Back to the Spiritual Tourism at slow pace in Marche-Italy

Officially named the most beautiful village in Italy in 2007 and included in the top places in 2021, Corinaldo (AN) in the fall of 2021, after an articulated process of re-evaluation and enhancement, relaunches 10 itineraries Gorettiani, thus proposing a new path of Spiritual Tourism to give space and offer a travel dimension to the many faces of spirituality. A slow-paced journey through mystical, symbolic and historical places in the cradle of culture and transcendence that is central Italy, with its wealth of stories, anecdotes and unique views that inspired poets such as Giacomo Leopardi, Carducci and Pascoli, but also characters such as St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Santa Maria Goretti – who spent his earliest childhood in Corinaldo – and many others

Starting from Corinaldo, passing through the famous Recanati, Loreto and Urbino, UNESCO heritage sites, arriving at the Castles of Arcevia, Genga, the Frasassi Caves and the evocative Velvet Hills: these are the stages of the renewed Goretti itineraries, places and spaces to discover the roots of the heart of the Bel Paese, but also to immerse oneself in a complexity of feeling that brings together Christian spirituality with poetic thought and more. Because, as the academic Carlo Bo wrote, “Le Marche live in the air, suspended within an idea of poetry that is as free as ever, for which even the history that has often been illustrious no longer has any specific weight and is absolved by another pronunciation of things”.

Goretti’s itineraries start from Corinaldo (AN), birthplace of Santa Maria Goretti, a village with an evident medieval tradition, rich in alleys and unexpected views, with its historical monuments and the Hall of Costume and Popular Traditions where 16th century clothes are on display, but also with anecdotes and stories, such as that of the cunning Scuretto or of the Fico Cannon which earned Corinaldo the name of “town of the madmen”.
Among the itineraries, just a short distance from Corinaldo, there is the first ecclesiastical park in Italy: Terre di Senigallia – Fede Semplicità Bellezza, a project born out of the strong will of the Italian Episcopal Conference. An unusual park, to rediscover the Christian cultural tradition of the territory, closely linked to the rural culture and the artistic-cultural aspects of the excellences of the Marche region. Among history, spirituality and art, among the stops along the way there is also the Civica Raccolta d’arte Claudio Ridolfi, an important seventeenth century artist who worked here, and the Museum of Monastic Arts.

It continues with the green of the first Apennines through a land that hides wonders worthy of the best architectural heritage. Among these are the Castles of Arcevia, villages that hide unexpected riches in which Guelphs and Ghibellines fought, as well as the town of Genga, known for its underground tour of the Frasassi Caves. Genga offers the possibility to visit other places with a strong emotional and spiritual charge as the temples carved into the rock, including the Temple of Valadier and the Church of San Vittore alle Chiuse.

Between Loreto and Recanati there is the third itinerary that allows you to discover one of the most important places of Christianity as the holy house of the Virgin Mary, which according to tradition was transported directly from Nazareth.
The lands of the Duke of Urbino offer an immersion in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, with Urbino UNESCO heritage. Don’t miss Piero della Francesca’s masterpieces in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche and Raphael’s house, but also Gradara: a rather peculiar fortress that according to tradition was the setting of Dante’s love story between Paolo and Francesca.

The tour of the four most beautiful villages in Italy includes Corinaldo “town of the madmen”, Offagna with its splendid walls built for military defense, Mondolfo which features the church of San Gervasio di Bulgaria and Mondavio which offers a faithful reconstruction of court life inside its medieval fortress.
The marvelous Velvet Hills are one of the focal points of the medieval and bucolic culture of the Marche region, on which we pass from characteristic medieval villages and views such as Ostra and Ostra Vetere to true pearls of the Renaissance.

A total immersion in spirituality and monastic life while respecting prayer times. This, finally, is what the itineraries of the Hermitages and Monasteries of the Marche offer and the grand tour of spirituality and meditation that starts from the hermitage of S. Maria di Valdisasso in Valleremita up to the Abbey of Chiaravalle, passing through the Sanctuary of Macereto in the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains and Serra de’ Conti, a small town in the Marche that hosts a fascinating museum dedicated to monastic arts.

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