If you have read my previous post on Palazzo Donati, you know how much I loved staying there. Continuing my experience, let us experience Italia in the town of Mercatello sul Metauro in Le Marche.
Experience Italia: Mercatello sul Metauro
Mercatello sul Metauro is situated in the Eastern Italian region of Le Marche. The village is centered around Piazza Garibaldi and dates to the 12th century BC. Mercatello is a really picturesque place surrounded by the mountains and the river Metauro running flowing on the side. Boasting a population of only 1,500, it is a tiny little village with 3 supermarkets, many quaint stores and Bars…There are endless characteristic streets and gorgeous churches to take a peek in.
Currently, Mercatello’s theatre is in restoration as it was destroyed during years ago in an earthquake.
Visiting Mercatello is a great way to experience life in small town Italy.
What to See in Mercatello sul Metauro
1. Piazza Garibaldi: If you visit Mercatello for a short or a long stay, you can’t miss the main square i.e. Piazza Garibaldi. This is where everything begins and ends. Piazza Garibaldi is a gorgeous square with Franco’s Bar, a local butcher’s shop and plenty of stores for you to wander around in. You will see locals before 1 p.m and after 4 p.m. Piazza Garibaldi is the hub for everything and on the weekends there are markets where farmers get fresh produce from around the area.
2. Pieve Collegiata: Your next stop should be Pieve Collegiata -a church with sacred objects and furnishing from the time of Romanesque-Byzantine. Pieve Collegiata is stunning inside out and is located on Piazza Garibaldi. The bell tower of this church was shattered in an earthquake and was made again later. The church is really worth a stop!
3. Chiesa e Museo di San Francesco: Built in 1235, the Church of San Francesco is another stop for you in Mercatello. This church was made both in Romanesque and Gothic styles and has sculpted interiors from sand stones. There are paintings from around the 14th-17th century. Inside the church is the museum of San Francesco that is opened only on request.
Ask a local to get it opened if you are there, there are guides available in English, Italian and German.
4. Centro Storico: The centro storico is almost the entire town itself! The medieval village atmosphere is extremely charming and dreamy. There are no dearth of pretty streets that will make you want to settle in Mercatello.
Apart from these, Mercatello has many other places of interest such as the Church of Santa Croce, Stefani Palace, Ducal Palace etc. that you can see if you have time in hand.
This tiny village is probably what your soul needs!!
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All in all, Mercatello left a lasting impression on me. So much so that by the end of the trip, everyone in the town knew me as “Indiana” -the “Indian girl” who had visited. Everyone at Franco’s Bar knew who I was and after a while, I felt as if I was part of their little town! If you’re visiting Northern Le Marche, consider a visit to this borgo.
How to Reach Mercatello sul Metauro
The best way to reach Mercatello is by car. The nearest train stations to Mercatello are Pesaro and Arezzo. There are options to take buses from Urbino!!
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