Loreto, Marche

Comune di Loreto

Piazza della Madonna with façade of the Basilica

Coat of arms

Location of Loreto in Italy

Coordinates: 43°26′20″N 13°36′31″E / 43.43889°N 13.60861°E / 43.43889; 13.60861
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province / Metropolitan city Ancona (AN)
Frazioni Costabianca, Grotte, Stazione, Villa Berghigna, Villa Costantina, Villa Musone, Villa Papa
  Mayor Paolo Niccoletti
  Total 17.69 km2 (6.83 sq mi)
Elevation 127 m (417 ft)
Population (28 February 2009)
  Total 12,278
  Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Loretani or Lauretani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 60025
Dialing code 071
Patron saint Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint day December 10
Website Official website

Loreto is a hilltown and comune of the Italian province of Ancona, in the Marche. It is most commonly known as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site.


Loreto is located 127 metres (417 feet) above sea level on the right bank of the Musone river. It is 22 kilometres (14 miles) by rail south-southeast of Ancona. Like many places in the Marche, it provides good views from the Apennines to the Adriatic.

Main sights

Loreto's main monuments occupy the four sides of the piazza: the college of the Jesuits, the Palazzo Comunale (formerly the Palazzo Apostolico), designed by Bramante, with an art gallery with works of Lorenzo Lotto, Vouet and Annibale Carracci as well as a collection of maiolica, and the Shrine of the Holy House (Santuario della Santa Casa).

The city has also a massive line of walls designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, which were erected from 1518 and reinforced in the 17th century.

Twin towns sister cities

Loreto is twinned with:[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Association of Towns awarded The Europe Prize". www.czestochowa.um.gov.pl. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  2. "Fraternitas 33 - eng.". www.ofm.org. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  3. "Nazareth and Loreto - Twin Shrines". www.loretonh.nsw.edu.au. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  4. "Comune di Loreto - Loreto - Daroun Harissa - Accordo di gemellaggio". Comune.loreto.an.it. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
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