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MONTEGIORGIO

Montegiorgio rises on one hill of the Tenna valley near Ascoli Piceno and owns a dominant position on the surrounding territory, encircled by the Adriatic sea to the east and by the Sibillini Mounts to the west.

In spite of the presence on the territory of populations already from the prehistoric age and the Picen age, Montegiorgio appears in the history in 1000 in some documents that record the presence of some Benedictines monks coming from the powerful Abbey of Farfa in locality “Mons Sanctae Marie in Georgio”.
In 1099 were constructed the walls that still encircle the village and Montegiorgio became free Comune (Municipality) with a strong connection with the city of Fermo.
Towards the half of the '200 Franciscans and Agostinians also arrived and erected theirs churches. In 1400 the S.Chiara's monastery was constructed also.
Subsequently the village knew the lordship of Visconti, clashing with the Pope, Sforza (1434) in order to return then under the papal infuence with the Rovere family.
In 1528 Montegiorgio it endured the invasion of bands of mercenaries returning from the Rome's sack who plundered the village burning beyond 200 houses.
In 1637 it was erected the S.Andrea's Monastery for the Franciscan nuns and in 1726 the convent of the Suore Terziarie di Sant'Agostino.
At the end of the '700 Montegiorgio was shocked by the arrival of the Napoleonic troops that, diffusing the ideals of the Republic, did not forget to make raid of the Italian artistic patrimony and Montegiorgio did not make exception.
Returned under the infuence of the Church, Montegiorgio remained until its unification to the Reign of Italy (1860).

Montegiorgio can be approached through one of its three doors. Once arrived in the main public square, Piazza Matteotti, it's possible to admire Palazzo Passari. Nearby the public square there's the Church of S.Chiara, with beautiful external stairs, and the Theatre (1878).
Going down towards Sant'Andrea Door there's the Church of San Francesco and the beautiful Church of San Giacomo (XIV sec.).
Almost from every part of the village panoramic views on the surrounding valley can be enjoyed by the visitor of Montegiorgio.

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