Jesi verdicchio wine Trail: Montecarotto

Montecarotto-Photo © Little Earthquake

Montecarotto-Photo © Little Earthquake

From the natural terraces of Montecarotto, one of the most important fortifications of the Esino Valley, you can admire a wonderful landscape, that ranges from the Adriatic Sea to the Pre-Apennines mountains.

It is very rich in works of art, which enrich the village’s churches.
Height 388 m.

History

It is situated between the Esino and the Misa rivers valleys. Its name Mons arcis ruptaerecalls an ancient fortress, built to defend a strategically important village, whose ruins testimony its existence; today, on these ruins rises the collegiate church of Montecarotto.

This fortress is surrounded by a rural agglomerate, which became important in the XI-XII century. As become a castle, it joined the rural area of Jesi (XIII century), together with the other important center, Cupramontana.

Although a considerable population decrease has been taking place due to the abandoning of the fields, Montecarotto, however, has developed and even qualified the typical vine and wine production.

Photo © karlvollmers

Photo © karlvollmers

What to visit

The wonderful Town Walls, built in 1509 according to the plan of the Architect Albertino di Giacomo from Cremona, is one of the most interesting fortifications of the Esino Valley. Particularly remarkable is the polygonal tower with its open gallery and the cylindrical turret.

The Collegiate Church - built at the end of the XVIII century on the ruins of the Medieval Castle. Inside the church, you can admire the remarkable and wonderful “Virgin with the Angels” painted by Ramazzani (XVI century), “Mary Immaculate with the Saints” by Sarti (XVII century) and a beautiful wooden statue of Christ (XVII century). The church boasts also extremely precious ornaments and vestments and an organ dating back to the beginning of the XVIII century. Inside the Crypt of Maria Leonia Baldoni, there are several relics of saints and martyrs.

The Conventual Church of St. Francis – built in 1612 but consecrated firstly in 1803. Here you can admire a “Nativity” by Antonio Massi from Jesi (XVII century) and a bas-relief with the “Adoration of St. Francis”.

Other works of art are situated inside the Church of St. Philip (a wonderful painting of a Madonna with child and an ancient painting (XIX century) and inside the Church of the Crucifix (remarkable is the ancient wooden crucifix).

The Communal Theatre - built according to the plan of Raffaele Grilli, an architect from Jesi, it presents the traditional “horseshoe” structure. In 1877, it was inaugurated and at present, it is to be restored.

The Mail Art Museum - opened in 1985, it is situated over the Communal Theatre and was furnished by the architect Paolo Daganello from Milan. This museum boasts many collection pieces of postal works.

Festivals

National Festival of the Pasquella Songs – January 6 th
Exhibition-Market of the Marches’ wines- 1st week of July Meeting, wines exhibitions, tasting, art exhibitions, musicals and plays – 1st week of July
St. Placido Fair – Last Sunday of September

Courtesy of Strada del verdicchio di Jesi – Jesi verdicchio wine Trail.