Jesi verdicchio wine Trail: Poggio San Marcello

Poggio San Marcello – Photo © MarcoL

Ancient village enclosed within the walls, San Marcello is situated on a hill 231 meters high above sea level. Its territory covers 25.5 square kilometers, along the left bank of the river Esino, north-west of the city ‘of Frederick II, which is only 9 kilometers.

The country and the fraction Acquasanta home to a population of around 2,000 people. And among the features that make San Marcello appreciate not only its residents but also visitors will have the peace ‘, the wonderful presence of historical and artistic references, traditions and specialties’ delights.

To reach the hill town, 30 km away from the regional capital, you can ‘take the Highway 14 exit at Ancona north, walk up the road. The nearest railway ‘station is in Jesi, while Falconara Airport is located approximately 20 kilometers.


The first human settlement in the territory of San Marcello is dated around the year one thousand. When a group of Benedictine monks, who had reclaimed the valley dell’Esino, he moved from the Abbey of Moie towards the hills of the area on the left side of the river, building on the highest point ‘up a monastery and a church dedicated to San Marcello Pope . The 1234 is the year that marks the founding of the country, which is connected to a “migration” in which a group of men, will ‘and at the request of the town of Jesi, settle on top’ of the mountain of San Marcello in exchange for plots of soil. The group of citizens, however, soon becomes autonomous from the town of Jesi.

Destroyed towards the goal ‘of the fourteenth century, during the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the castle of San Marcello was rebuilt in 1429, complete with walls and doors. In 1511 obtained from the Dean of Jesi, the first of the Castles of the County, the privilege to put on a coat of arms the lion rampant crowned, and a few decades later, in 1579, we see recognized administrative autonomy, joining in Jesi, as provided by the Government papal States. After that date the history of San Marcello coincides with that of the Area alternating with periods of economic prosperity and vitality ‘social, other crises and depressions. In 1808, with the split from his Castelli di Jesi, becomes independent municipality and with the Unit ‘national is among the municipalities within the province of Ancona.

San Marcello – Photo ©

What to See

Still well preserved, the castle walls of San Marcello occur interspersed with square towers and cylindrical. At the south entrance of the village, just outside of the round tower, is the church of Santa Maria del Rosario, built in 1508 and rebuilt a century more ‘late. On the inside there is a wonderful painting by Andrea da Jesi, depicting a “Madonna and Child with St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony the Hermit,” and “Crucifixion” in the bezel: the table for “the vagueness of the landscape, the grace of motion and stillness of the composition “refers, according to the critic Alcibiades Moretti,” the most ‘excellent paintings of the school of Raphael. “The church also houses a painting by Anthony Sarti depicting the “Madonna with Child and Saints” in 1618.

The church of St. Joseph, inside the city walls, was restored after the earthquake of 1930 and holds a painting by Giuseppe Bottani, dated 1748.

Detail of the bell tower of the building, which is a fairly uncommon for unequal sides. Not far away is the parish church of San Marcello, built in 1693 and dedicated to the patron saint of the following year. The facade has been completely redone while inside are six altars preserved eighteenth century, as well as two remarkable paintings: “San Marcello” of unknown (early eighteenth century) and a “Deposition” attributed at first to Lilli and today, after a restoration, in Camillus Pacerius Urbinas (1587) has signed it. Among the other buildings of architectural interest, must be reported the Renaissance Palazzo Marcelli, the civic tower and the city theater, a small jewel currently undergoing restoration.

San Marcello – Photo ©

Festivals and celebrations

Sausage Festival – It ‘a traditional folk festival which is held on Easter Monday. The sausage is generally cooked on the grill and serves as a side dish to many dishes made of pork.

Feast of Sammarcellese away – It ‘a festival that takes place in the month of August in honor of the emigrants, which ends with a communal meal. In fact, in San Marcello, so ‘as in other towns of the Area, occurred in the last decades an exodus of the local population towards the city’ that offered more jobs.

This’ despite the inhabitants do not forget their native country and return each summer to be able to find the family atmosphere.

Feast of the Patron Saint Marcellus, January 16 – Religious celebrations

Palio Sammarcellese – This is a feature match between districts, at which is also organized a race of donkeys. It takes place on the last Sunday of July with great audience participation. Also on this occasion are set up food stands with tasting of typical products of the place, watered by the “Verdicchio” and “Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.”

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