Torre di Palme


ID: #15429
Type: Villages and city of art
Location: Macerata and Fermo Hinterland
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What to visit in Torre di Palme

Crenellated Tower and the city walls

Surely one of the things to see is the beautiful crenellated tower. It was built around the XIIIth century and was part of the protection system (with it there were many other five towers) built to defend the ancient castle of Torre di Palme. The crenellated tower is very characteristic because it is part of a typical Ghibelline building in a place always fort of the Church. This uniqueness was possible thanks to Frederick II of Swabia very attached to our land, which during his rule wanted the reconstruction of the castle walls and also the battlements. Let’s say that Torre di Palme was the protagonist of that era where even the Marches were the territory of “investiture fights“.

As you well know, on one side there was the papacy and on the other the Empire. Fermo sided with the Empire while instead Torre di Palme with the Papacy. All this is really testified again by very important documents in which the pontiffs of Alexander III, Clement III and Urban IV are mentioned. The walls that you will notice throughout the arch of your walk belong to the XIIIth century, you can also notice the covered walkways.

Church of Sant’Agostino

This is a place that you should definitely visit. It looks like a brick construction in a late-Gothic style and inside you will find the very valuable Polyptych by Vittore Crivelli as well as a Lombard sarcophagus. Not only that, on the left wall you will find an oil on Mannerist table where the Madonna with Child is depicted among Saints Sebastian, Christopher, Rocco and Nicola di Vincenzo Pagani. The reliquary shrine located on the right of the presbytery, and the Relic of the Cross of Christ found in a precious Stauroteca are also very beautiful. Do not miss the eighteenth-century images of Madonna del Santo Rosario (Our Lady of the Holy Rosary).

Church of Santa Maria a Mare

The church of Santa Maria a Mare is one of the churches that you cannot miss. It dates back to the 12th-13th century and has a unique structure to say the least. Inside you will find many valuable and unique works such as those of Sigismondo Nardi aus San Giorgio. The neoclassical style inside is embellished by the wonderful frescoes depicting the face of Sant’Andrea typical of the school of the Sanlimbeni brothers but also the school of Giotto with the images of San Sebastiano, the translation of the Santa Casa di Loreto, Santa Lucia, San Nicola da Tolentino, San Francesco and Santa Caterina d’Alessandria.

Other interesting places

The Oratory San Rocco with its imperious coat of arms of Torre di Palme and the inscription in the center MDXXIII (1523). The Bosco del Cugnolo, a wood that can be walked for 2 km and which takes place along a part of the fossil dune of Pliocene. A wonderful oasis where you can appreciate a Mediterranean Macchia with a beautiful flora, strawberry trees, holm oak and other essences. The Grotta degli Amanti (Cave of the Lovers) is a wonderful place that hides a rather fascinating story that you will have to discover.

Where to stay in Torre di Palme: Bed and Breakfast, Farmhouses, Country House (choose the recommended structure on the left column)

For families with children and strollers it is possible to visit the city on foot.

The city is accessible to disabled people.

Distance from the sea: 1.5 km

How to get to Torre di Palme by car:
From North and South: Take the A14 motorway (from the north towards Ancona and from the south towards Naples), exit at Fermo – Porto San Giorgio, continue on the SS 16, cross Porto San Giorgio and continue following signs for Fermo. From Ascoli Piceno: Take the SP 235, continue towards Ascoli-Mare RA11 highway, towards San Benedetto del Tronto – Ancona, continue on the A14 to Fermo – Porto San Giorgio, continue on the SS 16, cross Porto San Giorgio and continue following signs for Fermo.

How to reach Torre di Palme by train: Porto S. Giorgio-Fermo train station.

How to get to Torre di Palme by bus:
Autolinee Transfer; Rome-Marche Autolinee

How to reach Torre di Palme by plane:
Ancona Airport (about 72 km)



Via Mazzini 4, Fermo

Phone 0734.2841 Fax 0734.284293




Torre di Palme is a characteristic medieval village that is part of the circle of the castles of Fermo.

Torre di Palme stands on top of a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea, offering a spectacular view to the attentive observer.

The village of Torre di Palme developed thanks to the Augustinians, who also built a medieval castle with a strong defensive system.

Torre di Palme is a village architecturally characterized by a stylistic uniformity of medieval and renaissance buildings, elements that make it one of the most interesting historical centers of the region.

The ancient village is cut from west to east by via Piave which overlook the most significant buildings of the ancient town, moreover, allows you to admire incomparable urban views in which the narrow streets, framing wide views of the sea and the surrounding hills.

Interesting to see in Torre di Palme are the Church of San Giovanni del Mille, in stone ashlars and hanging arches, in which there are frescoes of the fifteenth century; the Palazzo Priorale with a round arch in the facade and a sail-shaped bell tower and the Church of Sant’Agostino, in gothic order, with an adjoining convent, with a typical red brick, whose gabled facade is ennobled by a beautiful gothic portal and a rose window: not to be missed, inside, a table by Vincenzo Pagani (1578) and an imposing polyptych by Vittore Crivelli.

Along the historical street you reach the Church of Santa Maria a Mare, built in the twelfth century, in stone and brick, interesting the interior with three naves with raised presbytery and Byzantine frescoes of the fourteenth century.

Opposite the church stands the Romanesque Oratory of San Rocco from the 12th century, whose 16th century portal bears the coat of arms of Torre di Palme.

The village is surrounded by the dense vegetation of the Boschetto di Cugnolo, a protected floristic area, interesting because it preserves typical species of the Mediterranean Macchia; the area is an ideal destination for hikers, also thanks to the suggestive Grotta degli Amanti, theater of the tragic love of Antonio and Laurina, the two lovers who found their death by throwing themselves into the void from the Fosso di San Filippo.

Ultime da Torre di Palme