Ancient stone buildings mingle with brightly painted facades in the village of Mercatello sul Metauro in the Le Marche province of Italy. Located about 62 miles west of Ancona, the tiny village is home to only 1,300 residents. Some of the homes were built of stone without the use of mortar. Those that remain are becoming harder to maintain, as very few craftsmen remain who are capable of building in this manner.
In addition to offering visitors glimpses down charming old streets like this one, the commune is home to the 13th century Gothic church of St. Francis, which houses a rich collection of sacred objects and furnishings. Included are important pinacoteca that contains tables from the 12th and 14th centuries, paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as frescoes and various stone sculptures. Considering the tiny size of the town, the collection is remarkable in its scope and quality.
Author’s note: I was a guest of Palazzo Donati during my stay in the Le Marche region of Italy. However, the receipt and acceptance of complimentary items or services will never influence the content, topics, or posts in this blog. I write the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
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