A windy walled town built on a hill that willl often receive the last rays of the sun when all around is in shadow; "non e' ancor notte a Cingoli", (it's not yet night at Cingoli) goes a popular Marche saying, meaning, "don't count your chickens before they're hatched".
The place has also earned the title "the Balcony of the Marche" for its sweeping panoramas - the best views are from behind the church of San Francesco. Climb up Corso Garibaldi to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, once the forum of Roman Cingulum and still the heart of this stone-built town.
To one side stands a fine 16thC Renaissance town hall with a much earlier clock tower. Inside is the smart, newly arranged Museo Archeologico with interesting Bronze Age lumber - to see the collection call at the library (Biblioteca comunale) in Via Mazzini 1. The library also houses the town's Pinacoteca, or art gallery, with another of the region's serendipity collections of paintings by Lorenzo Lotto.
Cingoli is a small, enchanting city in Italy’s Le Marche region. Situated 631 meters above sea level it is located in the heart of the Marchigiano hills. From here it’s possible to see the spectacular views and panorama of a large area of the Marchigiano territory and the Adriatic Sea. For this reason Cingoli is referred to as the “Balcony of Le Marche”.
Best visited on a clear day, or a sunny day just after a rain shower to get the best view, because when the air is clear you can see to Monte Conero, to the sea and if it is really clear you can see across to Croatia. Nearer at hand you can make out Staffolo, Filottrano, Osimo and Jesi.
The walled Medieval city of Cingoli has a wealth of history; in fact its origins can be traced back to the earliest times. On the hill where the city now rises, there were human settlements in the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age. Then, in the 9th Century B.C., Cingoli’s lands were inhabited by the ancient Picene people. In 60 B.C. Cingoli was fortified as an official Roman town by Titus Labienus, a native son of the city and lieutenant to Julius Caesar. It became a free city-state (a “Comune” - a word which is still used today to denote a self-governed Italian city or town) in the 12th Century A.D.; it then became part of the Papal States, as a seat of government, until the Unification of Italy, in the 1860s.
Cingoli is surrounded by over 4,500 hectares (more than 12.000 acres) of forests and woods that offer visitors the opportunity to discover nature in its natural habitat. There are options not only to visit on foot but, by horse or even on mountain bike. Sunflowers which colour the gentle hills, signposted nature trails for those who like trekking, or mountain biking, a temperate climate with unpolluted air and varied vegetation.
Close by is the Lago Castiglioni, also called Cingoli Lake which is a great place to take the children as there are swimming holes, boats to rent and easy walks along the lake edge. The lake is a man-made water reservoir and makes a water source for the Lazio region to the west. In summer month there is an adventure park and a small touristic train runs along the eastern shoreline which is otherwise restricted. There are many restaurants and snack bars at the shore.
Cingoli is the ideal place to visit from the Cantinone Holiday Accommodation, in the middle of nature and far from the stresses of mass tourism.
There are many monuments and institutions to see and visit which have contributed to the cultural heritage of Cingoli: For example, the Collegiate Church of Sant’Esuperanzio. This is the most important religious monument in Cingoli. Its origins date back to 1139, but the current building, in Romanesque Gothic style, is of the 13th Century. Inside, visitors can admire great frescoes, a panel by Sebastiano del Piombo, and a polyptych (decorated altar panel) attributed to G.A. Bellinzoni of Pesaro.
The Church of S. Domenico (13th Century) has a vast elliptical shaped interior and contains priceless paintings including the great altar screen (cm. 384 x 264) by Lorenzo Lotto, ““Madonna de Rosario e Santi”” (1539); the State’s Archaeological Museum, which displays prehistoric artefacts and traces of Cingoli’s Greco-Roman habitation; the town’s Art Gallery, there are many former noble palaces to visit, these dating back through the centuries are sometimes hidden away in the town’s enchanting alleyways.
Palazzo Castiglioni is a particularly charming building, It was built at the end of XVII century from two different buildings. The result is a noble palace that lodged the most important family in town. Its main exterior features are the asymmetrical façade and two different entrances, the interiors are characterised by a well-constructed net of stairs, corridors and height differences. In XIX century Filippo Castiglioni wanted to build a beautiful wrought iron balcony, the two main doors and the exterior ledge.
Nearby (and open by arrangement only) the Sidecar Museum contains a valuable collection of over 100 motorcycles and sidecars from the very first models of the beginning of the last century to more recent ones. Many of the exhibits were used in movies and the owner has a great recollection of their history.
There are many famous people who were born in Cingoli. These include Tito Labieno (100 B.C. – 45 B.C.), Francesco Saverio Castiglioni (1761-1830) who became Pope on April 5th 1829 and took the name of Pope Pius VIII. His family still reside in Cingoli, and the Cingoli Lake nearby is known as Lago Castiglioni.
Also born in the town were Frà Bevignate (1250-1305), designer of the famous fountain in Perugia and the Cathedral of Orvieto. The 13th Century philosopher Gentile da Cingoli, Giacomo da Cingoli, architect and sculptor (XIII sec.). Donatello Stefanucci, painter (1896-1987) and Giuseppe Cerquetelli (1848-1931) the famous composer of operas and overtures.
Cingoli is the seat of two important festivals: the international Festival of Hot Air Balloons at the end of June each year, and the festival of Living Statues in July, during this festival the town is invaded by sculptors from all around the world.he Church of S. Domenico (13th Century) has a vast elliptical shaped interior and contains priceless paintings including the great altar screen (cm. 384 x 264) by Lorenzo Lotto, ““Madonna de Rosario e Santi”” (1539); the State’s Archaeological Museum, which displays prehistoric artefacts and traces of Cingoli’s Greco-Roman habitation; the town’s Art Gallery, there are many former noble palaces to visit, these dating back through the centuries are sometimes hidden away in the town’s enchanting alleyways.
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How to get to Cingoli from the Cantinone
Getting there by car, take the road outside the Cantinone in the direction of Apiro. Just after passing through the town of Apiro there is a turn on the right to Lake Cingoli and then on to Cingoli. To arrive at the Balcony of Le Marche, do not turn up the hill at the first turn arriving on the outskirts, but continue along the road at the foot of the town, eventually turning sharp right and you are at the Balcone.
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