The medieval walled town of Macerata is found in the Marche region of eastern central Italy. Built between the 16th and 19th centuries, the town has an understated dignity, with striking Renaissance architecture surrounding two-tiered arcades and fine palaces. Macerata is a hugely cultural place to visit, adorned with provincial art galleries, charming cafes and surrounded by outstanding Roman relics. However, most people will have originally been drawn to a holiday rental villa in Macerata for the world famous open air Opera Festival in July.
The Macerata Opera Festival is staged in the colossal Sferisterio arena, a masterpiece of Neoclassical architecture which, although originally designed for Pallone (Italian football), perfectly resonates the operatic marvels which unfold below. During July when the festival is staged, holiday homes in Macerata become even more popular than they are during the rest of the year due to the international audience which make the journey annually, so booking early is usually essential.
During the rest of the year, Macerata, Italy, is a quite, dignified city with many stunning palaces, and places of special interest to visit. Located off the main square, the Piazza della Liberta, the Corso Matteotti is lined with some of the town’s most extravagant palaces, including the beautiful Palazzo dei Diamanti. The adjacent Corso della Republica is home to fine provincial art galleries and excellent museums relating the Italian history from the Unification of Italy through until the present day.
Surrounding the town is a range of magnificent Roman ruins. Within just a few kilometres of a self catering Macerata villa is the settlement of Helvia Ricina, where you can still see the focal points of a Roman town, including a range of villas and a huge amphitheatre.
The centre of the province is a beautiful rural region of green rolling hills and traditional farmland, making a Macerata holiday home ideal for walking holidays exploring the heartland of the department in luxury.
Tolentino is probably the best known town in Macerata, Italy. Its fame is down to the huge, humbling church build in the town centre which is adorned with some of the most celebrated frescos in the whole of Italy.
Macerata is located in a temperate region of Italy, where summer temperatures reach a calming 25°C during the summer months, resulting in long, warm summer’s evenings, perfect for an evening at the Macerata Opera Festival or enjoying a glass of wine on the balcony of a self catering holiday rental in the town.
Ryanair fly direct from Stansted (STN) to Ancona Airport (AOI), which is within an hour of all of the Macerata holiday rentals. Rimini (RMI) and Pescara (PSR) airports are within two hours, and have a slightly larger range of departure points from the UK.