Corinaldo-Artistic and Cultural Itinerary

An itinerary through the historical town centre on the trail of the noble palaces, museums, art collections and the splendid Carlo Goldoni Theatre, which extends beyond the city walls, with the villas in the countryside and finally the splendid cities of art in our region.

20) The Town Hall

 

Built between 1784 and 1791, it is a notable example of neo-classical architecture with a long loggia looking over Via del Corso. In addition to the public offices, it originally also hosted the school, the apartment of the city magistrates, the court rooms and the Palace Chapel.

On the ground floor, visitors can see the cannon made of fig tree wood, used during the historical re-enactment of the Dispute of the Well. From the large staircase, we access the large Arnaldo Ciani hall, which contains the portraits of several noble citizens who made Corinaldo famous. The collection can be viewed in the opening hours of the Municipal Building, from Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and on Tuesday and Thursday also between 3.30pm and 6.15pm.

22) Carlo Goldoni City Theatre

A jewel of civil architecture, the Theatre was built between 1861 and 1869, based on a design by Alessandro Pasqui from Florence, with the participation of the engineers Francesco Fellini, Crescentino Quagliani and Achille Buffoni; it featured a system by which the audience could be lifted up to reach the level of the stage, a useful function for creating a single floor on which to hold balls and masked New Year’s Eve parties. Restored in 2006, all its contraptions have been lost, from the lifting system to the stage machinery. In the period from December to May of each year, the theatre season gets underway, attracting audiences from towns throughout the province.

23) The 15th century House

A rare example of rural architecture, this is the oldest residential building in Corinaldo. Laid out over three floors, it hosted the cow shed on the ground floor, the kitchen on the first floor and the common room on the top floor. The façade, with its small openings and the perch placed on iron hooks remains unchanged. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Corinaldo Pro Loco (Community Association).

The noble palaces

From 1400 onwards, all the noble families of Corinaldo built splendid houses that symbolised their prestige. Over the centuries, these residences were the subject of continuous renovation and improvement interventions, and often proved to be true works of art in architectural terms.

24  Palazzo Amati, in typical Renaissance style.

25  Palazzo Orlandi, from the late Renaissance period.

26  Palazzo Cesarini-Grimaldi, on the main floor, it features a rare “umbrella” ceiling.

27  Palazzo Fata Ottaviani (Marcolini), imposing building from the late 17th century.

28  Palazz o Palma-Marangoni (now known as  Palazzo Della  Meraviglia). 16th century building with facade featuring sandstone reliefs.

29 Palazzo Sandreani, with a magnificent border in brick outlines from the sky to the ground.

30  Palazzo Rossi Ricci, from the 19th century period.

31  Palazzo Mazzoleni-Ciani, with original entrance gateway.

32  Palazzo Ridolfi, home of the famous painter from the Veneto region.

33  Palazzo Cimarelli, home of the historian Vincenzo Maria Cimarelli.

34  Palazzo Sforza, an attractive nineteenth century house

35  Palazzo Brunori, with noteworthy structural and panoramic elements

36  Palazzo Cesarini Duranti, 18th century.

The Country Villas

From the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century, the noble families in the area built country residences or hunting lodges in line with the trends popular at that time, often renovating old buildings within their grounds. These always had gardens of a decent size, where fountains set in a context featuring trees and bushes, often of an exotic nature, created particularly striking spectacles. The most notable examples are: the villas of the Count Brunori families in Via S. Apollonia, Villa Grandi in Viale Raffaello, Villa Venturoli Orlandi Romaldi in Viale degli Eroi, the Sandreani Villa in Madonna del Piano and the S. Isidoro Villa, the country residence of the Augustinians at the Burello, but most of all, the villa of Counts Cesarini Romaldi (closed to visitors) with its eclectic park, in Via del Montale.

The museums

53 Claudio Ridolfi City Art Collection

The Corinaldo picture gallery is located in some of the rooms within the former convent of the Order of Hermits of St Augustine. The art collection, mainly composed following the suppression of the religious orders and the consequent forfeiture of their assets, not only includes many paintings with religious subjects, but also precious religious ornaments which are examples of the so-called “rural arts”. In particular, there are eighteen splendid bust reliquaries sculpted, painted wood, the extremely fine work of Sicilian sculptors from the early 1600s and a beautiful cross used to head processions in embossed silver, dated 1615, from the former Augustinian complex. These have been joined by altarpieces recovered from churches demolished during the nineteenth century and finally, canvases deposited there by other churches in Corinaldo. The picture gallery contains works by Ercole Ramazzani, Giuseppe Bastiani, Claudio Ridolfi, Domenico Peruzzini and Giuseppe Marchesi and also several works from the vast production of Nori de’ Nobili, an artist from the Marche region of the 1900s, whose passion for the figurative arts generated pictorial works of an extremely high level. The collection is open every day from 10am to 12.30pm and from 3.30pm to 7pm.

54 Madonna del Piano Museum and the Santa Maria in Portuno Archeological Park

The exhibition hall inside the Madonna del Piano church features didactic layouts that go from the reconstruction of the ancient environment to the production activities performed during the Roman period. Period vases and a stratigraphy of the excavations are also on display. One sector is dedicated to the monastery and all the religious, cultural and productive activities. Other displays present a collection of ceramic materials, items in stone and coins found during the excavations. Opening hours are established by the Circolo ACLI of Madonna del Piano: public holidays and weekends 9am-12pm and 1pm-8pm, open weekdays by booking only.

55 Costume Gallery and Museum of Popular Tradition

Located in the rooms beneath the Town Hall, it contains the clothes worn during the historical re-enactment of the Dispute of the Well of Polenta. These garments are created each year by local dressmakers and are only used once, then exhibited here, documenting the evolution of the 16th century costume, year after year. The tools used to work the fabrics are also on display. The Gallery is open: from 1 July to 31 August, from Monday to Friday between 9am and 12pm and between 4pm and 7pm, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 12pm and between 5pm and 7pm. During the rest of the year, it is open at the weekend on request.

Places to visit nearby:

1 Urbino – UNESCO World Heritage Site

2 Recanati – Leopardi’s home town

3 Macerata – Art and history in the Sphaeristerium

4 Jesi – The Emperor’s city

5 Ancona – A thousand year-old tale from Mount Conero to the sea