Recanati rises on the top of a hill with an exceptional panoramic view from Monte Conero to the Sibillini Mountains. This ancient town is full of Leopardi’s suggestions and it has also collected the legacy of the tenor Beniamino Gigli and the painter Lorenzo Lotto. The eighteenth-century Palazzo Leopardi, the poet’s birthplace, still inhabited by his descendants and located in Piazza “Sabato del villaggio”, defenitely worth a visit. The famous Tower of Passero Solitario: in the courtyard of the cloister of Sant’Agostino you can see the tower made famous by the poem “Il Passero Solitario” (The Lonely Sparrow).
Piazza Leopardi is the main square where the Palazzo Comunale stands behind the monument dedicated to the great poet. This building houses the Beniamino Gigli Museum with stage costumes, photographs, and memorabilia of the great tenor from Recanati. Do not miss the Pinacoteca Civica, which boasts a prestigious collection of paintings by Lorenzo Lotto. In addition to the cultural and historical visit to the city, it is worth discovering its gastronomic traditions. Make sure you taste the ‘piccicasanti’ which is a typical sticky soup, rabbit in potacchio sauce and local olive oil.
More information for visits to Leopardi’s places at www.giacomoleopardi.it or www.recanatiturismo.it
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