Guided tour of Camerino – province of Macerata

Town of art of ancient origins, Camerino is located between the valleys of the Chienti and Potenza rivers in an enchanting hilltop position at 661m a.s.l.; from here we can enjoy a marvellous view of the Sibillini mountains and surrounding countryside. Noted for having one of the oldest Universities in Italy which was established in Medieval times, during the Renaissance it became an important centre of culture under the noble family of the da Varano. Today, Camerino offers the visitor, by way of its impressive architectural structures and its artistic masterpieces, traces of a glorious and fascinating past.

To visit with a Camerino tour guide:

Cathedral of San Venanzio (Saint Venantius), from the Middle Ages, conserves a magnificent Gothic floral portal of the 14th century;

Art Gallery and Municipal Museums, set in the former convent of S. Domenico. The Art Gallery holds ample collection of canvases representative of theSchool of Camerino Painting. A must-see is Annunciation by Giovanni Angelo d’Antonio.

Piazza Cavour, harmonious town centre, is surrounded by noteworthy historial buildings, at its centre rises the bronze statue of Pope Sixtus V from 1587;

Ducal Palace, University main building, displays a beautiful Renaissance four-sided portico and a balcony from where you can take an enchanting look at the Sibillini mountains;

Cathedral, Cathedral, rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century, the crypt contains the Gothic sarcogaphus of S. Ansovino (Saint Ansovinus);

The Archbishop’s Palace, The Archbishop’s Palace, of Renaissance forms and erected in the latter half of the 16th century, holds the Diocesan Museum;

The Filippo Marchetti Theatre, Neoclassical work by the architect Ghinelli (1856), and redone over time, in 1881 it was dedicated to this famous Camerino musician;

Church of San Filippo (Saint Philip), in Baroque, keeps the famous canvas of the “Madonna in gloria e San Filippo” by the Venetian painter Gian Battista Tiepolo;

Borgesca Fortress, an imposing construction desired by Cesare Borgia (1503) to control the south-west section of the town, today it is the centre for a park.

Near Camerino we advise a guided tour of the Romanesque church of San Maroto, in the townland of Pievebovigliana.