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43,123 inhabitants. Macerata is a nice, small town that is right on the top of a hill and it resembles the typical Italian panorama, just about 300 meters above the sea level. The city is pretty, probably not as breathtaking as some of the most famous ones such as Florence, Rome or Venice, however it still represents a pleasant visit and interesting historical site to see. Two areas worth seeing are the Porta Mercato (Market Door) and Porta Montana, two doors that in the past were access points to the city. The Cathedral completed in 1464 is also worth visiting, as well as Palazzo of the Priori and the palace of the Regione.
The economy in Macerata is fairly wealthy and mostly based on agriculture, but the city has had its turmoil. Indeed, Macerata in its history was always in caught in major political disputes, often deteriorating into wars. An important fascist center at first, then the Nazis occupied it and for a couple years before the end of the World War II, things were very hard for Macerata's citizens.
Let's come to our time, and suggest another unique site, the Church of Santa Mary della Misericordia, built in only one day, the 15th of August 1477, during the summer holiday of Ferragosto, a Roman holyday, redesignated by the Catholic Church in honor of the Virgin Mary. And indeed, according to legend the Virgin Mary appeared here in Macerata, inspirign the building of the another Church right outside the town, called Santa Maria del Sabato (Saint Mary of the Saturday). To end our list of churches to be visited in Macerata, in its perfect Barocco style we should include the Church of San Filippo (Saint Philip).
For the religious, every year it is possible to join the "Holy Walk" from Macerata to Loreto, site of a very important sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. However, before that, to get enough energy, we strongly advise that you try out the local dish, the "Vincisgrassi", which is a sort of baked pasta.
As far as museums are concerned there is a great collection of 1900 Italian art featured at Palazzo Ricci, and it is good to visit the Museum of the Nativity, as well as the Museum of the Italian Risorgimento, where the acts that led to the unification of Italy are featured.
Our last note is dedicated to an important celebrity, who was born in Macerata, Dante Ferretti. Mr. Ferretti is world known as one of the best film directors in the history of cinema, following some of the most successful Hollywood productions. Ferretti is indeed Martin Scorsese's favorite director and so far his efforts have earned him two Oscars.