Tolentino is situated on low hills in the valley of Chienti river. Its name is famous for the peace signed between Napoleone Buonaparte and Pope Pio VI in 1797 and also famous for the battle of 1815 near the castle of Rancia with the defeat of Gioacchino Murat and the Pope restoration.
Basilica S. Nicholas - Cappellone of Giotto school
What to see
The basilica of S. Nicholas, goal of pilgrims, has a beautiful gothic portal, a ceiling with compartments dated 1628, has paintings of Guercino and Rossellino and splendid frescoes of 14th century.
It is interesting also the cloister, the museum of the ceramics and the museum of the Treasure. In the historical center is situated the palace Parisani Bezzi where Napoleone slept and signed the treaty.
Basilica S. Nicholas
Close to Tolentino it is interesting also the castle of Rancia on the road towards Civitanova.
It is important also the abbey of Chiaravalle di Fiastra of the 11th century and the cloister of the 14th century. This abbey has been an important cultural center and religious and it is situated on the road from Macerata to Ascoli Piceno.
L'abbazia di Chiaravalle di Fiastra
Continuing on the same road, few kilometers later, you find the ruins of Urbs Salvia, the roman city of the first century b.C., destroyed by Ghots (about 400 p.C.) and whose ruins inspired the poet Dante Alighieri about the lapsing of every thing.
Along the valley of Chienti, near Macerata, is situated the beautiful romanic church of S. Claudius in Chienti, formed by two churches superposed, with two towers on the facade.
More far away, towards Civitanova, close Montecosaro Scalo the historically most important monastic church of S. Maria to Piè di Chienti, but still very important for beauty and suggestion.
Montecosaro scalo: S. Maria a Piè di Chienti