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Loreto, a hill town, is a comune of the Italian province of Ancona, in the Marche and most commonly known as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site.

Comune di Loreto
Piazza della Madonna with façade of the Basilica
Piazza della Madonna with façade of the Basilica
Coat of arms of Loreto
Coat of arms
Location of Loreto
Loreto is located in Italy
Location of Loreto in Italy
Loreto is located in Marche
Loreto (Marche)
Coordinates: 43°26′20″N 13°36′31″E / 43.43889°N 13.60861°E / 43.43889; 13.60861
ProvinceAncona (AN)
FrazioniCostabianca, Grotte, Stazione, Villa Berghigna, Villa Costantina, Villa Musone, Villa Papa
 • MayorPaolo Niccoletti
 • Total17.69 km2 (6.83 sq mi)
127 m (417 ft)
(28 February 2009)
 • Total12,278
 • Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Loretani or Lauretani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code071
Patron saintBirth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint dayDecember 10
WebsiteOfficial website



Loreto is located 127 metres (417 feet) above sea level on the right bank of the Musone river and 22 kilometres (14 miles) by rail south-southeast of Ancona; like many places in the Marche, it provides good views from the Apennines to the Adriatic.

Main sightsEdit

The city's main monuments occupy the four sides of the piazza: the college of the Jesuits; the Palazzo Comunale (formerly the Palazzo Apostolico), designed by Bramante, that houses an art gallery with works of Lorenzo Lotto, Vouet and Annibale Carracci as well as a collection of maiolica, and the Shrine of the Holy House (Santuario della Santa Casa). It also boasts a massive line of walls, designed by the architect ( and military engineer ) Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, which were erected from 1518 and reinforced in the 17th century.


Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

See alsoEdit


  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Loreto (Italy)". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 7.
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