main events take place: the Challenge of the districts and the Challenge of the canaja (from 11 to 13 years). In the second case, the typical local dishes deserve to be tasted: the Brodetto Marche, the donuts of must from the harvest period, the “Moscioli” (wild mussels from the Conero to which the summer festival “Mosciolando” is dedicated), the scottadito sardines and the “Vincisgrassi” from the Marche region (variant of the classic lasagna). Let yourself be conquered by a village of Greek and Roman charm, where the strawberry tree grows on the Conero and where the seas tell of seafaring myths and fascinating legends.

HOW TO GET THERE: The closest airport to Sirolo is Ancona (30 km), while the closest stations are Ancona Centrale and Osimo. By car from Rome: A24 and A14 / Autostrada Adriatica / A14 towards Junction Loreto in Loreto, exit at Loreto-Porto Recanati, take SS 16, SP 23 and SP del Conero / SP Numana-Scossicci-Porto Recanati / SP 1 in direction Sirolo.

OTHER PLACES TO VISIT: To see Recanati and the places that inspired Leopardi’s poems. A visit to Loreto and its sanctuary is not to be missed.

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