Loreto and Recanati
The photographs were taken on a recent visit to these two towns in the Ancona region of Le Marche. Loreto is best known as a major catholic pilgrimage site to the house of “Our Lady of Loreto” who was canonised the patron saint of aviators and flight attendants by pope Benedict XV in 1920. The story goes that the house of Mary and Jesus was airlifted by angels from its site in Nazareth and deposited in Loreto. A rather more prosaic story seems to have been uncovered by a papal researcher who discovered that the house had been purchased by the local and well connected de Angeli Family who had the bricks transported by ship to italy and had the house rebuilt on its current site as a present for their daughter’s wedding. Easy to see how de Angeli became de angeles I suppose. The house is now encased inside a marble sarcophagus which is enclosed in a huge renaissance basilica, which is in turn, inside the impressive town walls.
Recanati a delightful medieval hill town, is close by, just 7 kilometers inland and is the birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi the famous early 19C Italian poet and philosopher, though it has to be said he didn’t think much of the place and couldn’t wait to get away. There is a museum dedicated to Leopardi at one end of the town and at the other stands Villa Colloredo Mels which houses two magnificent paintings by Lorenzo Lotto. The photos are from the town and the garden at Villa Colloredo Mels.