Getting down to Macerata
The easiest way to reach the city is by the state buses, which are quite punctual and extensively cover most towns and cities in the region to Macerata. If you want to take a bus it’s not necessary to buy tickets in advance, they can be purchased at the station before leaving. Another comfortable option for reaching Macerata is to drive into the city.
Moving Around in Macerata
Blessed with natural beauty Macerata is one of the best cities in the region to walk around in. The strategic, elevated position of the compact historic center offers gorgeous panoramic views of the landscape below and is easily navigated on foot. To explore the modern part of the city you can walk, use public transportation or drive.
Sightseeing in Macerata
The city’s main square is the Piazza dell Liberta. One of the important buildings here is the Loggia dei Mercanti, which has two-tier arcades that date back to Renaissance times.
The Duomo of Macerata was built in 1771 and is the most important building in the city. The architecture of the cathedral is neo-classical in style. The beautiful bell tower dates back to the 15th century and is a remnant of the original building that stood on the site. The interior of the cathedral was beautifully designed by Cosimo Morelli.
The Palazzo Buonaccorsi was built in 1700 for Count Raimondo Buonccorsi based on the designs of Giovanni Battista Contini. One of the most famous parts of the palazzo is the Piano Nobile, which features the beautiful Sala dell’Eneide, decorated with sublime frescoes by artists like Solimena, Dardani and Rambaldi. The palazzo also has a beautiful canvas painted by Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole and other works by Granceschini, Balestra Lazzarini and Gambarini.
San Claudio al Chienti Church is located south of the main town and was built in the Romanesque style. The shape of the 14th century church is quite unusual because it was built on the remains of an older church.
Stay and Accommodation
Macerata attracts quite a lot of tourists, especially during opera season, so there are great accommodations in the city. Some of the best hotels in Macerata are Albergo Arena, Hotel Arcadia, Albergo Lauri, Hotel I Clauri and Hotel Claudiana. There are also a few inexpensive bed and breakfasts in the city. If you want to visit Macerta during the summer boo ahead—it is very difficult to get hotel rooms during July and August.
In Macerata there are plenty of good restaurants, pizzerias, osterias and trattorias where visitors can sample good Italian food and regional specialities. Some of the most well known restaurants in the city are Ristorante Le Case Di Giosue Marcello, Ristorante Osteria Dei Fiori Di Carducci Iginia, Trattoria Da Rosa and Trattoria da Ezio.
Shopping in Macerata
Plenty of good handicraft and souvenir shops are located in the older part of the city. There are also a few good wine shops that sell local wines.