Province of Fermo

The Marches, Italy

Province of Fermo
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About Province of Fermo

The province of Fermo (Italian: Fermo province) is a province in the Marche region of central Italy. It was established in 2004 and became operational in 2009. Its administrative center and provincial capital is the city of Fermo (population of 37,995 inhabitants). Other important cities include Porto Sant'Elpidio (25,118 inhabitants), Porto San Giorgio (16,201 inhabitants), Sant'Elpidio a Mare (16,838 inhabitants) and Montegranaro (13,358 inhabitants). As of 2017, the province has a population of 174,358 inhabitants and covers an area of 862.77 square kilometers (333.12 square miles). Contains 40 municipalities.


A 1861 report by Minister Minghetti to Prince Eugene of Savoy, lieutenant of the king, justified the merger of the small and fragmented provinces of southern Marche into a single large province, a move to overcome the historical border between the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the Papal States. The inhabitants of Abruzzo and Cardinal Filippo de Angelis were against this. Despite this, 58% of the population of Fermo voted in favor of the merger of some minor provinces and the province of Ascoli-Fermo was created and became known as Ascoli Piceno.

In 2000, supporters of the establishment of a new province of Fermo exploited a pact between the Northern League and Forza Italia that had made a series of proposals relating to the establishment of provincial bodies, including one that later led to the foundation of the province of Monza and Brianza. Fabrizio Cesetti was the only signatory of the act which constituted the province, which was delayed due to the conclusion of the XIII legislature of Italy. Subsequently, law 147/2004 was approved and the province of Fermo was established in 2004 .


The Province of Fermo is located in the Marches, in central Italy, and extends from the Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. Its main geographical feature is the valley of the River Tenna. This river rises on the mountains, enters the province near Servigliano, crosses Grottazzolina and Montegiorgio and reaches the sea near Sant'Elpidio a Mare and Porto Sant'Elpidio. The Aso river forms the southern border of the province, separating it from the province of Ascoli Piceno. It rises in the mountains and flows into the Adriatic Sea in Pedaso. To the north of the province is the province of Macerata. Footwear and leather goods are produced in the area and the main agricultural products are cereals, vegetables, grapes, olives and livestock.

The city of Fermo, the capital of the province, is a fascinating historic center perched on a hill. It has a historic center, a large square and a cathedral dating back to 1227 with a Gothic facade. There are also traces of a Roman amphitheater nearby. The nearby town of Porto San Giorgio has a castle dating back to 1269, which protected the valley leading to Fermo.


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