Fermo is a town which was once the largest in the Le Marche region. Fermo is a medieval hill town you can find 40 minutes from Hotel Leone. The dominance of this town is its cathedral which you can see from a distance as you approach. Being only 6 km from the Adriatic coast, you can imagine what an amazing view Fermo has to offer.
Once you arrive, start your tour at the Piazza del Popolo, where the Palazzo dei Priori is located. This palace was built in the late 13th century and is now an Art Gallery and Archaeological Museum of Picenum. In the Art gallery, you will find works ranging from the Medieval Ages to the 9th century and some of the important artists include Jacobello di Bonomo, Vincenzo Pagani and Paul Rubens. The Archaeological museum exhibits mainly pre-Roman artifacts discovered in Fermo and the surrounding areas.
Close to the palace is the Town library, known as the richest library in Le Marche. There are almost 12,000 books dating back from the 16th century to the early 18th century, most of them about medicine or science.
Located under the buildings on the east side of the Piazza del Popolo is the famous Roman Cistern, also called the “the pools of depuration”. These cisterns played an important role as a reservoir of drinking water in the past and they're a great example of Roman hydraulic engineering that supplied and distributed water to the whole town.
On the way to the cathedral, along Via Mazzani, you can visit the beautiful Fermo theatre, Teatro dell’Aquila. Teatro dell’Aquilla is one of the largest and most prestigious theatrical centres in the LeMarche region, seating up to 1,000 people. Once inside, of great interest, is the ceiling painted with mythological scenes, the old curtain and the gorgeous chandelier with metal branches and wooden leaves.
The cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta lies on the top of the Girifalco Hill. From here the view ranges from the Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic sea. It’s a truly spectacular place. The cathedral is a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic styles and you can admire some very prestigious works by Giacomo Palmieri and Aldo Sergiacomi.
Outside of the town, you can visit the Villa Vitali, a seat of The Musei Scientifici. Villa Vitali hosts the Ethnographic Polar Museum, Ornithological Museum, Meteorite Room and Pipe museum, which is the only one of its kind in the whole of Italy.
If you still have time to spare other places worthy of a visit are Carmine Church and the Church of St. Philip, the medieval Matteucci Tower and Paccaroni Palace.
Fermo is a beautiful Roman town definitely worth a visit. They also hold an antique market every Thursday in July and August and there are other events during the high season, for instance, the Guitar festival, international amateur cycling competitions and Palio dell’Assunta, an historical re-enactment, which takes place in August.
Don’t forget to put Fermo on your list of places to visit while you’re in Le Marche.