Fermo is a medieval town in the southern part of Le Marche. Situated on top of a hill with a view of the surrounding villages, Fermo gives a sense of tranquility better than any of the other towns in Marche.
Practically devoid of tourists, Fermo has the most beautiful and linear piazza in all of Marche. The town is dotted with lovely boutiques and cafes, a gigantic town hall and a rich historic library.
Unfortunately I was able to see only one of the things above because Fermo was hit by an earthquake in August 2016 that left most of its treasures in ruins. The thought of it is heartbreaking and it was even sadder to see the state of things myself.
But Fermo does have a line of rich cultural sites.
The Biblioteca Civica Romolo Spezioli (closed due to the earthquake) is a popular public library with a Globe Room and manuscripts, documents and designs from the 17th century. There is also a modern library just next to it with computerized catalogues. The Biblioteca is known to be a treasure of the town and I have it on my list for next time.
Another important cultural site is the Palazzo dei Priori from the 13th century. The Palazzo was closed to the earthquake and so was it’s Civic Art gallery that is filled with Gothic artwork. Again, for next time!
Since these two were out of bounds, I went to the Teatro dell’Aquila-a spectacular site and one that surely should not to be missed in Fermo! Thankfully it was open and a local helped to get inside even though there was an International Violin Competition going on. The theatre was made in the 18th century and is known to be of prime importance for the cultural activities in Le Marche.
Hope you enjoyed a walk in the town. I thank DiscoverMarche and the Mayor of Fermo for making my short stay in the town so rich and inspiring. The Mayor was kind enough to gift me a frame of the Biblioteca Comunale. I will never forget Fermo! Grazie mille.
How to Reach:
You can reach Fermo from the Ancona airport or the Porto San Giorgio railway station. There are buses from the train station every 30 minutes to the centre of Fermo.