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 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of Ancona and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) 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.