Montalto delle Marche

Montalto delle Marche is a comune (municipality) and former Latin catholic bishopric in the Province of Ascoli Piceno in the Italian region Le Marche, located in the hilly area that goes from the Adriatic cost to the Sibillini Mountains, at a distance of about 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of Ancona and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) north of Ascoli Piceno, with a population of 1 991 inhabitants. The municipal territory covers a 34 km² area.

Montalto delle Marche
Comune di Montalto delle Marche
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Location of Montalto delle Marche
Montalto delle Marche is located in Italy
Montalto delle Marche
Montalto delle Marche
Location of Montalto delle Marche in Italy
Montalto delle Marche is located in Marche
Montalto delle Marche
Montalto delle Marche
Montalto delle Marche (Marche)
Coordinates: 42°59′14″N 13°36′25″E / 42.98722°N 13.60694°E / 42.98722; 13.60694Coordinates: 42°59′14″N 13°36′25″E / 42.98722°N 13.60694°E / 42.98722; 13.60694
CountryItaly
RegionMarche
ProvinceAscoli Piceno (AP)
FrazioniMadonna del Lago, Patrignone, Porchia
Government
 • MayorDaniel Matricardi
Area
 • Total34.1 km2 (13.2 sq mi)
Elevation
512 m (1,680 ft)
Population
 (30 November 2019)[3]
 • Total1,991
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Montaltesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
63068
Dialing code0736
WebsiteOfficial website

The municipality of Montalto is organised in a central town (Montalto) and three hamlets: Porchia, Patrignone, and an urban agglomeration in "c.da Lago" (located in Valdaso, along the Aso river).

Montalto delle Marche is still structured around the medieval village. Along the walls, there are three main gates who provide the access to the central fortification, which is divided into three main areas: the Cassero, the Peracchia and Piazza Umberto I. The modern part of the city is located on the northeast side, and includes the main square (Piazza Sisto V) and the monumental Cathedral, constructed by the desire of Pope Sixtus V.

The hamlets of Porchia and Patrignone are also medieval villages, once autonomous municipalities: the medieval fortifications are still existing.

Montalto delle Marche borders the following municipalities: Carassai, Castignano, Cossignano, Monte Rinaldo, Montedinove, Montelparo, Ortezzano.

HistoryEdit

The territory of Montalto was already inhabited in prehistoric times: in the Archaeological Museum there are several findings and exhibits form the Neolithic (6000 BC), from the Apennine people (2500 BC) and from the Picenum and Roman periods. In the fourteenth century, the local communities organized themselves in the free municipalities of Montalto, Patrignone and Porchia.

In 1418 Montalto started to independently elect the Podestà, and in the 15th century was part of the land of Presidato Farfense, as part of the Papal States.

Since 1586, on the will of Pope Sixtus V, the city began the capital of "Presidato di Montalto" (State of Montalto), which included 13 municipalities under its control. Furthermore, a State Mint is founded.

In 1798, during the French "Italian Campaign", Montalto rose up against the Napoleonic army: the Bishop of Montalto, Mons. Castiglioni (future Pope Pius VIII), was arrested and deported to Mantua.

With the restoration of 1816, Montalto became the a capital district, including the municipalities of Amandola, Offida, Ripatransone and San Benedetto del Tronto. The heritage of the State of Montalto was definitely suppressed in 1861, with the end of the Papal States and the Italian unification.

Among the "illustrious citizens" of Montalto:

Monuments and places of interestEdit

  • Montalto Cathedral
  • Sant'Agostino Monastery
  • Sixtine Museum (Museo Sistino Vescovile)
  • Sacconi Palace
  • Paradisi Palace, with the private chapel "Chiesa di San Pietro"
  • Archeological Museum
  • Prison Museum (Museo delle Carceri)
  • Pasqualini Palace
  • Palace of the Governor of the State of Montalto (now Municipal Town Hall)
  • Santa Maria in Viminatu Church (loc. Patrignone)
  • Santa Lucia Church (loc. Porchia)
  • Oratory of the Madonna of Reggio (Beata Vergine della Ghiara)
  • Church of Madonna Tonna
  • Church of Annunziata

SocietyEdit

DemographyEdit

Events and AssociationsEdit

La Notte delle Streghe e dei FollettiEdit

Since 1991, every 12-13-14 of August, this characteristic event takes place in the old medieval town of Montalto. "La Notte delle Streghe e dei folletti" (literally the night of the Witches and the Elves) is a famous festival for families and children: in the charming old town, Witches, goblins and Elves play with the main characters of the fairy tales, until the wicked old witch is burned in the main square.

Associazione Giovanile Montaltese "MyClan"Edit

The Youth Association of Montalto (better known as MyClan) was founded in 2010. It organizes sport tournaments, concerts, parties, exhibitions and festivals. MyClan organizes the patronal feast of "San Vito Martire" (15 June) and the "Casserata, a festival of Cassero", a traditional food festival held every year on the third weekend of July.

"La Cordata" ChoirEdit

"La Cordata" is an alpine and popular-inspired choir of male voices. Founded in 1984 during an excursion to the Monastery of S.Leonardo (just above the gorges of Infernaccio, in Sibillini Mountains), "La Cordata" is directed since its foundation by M° Patrizio Paci. The choir organizes every year the "Festival degli Appennini", hosting the best choirs in Italy.

AdministrationEdit

Majors
Period Major Party
8 June 2009 25 May 2014 Guido Mastrosani Democratica
26 May 2014 26 May 2019 Raffaele Tassotti Montalto Viva
27 May 2019 in office Daniel Matricardi Montalto Viva

Town-twinning arrangementsEdit

SportEdit

FootballEdit

The main team is the F.C. Montalto 1979, born in 1979. The team colors are yellow and red.

The "Atletico Porchia" is the team of the hamlet of Porchia. The team colors are white and blue.

TennisEdit

Since 2012 there is a red clay court held by the tennis club "Il Salice". The tennis club organize tournaments and participate to several competition with its team.

MotocrossEdit

An internationally known motocross track (Lugugnano Cross Park) is located in the Lugugnano district and is active since 2001. The LMT Racing Team is the resident team who takes care of the motocross school.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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