Recanati is a town with 21 423 inhabitants ( 31 December 2012) in the Italian Marche region (Central - eastern Italy, capital of Ancona ) and the seat of a bishop.


The city is located 30 km south of Ancona and 10 km from the Adriatic coast. Is located nearby the " ocean access " and the port of Porto Recanati. The Old Town stretches along a 278 m above sea level. NN lying range of hills between the valleys of the rivers Potenza and Musone.


The Cathedral of San Flaviano was in the 14th - 15th Century built and holds, among others, the grave monument of Pope Gregory XII. , Who died in Recanati after retiring in 1415 from the papacy in 1417. The Church of San Domenico is a beautiful stone portal from the 15th century by Giuliano da Maiano and a fresco by Lorenzo Lotto. In addition, numerous churches, picturesque old palaces, the Palazzo Comunale and the Torre del Borgo from the 12th century are worth seeing. An art gallery is located in the Villa Colloredo Mels with pictures of Lorenzo Lotto.

The Casa Leopardi

Place in Recanati

Piazza Leopardi with the monument by Giacomo Leopardi


Like most Italian cities Recanati is strongly influenced Catholic. Insbesonderen the nearby Loreto pilgrimage site with its local Black Madonna religious image greatly influenced. Recently, however, even small Protestant congregations have been founded. One is changed with about 20 members, of course in a neighboring town. The other, a small Pentecostal church, consists precisely in its establishment phase.

Since the Middle Ages there was a thriving Jewish community. For the originally resident family Recanati is one of Rabbi Menachem Recanati from the late 13th century.


Since 2010, Recanati is twinned with Blaj in Romania.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • The city is the birthplace of the poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), where it involuntarily spent a large part of his life because of financial dependence on his family. Even today, the birthplace of the poet is to visit the Casa Leopardi. Inside is the famous, compiled by Giacomo Leopardi Leopardi father Monaldo library (about 20,000 volumes), in which the young poet undertook his philological studies. At Leopardi in Recanati also remember a monument and various notes.
  • Tommaso antici (1731 - 1812) Italian cardinal
  • Giuseppe Persiani (1799-1869), Italian composer
  • Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), Italian singer
  • Franco Uncini, Italian motorcyclist