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On the occasion of my birthday today, I bring you all the holy town of Loreto -one of the most important pilgrimage town in Italy. The town attracts over 4 million visitors each year and holds the Holy House of Mary of Nazareth believed to have flown from Palestine by four angels. Although I am neither a Catholic nor religious enough to know more than this, Loreto is the mecca for Catholics in simple terms.

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This town had more tourists than anywhere else in Marche

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Pretty details

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I’d like to go here next time

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The imposing Loreto basilica

The main site to see in Loreto is its basilica made in Gothic and Renaissance style. It will stop you dead in your tracks because it is simply breath-taking! The basilica has been designed by many notable architects such as Baccio Pontelli, Giuliano da Sangallo and Giovanni Ghioldi.

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Piazza della Madonna

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An evening stroll or Passeggiata

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The piazza is HUGE!

The piazza holding the basilica is enormous and equally beautiful! There are handicraft shops selling intricate woodwork and kitchen products and a few bars worth peeking into. A very old shop selling delicious pizza is right opposite the basilica and makes a great option for a quick lunch or dinner.

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Cappuccino with a view

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Tourist free after 6

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Fontana Maggiore

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Empty Loreto

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Dome inspired by Filippo Brunelleschi

Loreto is a historic city of Marche that should not be missed. That being said, the erratic nature of public transport and sometimes the lack of it altogether, makes it impossible to see Marche unless you must have a car. I say that in every post not to deter you but to make you aware of this shortcoming. Had it not been for DiscoverMarche I don’t know how I would have traveled across this region.

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