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Loreto

Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Marche  /  Province of Ancona  /  Loreto
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Things to do: historic sites, museums
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.LocationLoreto is located 127m above sea-level on the right bank of the Musone river. It is 22km by rail south-southeast of Ancona. Like many places in the Marche, it provides good views from the Apennines to the Adriatic.Main sightsLoreto'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.
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