Fermo Italy is located in the Marche region (Central Italy), surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes and views imaginable. Here you will see what remains of the defensive walls that protected the population in wartime. Fermo Italy is situated atop Sabulo hill, allowing visitors to view the spectacular landscapes below. This area is also famous for the best shoe production in the country and amazing fruit fields, along with the stunning peach blossoming during the spring. Large Roman cisterns, amazing museums, gorgeous churches, and historic places: are you ready to discover this amazing territory?
The Duomo is the town’s most significant historical monument, having been nearly completely reconstructed by Giorgio de Como in 1227. The façade, side portal, and campanile are wonderful examples of gothic architecture. The rose window above the main door dates back to 1348 and the porch houses a number of tombs. The interior has been updated over the years and is now fairly modern. Surrounding the Duomo are some exquisitely maintained gardens.
Fermo has a long and storied history, and the existence of several archaeological sites are proof of that. You can still see remnants of a Roman amphitheater, and ancient walls built many centuries ago, in the form of large rectangular limestone blocks placed on the outside edge of Porta San Francisco. There are also visible remains of battlement walls constructed in medieval times. Visitors can also tour San Francesco Church with its gorgeous tower and intricate brick choir, both dating back to 1240, with the rest having been restored in the 17th Century.
Those wanting more history can tour the ancient palace known as Palazzo Comunale that now holds the well-known Biblioteca Comunale with its enormous collection of ancient volumes and inscriptions. The palazzo was constructed in 1446 and houses a huge statue of Pope Sixtus V, which was erected when the palace was restored centuries ago.
Places to visit and things to do in Fermo Italy
Visit the city center
Piazza del Popolo, the main square, is the heart of the town, built in Renaissance style. Accurate in its forms, it is bordered by two 16th century porticoes.
Discover the Roman cisterns
Walking along an area of extraordinary beauty, you come across the late-medieval entrance to the large Roman cisterns, considered a true patrimony of the Augustan Age- and the ingenious idea of Vitruvius. Almost certainly this underground system was decided to realize what are commonly called limestone pools to meet an otherwise non-fulfilling water requirement. Fascinating, isn’t it?
Palazzo dei Priori and the Globe Room
The Palazzo dei Priori was built in 1269 from the union of a noble palace dating back to 13th century and an ancient church. It houses today the Civic Art Gallery of Fermo.
The Civic Library is characterized by the splendid globe, which has a diameter of 2 meters, designed by the cartographer Silvestro Amanzio Moroncelli in 1713.
This majestic room conserves the library’s oldest collection, composed of more than 16.000 volumes, mainly of the 16th century – deriving mostly from donations of Romolo Spezioli, who was Queen Christine of Sweden’s doctor.
Since the 16th century, in “Le Marche” existed a theatrical tradition. The building of theatrical structures of various dimensions has contributed to the development of a real architectural tradition. The theatre represented the “status symbol” of the society of that time, and a meeting place for the aristocracy, the emerging classes, and also for all the people.
The construction of the impressive ” Teatro Dell’Aquila” has been long and full of difficulties over the centuries.
This began a new global restoration of the structure that has lasted up until 1997, the year of the official reopening of the theater.
Enjoy the historical parade Cavalcata dell’Assunta
Every year in Fermo August 15th in the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, a historical parade is held: the Cavalcata dell’Assunta.
The holidays begin with the Palio, followed by many ancient activities and traditions: medieval dinners, show, and medieval games (horse races, Archery, Race between drummers, etc).
Discover the reign of the best Italian shoes
Did you know that the best Italian shoes (and shoe outlets) are produced in the Fermo province? Famous brands like Hogan, Tod’s, Nero Giardini, Tod’s, Bikkembergs, Loriblu, and many others, are produced in Italy in Le Marche -in the Fermano Shoe District. The footwear district includes also the provinces of Macerata and Ascoli Piceno.
It’s also possible to find many handmade shoes and accessories, one of the best “Made in Italy” symbols. The territory’s economy is predominantly based on the shoe’s production; it is here that the best shoes are manufactured thanks to the small-medium businesses rooted in the whole area. The heart of the district area Montegranaro, Porto Sant’Elpidio, Sant’Elpidio a Mare, and Monte San Pietrangeli world leaders in this field.
Taste typical Food
Visitors will be delighted to know that the cuisine in Fermo mixes tasty local ingredients to create long-standing dishes typical of local culture. Traditions are passed from one generation to the next through gastronomy. The relationship that exists between food and the region is what makes the town’s Festival for Typical Products of Le Marche the perfect venue for showcasing the Region’s produce (Tipicità or Made in Marche Festival).
Many local products are typical of the region, including a variety of wines, cheeses, cured meats, cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables, pasta, fish, jams, honey, liqueurs, and extra-virgin olive oil. The festival gives visitors a unique chance to taste the delicacies of the whole region, especially the olive all’ascolana, ciauscolo, fossa cheese, Campofilone maccheroncini, mulled wine, fig lonza, Fabriano salame, and truffles.
Campofilone maccheroncini is a thin pasta that is only produced in this area of the region. It has always been one of my favorite Italian pastas and is highly recommended. It cooks in just one minute!
You will find many small pizzerias and restaurants in Fermo, serving traditional local dishes, along with a lot of charming osterias and trattorias run by locals that take pride in serving home-cooked Italian dishes. These eateries are very popular with locals. You can find some highly recommended by some local friends: Il Frantoio l’Osteria, Retroscena, Le Gall Restaurant, Trattoria Trentasette.
Fermo Italy: go shopping
In Montegranaro, Torre San Patrizio, Sant’Elpidio a Mare, and Monte San Pietrangeli you will find a modern and dynamic landscape known for producing the best Italian shoes.
Fermo is filled with many small shops that sell unique handmade items by local artisans. People looking for authentic antiques can find them in the older parts of the city. This is also where tourists can find souvenirs (authentic objects, not touristic souvenirs). There are also a lot of food stores that sell high-quality olive oil, cheeses, and sausages.
Getting Around Town and surroundings
You can easily walk around Fermo and manage to see all the major historical and cultural sites because they’re all located close to each other in the center of town. Walking is the most convenient way to make your way around town. Although Fermo is small, it has many artistic treasures that you can enjoy as you walk around these charming medieval streets.
Many visitors describe the town of Fermo as one giant museum because everywhere you turn you find an archaeological relic going back to the Romans and the Picentini people. The city is full of intriguing abbeys, Medieval towers, gorgeous churches, and centuries-old palaces. You can see remnants of the farming methods in the Benedictine abbey and Roman villa, whereas the villages and palaces tell the story of Medieval communes.
The Picentini built the Belmonte and Grottazzolina centers for the purpose of processing amber and the “Lord of the Horses” is a perfect example in its handle. The remains of the Romans is quite apparent in the cisterns at Fermo, a fully intact theatre, Monte Rinaldo’s Hellenistic temple, and the remains of Roman villas.
You can also experience remnants of the Lombards in the churches of Falerone and Belmonte. Prior to the era of the communes, the 9th Century Farfensi Monks transformed the town by building abbeys and castles. Make sure you visit Santa Maria Mater Domini di Ponzano.
The coastline of the province consists of beautiful long beaches with plenty of trees for shade. The most popular tourist beaches are the Lido in Fermo, Porto Sant’Elpidio, the Porto San Giorgio promenade, the gravely strips of Marina di Altidona and Marina Palmensa, and the Pedaso coves. These provide visitors with a beautiful natural environment and abundant tourist services that go from the port to the extensive cycling trails. There is plenty to see and do: don’t miss the lively trattorias.
Outside of the beach areas, there are several lively little towns with charming streets and historic discoveries like the fishermen’s tiny houses in Porto Sant’Elpidio, and the Rocca Tiepolo, the intact fishing village at Porto San Giorgio. This was built back in the 13th Century to defend the port that at that time traded with Venice, and to protect the Pedaso lighthouse.
You can also find the village of Torre di Palme, situated far from the center of Fermo, high up on the headland. At first fortified, then subsequently developed around the churches, it now offers a spectacular view of the sea while being surrounded by lush Mediterranean foliage. It’s a really charming village overlooking the sea: don’t miss it!
The 28-mile Park of the Sibillini goes through the centers of Montefortino and Amandola, but the entrances are in the villages of Montefortino and Smerillo. This park offers unparalleled views of these spectacular mountain ranges.
Originally named Firmum Picenum, this Roman colony was founded in 264 BC and ultimately became one of the Empire’s most important governmental headquarters. Four Roman quaestors governed the town at that point in time.
Fermo Italy has incredible historical significance, and there is no denying how beautiful the surrounding countryside is, making Fermo definitely worth visiting. Nestled within a gorgeous ridge of rolling hills filled with ancient villages that bear the remains of centuries of traditions, art, and history going back centuries.
Valdaso, Faldete, and Valtenna are this region’s main valleys where you will see meticulously maintained agricultural fields interspersed with modern industrial factories, which reveal the character of the residents as hard-working, determined, and creative. Valdaso in particular is known for its amazing fruit fields, along with the incredible peach blossoming in spring: not only in Japan you can find this gorgeous landscape. You can read more about it in this article: Le Marche Tours.
Adventurous tourists are often found passing through Fermo when leaving the beaches to hike the mountains. Making their way through the beautiful blend of flatlands, hills, and cliffs, they find the stately, yet the secretive city of Fermo.
The villages along the way reveal traces of the Romans and the historic Piceni people. Visitors can meander through the abbey and hamlets and feel the cultural significance of the Middle Ages. One can become lost in the many images of the Madonnas of Crivelli and the incredible places of Licini.
Origins of the name Fermo
The etymology indicates the concept of “firmum” or “stable”, “strong”, which probably refers to its function as a “fortified guard station” in the surrounding area.
Getting to Fermo Italy
The entire region where Fermo is located is blessed with an extensive network of buses that run throughout the day that can take visitors to the city. You can also get around Fermo on a bicycle, as several places rent it to visitors. I recommend that you leave your rental car parked at your hotel, as it’s not really necessary for you to see the town. However, it will be useful when exploring the surrounding areas. I always suggest travelers rent a car to explore the Marche Region: local transport connections are not the best option in my opinion. A car trip is quite pleasant because the entire area is so beautiful. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the drive with the magnificent panoramas you’ll see.
Best Hotels in Fermo & surroundings
Fermo has plenty of excellent hotels and B&Bs for visitors who want to enjoy the excitement of staying in town. People who want a more relaxing experience can rent one of many villas and country homes situated outside of town in the countryside or in other municipalities of the Fermo Province.
Find below a selection of some recommended accommodation in the municipality and the Province: Resort A Palazzo, Monterosato Country House, Hotel Boutique Leone, Villa Lattanzi and Casale Biancopecora. I’ve been to Casale Biancopecora some years ago and I really recommend it! Massimo and Michela -the hosts- are very friendly, and the apartments are very charming!
Buying or Renting properties in Fermo
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We would be delighted to help you explore the amazing region of Le Marche and are sure that you will find Fermo especially enchanting.
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