Pioraco

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Pioraco
Comune
Comune di Pioraco
Coat of arms of Pioraco
Coat of arms
Pioraco is located in Italy
Pioraco
Pioraco
Location of Pioraco in Italy
Coordinates: 43°11′N 12°59′E / 43.183°N 12.983°E / 43.183; 12.983
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province Macerata (MC)
Frazioni Seppio
Government
 • Mayor Giovan Battista Torresi
Area
 • Total 19.5 km2 (7.5 sq mi)
Elevation 443 m (1,453 ft)
Population (31 December 2010[1])
 • Total 1,307
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym Piorachesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 62025
Dialing code 0737

Pioraco is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Macerata in the Italian region Marche, located about 60 km southwest of Ancona and about 40 km southwest of Macerata.

History[edit]

The territory of Pioraco was settled in the Neolithic Age, as shown by the remains of a Bronze Age sanctuary on the top of Monte Primo (late 11th-early 10th centuries BC). In Roman times, Pioraco was a settlement on a branch of the Via Flaminia, with bridges, temples, public edifices and an aqueduct.

In the Middle Ages, it housed a castle which was a residence of the Da Varano family, lords of the nearby Camerino. The presence of paper mills, still active today, is attested from 1346.

Main sights[edit]

  • Pieve of San Vittorino, known from 1119, built over the remains of a Roman temple, parts of which were used for its construction. It houses frescoes and baptismal font from 1646.
  • Romanesque church of San Francesco (1327), with a polygonal apse. The interior was remade in Baroque style: it houses an Annunciation attributed to Arcangelo di Cola and a Via Crucis by Francesco Mancini. The annexed convent has a frescoed cloister.
  • Church of Santissimo Crocifisso, in Lombard-Gothic style. It is home to a Crucifix attributed to Girolamo di Giovanni.
  • Church of Madonna della Grotta, a small 18th century edifice built in a niche in the rocks, used as hermitage. It has a 15th century wooden statue of the "Madonna with Child".
  • Roman Bridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.