Sometimes there is nothing better than diving into local culture through the eyes of a poet. While reading fascinating novels and poems we can even imagine being there with the main characters, so why don’t you visit the beautiful hometowns of the most representative Italian novelists?
Giacomo Leopardi was probably the greatest Italian writer who dealt with Romanticism and the reflection on human beings and their existence. His works, that date back to the XIX Century, are still considered unique and inspired many others later in the centuries.
Despite living most of his life in a remote town of the Papal State, Recanati, Leopardi came in contact with several writers and philosophers, who enriched his personal ideas. Therefore, there is no wonder why Recanati played a crucial role in the growth of Leopardi, both as an individual and as an author.
Located in the charming Marche region, an off the beaten path area, Recanati benefits from a stunning position over the hills and it is just 20 minutes driving from the Adriatic coastline and near Conero Regional Park.
Keep on reading below to know more about Recanati highlights and Leopardi’s bond with his hometown.
What to see in Recanati: a Leopardi’s itinerary
The best way to reach the lovely Recanati is definitely by car. Just take the A14 Highway towards Ancona and follow the signs to Recanati. Being a medieval town on the hills, most of its city center is for pedestrians: however, there are many parking areas where to leave your car and proceed upstairs, taking the elevator which offers a breathtaking view of its surroundings.
The bond between Recanati and Leopardi is undeniable: while walking here and there you can recognize the places he described in his poems. Moreover, the central square of the old town bears the same name: Piazza Giacomo Leopardi. Here you can admire symbols of both faith and power. In fact, both San Domenico Church and the City Hall are located there.
San Domenico Church dates back to the XIII Century, when Dominicans arrived in town. It was built over the ruins of an ancient pagan temple. The main facade, made of Istrian Stone, is provided with a decorated portal with columns on both sides: they are based on lion figures and Corinthian capitals.
In the same square, the impressive Torre del Borgo stands out. This is a medieval tower adorned with Ghibellin crenellation at the top. It is 36 meters high and its foundation dates back to the XIII Century, when it became the symbol of the political unification of all the Castles of the surrounding area in only one city. Today it hosts the Recanati Museum.
Keep on walking to the eastern side of the town and you will reach S. Agostino Church, which is adorned with refined details both on the facade and on the altar. Outside, on the right side of the church, it is possible to visit the peaceful cloister. Do not forget to look at the renowned tower that inspired Leopardi for his poem “Il Passero solitario”.
Keep on going and you will get to Colle dell’Infinito, a fascinating place where to admire the same breathtaking view that inspired the Italian poet for one of his major works.
Not far from there, it is possible to visit Leopardi’s Home that is now turned into a museum where to discover all about his life and works. Today, Leopardi’s Home is still inhabited by his descendants: this is why it is only partially visible.
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