Fermo

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Fermo
Comune
Città di Fermo
Panorama of Fermo.
Panorama of Fermo.
Fermo within the Province of Fermo
Fermo within the Province of Fermo
Fermo is located in Italy
Fermo
Fermo
Location of Fermo in Italy
Coordinates: 43°09′39″N 13°42′57″E / 43.16083°N 13.71583°E / 43.16083; 13.71583
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province / Metropolitan city Fermo (FM)
Frazioni see list
Government
 • Mayor Paolo Calcinaro (Civic List)
Area
 • Total 124 km2 (48 sq mi)
Elevation 319 m (1,047 ft)
Population (31 June 2015)
 • Total 37,732
 • Density 300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Fermani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 63023
Dialing code 0734
Patron saint St. Maria Assunta
Saint day August 15
Website Official website

Fermo [ˈfermo] About this sound listen  (ancient: Firmum Picenum) is a town and comune of the Marche, Italy, in the Province of Fermo.

Fermo is on a hill, the Sabulo, elevation 319 metres (1,047 ft), on a branch from Porto San Giorgio on the Adriatic coast railway.[1]

History[edit]

The oldest human remains from the area are funerary remains from the 9th–8th centuries BC, belonging to the Villanovan culture or the proto-Etruscan civilization.

The ancient Firmum Picenum was founded as a Latin colony, consisting of 6000 men, in 264 BC, after the conquest of the Picentes, as the local headquarters of the Roman power, to which it remained faithful. It was originally governed by five quaestors. It was made a colony with full rights after the battle of Philippi, the 4th Legion being settled there. It lay at the junction of roads to Pausulae, Urbs Salvia, and Asculum, connected to the coast road by a short branch road from Castellum Firmanum (Porto S. Giorgio).[1]

With the Pentapolis, in the 8th century it passed under the authority of the Holy See was thenceforth subject to the vicissitudes of the March of Ancona.[2] In the 10th century it became the capital of the Marchia Firmana.[1] Under the predecessors of Honorius III (1216–27) the bishops of city became prince-bishops, first with the secular rights of counts, and later as princes of Fermo.[2]

In 1199 it became a free city, and remained independent until 1550, when it was annexed to the Papal States.[1]

In the contest between the Hohenstaufen and the papacy, Fermo was besieged and captured several times; in 1176 by Archbishop Christian of Mainz, in 1192 by Emperor Henry Vl, in 1208 by Marcuald, Duke of Ravenna, in 1241 by Emperor Frederick II, and in 1245 by Manfred of Sicily. After this it was governed by different lords, who ruled as more or less legitimate vassals of the Holy See, e.g. the Monteverdi, Giovanni Visconti and Francesco Sforza (banished 1446), Oliverotto Euffreducci (murdered in 1503 by Cesare Borgia), who was succeeded by his son Ludovico, killed at the battle of Montegiorgio in 1520, when Fermo became again directly subjected to the Holy See.[2]

Fermo is has been the capital city of the new province of Fermo since 2009.

Geography[edit]

The municipality borders with Altidona, Belmonte Piceno, Francavilla d'Ete, Grottazzolina, Lapedona, Magliano di Tenna, Massa Fermana, Mogliano (MC), Monte Urano, Montegiorgio, Monterubbiano, Ponzano di Fermo, Porto San Giorgio, Porto Sant'Elpidio, Rapagnano, Sant'Elpidio a Mare and Torre San Patrizio.[3]

Frazioni[edit]

It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Camera, Campiglione, Cantagallo, Casabianca, Capodarco, Cartiera di Tenna, Concerie, Contrada Boara, Ete Palazzina, Faleriense, Gabbiano, Girola, Lido di Fermo, Madonnetta d'Ete, Marina Palmense, Moie, Molini Tenna, Montesecco, Montone, Parete, Pompeiana, Ponte Ete Vivo, Sacri Cuori, Salette, Salvano, San Biagio, San Girolamo, San Lorenzo, San Marco, San Michele, Lido San Tommaso, Torre di Palme and Villa San Claudio.

Main sights[edit]

The cathedral of Fermo.
Interior of the cathedral.

Secular buildings[edit]

  • The Roman theater; scant traces of an amphitheater also exist. Remains of the city wall, of rectangular blocks of hard limestone, may be seen just outside the Porta S. Francesco; whether the walling under the Casa Porti belongs to them is doubtful. The medieval embattled walls superposed on it are picturesque.[1]
cisterns of Fermo.
  • The cisterns of Fermo are an archaeological site situated on top of the hill, at 310 metres (1,020 ft) above sea level. Fermo boasts one of the most gigantic and well-preserved example of Roman cisterns in Italy. They were built around 1st century a.C. The structure is a rectangular construction of about 30 by 70 metres (98 by 230 ft) consisting of 30 underground rooms: they provided water for the city probably through public fountains. The underground pipe network above the cisterns was connected to a canal around the external walls. From the canal, small pipes brought water into the cisterns: water inlets are still visible inside the rooms. The cisterns are made of Opus caementicium which is the waterproofing old Roman concrete. The level of the water inside the rooms was about 70 centimetres (28 in) and the total amount of water inside was about 3000 mq.[4]
  • The Palazzo dei Priori, restored in 1446, with a statue of Pope Sixtus V in front of it. The Biblioteca Comunale contains a collection of inscriptions and antiquities.[1]

Religious buildings[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

People[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ashby 1911, p. 278.
  2. ^ a b c Benigni 1909.
  3. ^ 42331 (x a j h) Fermo on OpenStreetMap
  4. ^ "MUSEO DIFFUSO DEL FERMANO". Retrieved 12 March 2016. 

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