|Città di Porto Recanati|
Skyline from castle tower
|Frazioni||Santa Maria in Potenza, Montarice, Scossicci|
|• Mayor||Mauro Passerotti, Prefect Commissioneer (in charge since 20.05.2015)|
|• Total||17 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|• Density||0.73/km2 (1.9/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. John the Baptist|
|Saint day||August 29|
Porto Recanati (pronounced [ˈpɔrto rɛkaˈnati]) is a town counting 12.464 inhabitants (30.11.2014) located in the province of Macerata, in the Marche region. It is the northeast coastal town of the province. It was created independent town on 15th January 1893, when, due to a Decree signed by King Umberto I, Porto Recanati's coastal hamlets, separated from Recanati.
The Area is completely plain, and it is located near the Mount Conero. Town's seabord,defined north by the mouth of Musone river, extends itself for about two km south, beyond the mouth of Potenza river. Porto Recanati's coast has a particular outline: central belt is basically formed by gravel beaches and steep sea with deep bottom also a few steps from sea shore, unlike nearby towns Potenza Picena and Civitanova Marche.
Ancient history The Area seem to have been inhabited since Bronze Age, as recent findings on the top of Montarice's hill , hailing from period called Apennine Medium Bronze, dating back to XV and XIV centuries B.C., have confirmed. In the same areas fragments of VI century B.C. Attican pottery have been recovered, this would witness the early commercial trade in the area;
Porto Recanati is home to a large number of family-run restaurants and shops that cater to the tourism industry that Porto Recanati has a reputation for. Porto Recanati serves a spring-summer tourist town for Italians, with a beach and an annual Aeronautica Militare Airshow.
The Castello Svevo (Swabian Castle), built during the 13th through 15th centuries as a rampart against Turkish Pirates attacks, is home to the Municipal Art Gallery, that in nine rooms collects paintings, mainly from 1850 to the early 20th century, by Gino Severini, Filippo De Pisis, Ottone Rosai, Vittorio Corcos, Giovanni Fattori, Domenico Morelli, Giovanni Costa and Silvestro Lega.
Porto Recanati's restaurants offer a large selection of locally caught seafood including Lobster, Sea Bass and Calamari. A local specialty is the Brodetto di Porto Recanati, a traditional fisherman's dish. The town also boasts a large fish market located on the outskirts of town.
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