Province of Macerata

The Marches, Italy

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Province of Macerata
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About Province of Macerata

The province of Macerata (Italian: province of Macerata) is a province in the Marche region. Its capital is the city of Macerata. The province includes 55 municipalities (Italian: municipalities) in the province, see Municipalities of the Province of Macerata. Situated between the Potenza (Flosis) and Chienti rivers, both originating in the province, the city of Macerata is located on a hill.

The province contains, among numerous historical sites, the Roman settlement of Helvia Recina, destroyed by order of Alaric I, king of the Visigoths, in 408. The province was part of the Papal States from 1445 (with an interruption during the invasion French during the Napoleonic wars), until the unification of Italy in 1860. The University of Macerata was formed in the province in 1260 and was known as the University of Piceno from 1540, when Pope Paul III issued a bull naming it so. The city of Camerino, home to another historic university, is also located in the region.

Cingoli was founded in the province as Cingulum, also known as "The balcony of the Marche" for its view of the surroundings. Tolentino was founded by the Romans as Tolentinum, while Recanati is widely known as the birthplace of the poet Giacomo Leopardi. Massimo Girotti, an actor, was born in Mogliano in the province of Macerata.

The province's 1,459.61 square kilometers (563.56 square miles) are agricultural land and 124.95 square kilometers (48.24 square miles) are urbanized. The two largest municipalities are Macerata and Civitanova Marche, both with c. 40,000 inhabitants.

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