The Holy Town of Loreto

On the occasion of my birthday today, I want to share about the holy town of Loreto in Le Marche. One of the most important pilgrimage town in Italy, it attracts over 4 million visitors every year!! It also 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- the Holy town of Italy!

This town had more tourists than anywhere else in Marche
Loreto: Pretty details
Loreto: I’d like to go here next time
Loreto: The imposing 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.

Loreto: Piazza della Madonna
Loreto: An evening stroll or Passeggiata
Loreto: piazza is HUGE!

The piazza with 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.

Loreto: Cappuccino with a view
Loreto: Tourist free after 6
Loreto: Fontana Maggiore
Empty Loreto
Loreto’s Dome is inspired by Filippo Brunelleschi

Loreto is a historic city of Le Marche that should not be missed.

How to Reach:

The erratic nature of public transport and sometimes the lack of it altogether, makes it impossible to see this region 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!



83 thoughts on “The Holy Town of Loreto

  1. So glad you made it to Loreto! In fact scholars have shown that the Holy House actually did come from Jesus’s homeland, and they suggest it was brought by ship.BTW glad you liked my various posts on Cagli, Romanesque churches and Marchigiane libraries. Did you ever get to Cagli? it can be pretty quiet too. Tourists would love these towns, especially as they aren’t oppressively crowded to say the least! Anything we can do to encourage visitors …

    1. True! They discovered that that home used to be worshipped in the Holy Land as the “house of Miriam” ( =house of Mary) and they have recently found documents showing that a family called Angeli financed the transport of the Holy House to Italy. That’s how they could sell the story of “angels transporting the house to Italy”…they did actually, as “angeli” means angels in Italian 😉

    2. Very intrigued! No I didn’t.. This time I could only see most of the must see cities and towns. I’m still left with Urbino and Ascoli. Next time! Loved your posts.

  2. Lovely pictures! <3 And yeah, sadly several places are not easy to reach through public transportation 🙁 It's true that it's not a "flat" country and we have Apennines and Alps which are not easy to pass, but I would like a more efficent system of public transportation :/

      1. Eh, it can be quite tricky moving around Veneto with the bus…mainly because there are several bus companies (which still don’t allow you to pay your bus ride through apps and it’s difficult to find the tickets) and the towns often are not that well connected between them (mainly because of the roads and the morphology of the territory). But it also depends on the towns you want to visit. Some of them even have the train station or are easily reachable by bus, others are quite remote. For example Bassano del Grappa is quite easy to reach, Asolo not so much imo.
        For this reason I have just started to fill in a page called “italy through public transportation” in my blog to help people understand how to move around.
        When and if you plan to come, just ask and I’ll try to help you 🙂

        1. Oh dear similar to Marche I think. Well yes you are the person I will ask 😉 And trouble lol. I want to see the main towns of Veneto first the bigger ones like Padua, Vicenza etc and then make my way to places like Asolo. Maybe we can meet there!

  3. such a a very beautiful place. Italy has all it has to be called beautiful. I#ve been in Venice and I was awestrucked when I did the gondola tour…. and this place Loreta is truely anotgher must see place in Italy.

    1. Thanks Mayur 🙂 Happened in a lot of places. And regarding your question on Instagram, I am not the right person to tell you about the job scenario in Italy. Read forums on it. Or contact a local.

  4. Mia cara Ishita, now I’m a little bit sad because I’m thinking of that day and and I’m also thinking of our laugh and chat and…everything. It has been a great adventure we had that week and I never regret the moment we decided to do it together.
    We are all missing you!
    Un forte abbraccio

  5. Happy Birthday, Ishita! Hope you have another travel-filled year!
    I love how you write about the “other” gems of Italy! The Loreto Basilica is so incredible, and houses one of my favourite fresco cycles on the ceiling of the Sacristy of St. Mark – the 8 angels and prophets of Melozzo da Forli. Looking forward to more of your stories!

  6. Happy belated birthday! This is absolutely beautiful. And honestly, I really don’t think you have to be Catholic to appreciate the beauty and splendor. But it is fascinating to see how holy sites affect all kinds of people. I was raised partially Catholic and holy places, no matter the denomination, have always fascinated me. Then, again, I’ve done a post on my beliefs a while back.

  7. It’s so true that some of the best hidden gems are only accessible by car. I think I’ll never be able to stop exploring Italy! Little towns like these are my favorite.

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