Porto Recanati

Porto Recanati
Città di Porto Recanati

Skyline from castle tower
Porto Recanati

Location of Porto Recanati in Italy

Coordinates: 43°25′56″N 13°39′53″E / 43.43222°N 13.66472°E / 43.43222; 13.66472
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province / Metropolitan city Macerata (MC)
Frazioni Santa Maria in Potenza, Montarice, Scossicci
  Mayor Roberto Mozzicafreddo
  Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (31 May 2015)
  Total 12,514
  Density 740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Portorecanatesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 62017
Dialing code 071
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day August 29
Website Official website

Porto Recanati (pronounced [ˈpɔrto rekaˈnaːti]) is a town with some 12,500 inhabitants in the province of Macerata, in the Marche region. of central Italy. It is the northeast coastal town of the province. It was made an independent town on 15 January 1893, when, due to a Decree signed by King Umberto I of Italy, Porto Recanati's coastal hamlets were separated from Recanati.

The communal territory is completely plain, and it is located near the Mount Conero. The town's seabord,defined north by the mouth of Musone river, extends itself for about two km south, beyond the mouth of Potenza river. The central part of Porto Recanati's 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.


The Area seem to have been inhabited since Bronze Age, as findings on the top of Montarice's hill, hailing from period called Apennine Medium Bronze and dating from the 15th-14th centuries BC have confirmed. In the same areas fragments of the 6th century BC Attic pottery have been recovered, witnessing the early commercial trade in the area.

Main sights

The Castello Svevo (Hohenstaufen 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 Matteo Corcos, Giovanni Fattori, Domenico Morelli, Giovanni Costa and Silvestro Lega.

Among its churches is the parish church of San Giovanni Battista, and the small chapel of Chiesetta della Banderuola.


Porto Recanati is home to a large number of family-run restaurants and shops that cater to the tourism industry. Porto Recanati serves a spring-summer tourist town, with a beach and an annual Aeronautica Militare airshow.

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.

Twin towns

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