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Muccia, Province of Macerata, Marche

The native hometown of Franciscan Blessed Rizerio, the place is also well-known as the production site of the renowned Mistrà liquor made with local herbs.

Info

  • Altitude: 454 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 800 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 62034
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0737
  • Patron Saint: St. Biagio (St. Blaise), celebrated on 3rd February
  • Frazioni & Localities: Maddalena, Costafiore, Massaprofoglio, Vallicchio, Giove, Col di Giove, Rocchetta

History

Archelogical findings show that the place was inhabited since very early times. During the Middle Ages, there was a castle of the Da Varano family of Camerino, built in defence of the flour mills that supplied a large territory with cereals.

What to see

  • The parish church of San Biagio, which preserves a 14th-century wooden statue of St Sebastian;
  • The 16th-century, octagonal church of Santa Maria di Varano del secolo XVI, preserving inside frescoes by Andrea De Magistris;
  • In Coda di Muccia the Hermitage of Blessed Rizerio, a disciple and personal confessor of St. Francis of Assisi;
  • The sanctuary of Madonna di Col de' Venti, which preserves a 14th-century painting of the Virgin with Child;
  • The Villa della Maddalena, surrounded by a fine park, built in the 17th century as the residence of Cardinal Giori.

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