Breakfast in hotel.
Departure for Recanati, a journey through the striking places, which the famous poet Leopardi mentioned in his poems: the square of ” Il Sabato del Villaggio”, the hill of the ”l’infinito”, the hill of “ Passero Solitario” and the interesting art gallery.
Transfer to Casapiccola Palace. The palace was built between the seventeenth and the eighteenth century to host important priests who went on pilgrimage to the nearby Sanctuary of Loreto. In the mid-nineteenth century, Domenico of Casapiccola, the great-great-grandfather of the current owner who resided in Vienna, moved with his family to Recanati, where he bought the palace. The ceilings on the main floor have important frescoes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, representing mythological and grotesque scenes.
The “Italian” garden dates back to the construction of the palace, and is located to the west, looking at the “Il colle dell’infinito”.
Lunch offered in the palace.
In the afternoon visit to Villa Bonaccorsi. At the top of a hill, in a panoramic position, rises the Buonaccorsi complex. The Buonaccorsi family in Macerata possessed a large agricultural estate, which was controlled by its fortified palace. The building was built in the 16th century on the remains of a former settlement and has, in addition to the mansion, gardens, stables, terraced houses and a small baroque church dedicated to Saint Francesco.
Between the church and the palace stands the “Secret Garden”, designed after 1665. The eighteenth century garden (1720) is believed to have been designed by Andrea Vinci, or his collaborators, on the traces of a pre-existing garden. On the south side of the hill there are five terraces. The first one welcomes the “secret garden” and the grotto “of the friars”. The second terrace contains formal flower beds revived by statues depicting Harlequin and Pulcinella. The third terrace is characterized by “vile of the emperors”, and in a niche there is the statue of the goddess Flora. On the fourth terrace there are other formal flower beds. The last terrace is of a recent era. In the garden there are also various fountains but not all of them work. There are hundreds of citrus trees, in espalier structures orin large pots of terracotta of 800’.
Beyond an imposing wall, there is a vast, English-style wood with an artificial lake and a small hill from which you enjoy a wonderful view to the sea.
Time to take a short stroll in the characteristic old town centre of Macerata with the famous Sphaeristerium, a grand neoclassical building, erected for ball bracelet game and today used for cultural and artistic manifestations.
Return to hotel, and dinner