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—  Comune  —
Comune di Recanati
Civic Tower.

Coat of arms
Recanati is located in Italy
Location of Recanati in Italy
Coordinates: 43°24′N 13°33′E / 43.4°N 13.55°E / 43.4; 13.55Coordinates: 43°24′N 13°33′E / 43.4°N 13.55°E / 43.4; 13.55
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province Macerata (MC)
Frazioni Bagnolo, Castelnuovo, Chiarino, Le Grazie, Montefiore, Santa Lucia
 - Mayor Fabio Corvatta
 - Total 102 km2 (39.4 sq mi)
Elevation 296 m (971 ft)
Population (August 2007)
 - Total 21,261
 - Density 208.4/km2 (539.9/sq mi)
 - Demonym Recanatesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 62019
Dialing code 071
Patron saint St. Vitus
Saint day June 15
Website Official website

Recanati is a town and comune in the Province of Macerata, Marche region of Italy. Recanati was founded around 1150 AD from three pre-existing castles. In 1290 it proclaimed itself an independent republic and, in the 15th century, was famous for its international fair. In the March 1798 it was conquered by Napoleon Bonaparte.

It is the hometown of world-famous tenor Beniamino Gigli and poet Giacomo Leopardi, which is why the town is known to some as "the city of poetry". It contains the Teatro Persiani named after the composer of operas in the first part of the 19th Century, Giuseppe Persiani, who was born in the town in 1799.

Jewish population

The city of Recanati had a fairly large Jewish population for hundreds of years. Among the scholars produced by the city were Rabbi Menachem Recanati (1223-1290 CE) author of the Kabbalistic work The reasons of the Mitzvot. He was a student of Rabbi Elazar Rokeiach (1165-1238) from Worms, Germany who was one of the Chassidei Ashkenaz, a group of German pietists. His work, Sefer HaRokeiach, is a guide to ethics and halacha. wrote a mystical commentary on the Torah. Rabbi Elazar Rokeiach was also the teacher of Nachmanides, whom Rabbi Recanati quotes frequently in his work. Last names have been derived and changed to Racanati, i.e. Agostino Racanati

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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Recanati is a town in the Marche region of Italy.

  • Green Door, Recanati (Mc) An American bar serving good cocktails in a vaulted cellar space. Via di Porta San Domenico, Recanati (Mc)
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

RECANATI, a city of the Marches, Italy, in the province of Macerata, 8 m. direct N.N.E. of the city of that name. Pop. (1901) 14,590 (town), 16,389 (commune). It has a station on the railway 172 m. S. of Ancona, and distant 42 m. from the town, which is built on a hill, 931 ft. above the sea, and retains portions of its 15th-century wails and gateways. It was the birthplace of the poet Leopardi (1798-1837), whose monument adorns the principal piazza and whose family has collected in the town a very interesting museum of Leopardiana; it also contains fine old mansions of the Leopardi, Mazzagalli, Massucci and Carradori in the main street, and a Gothic cathedral, built towards the close of the 14th century and dedicated to S Flavianus, patriarch of Constantinople. The churches of S Maria sopra Mercanti and San Domenico contain characteristic examples of the work of Lorenzo Lotto, as also does the new municipal palace, with a fine old battlemented tower, while the palace of Cardinal Venier has a fine Renaissance loggia by Giuliano da Maiano, who was probably responsible for the designs for the portals of S Agostino and S Domenico. The older buildings of the town are noteworthy for the curious terra-cotta work which adorns the majority of them.

Recanati appears as a strong castle in the 10th century or earlier. Round this gathered a community whose petty wars with Osimo (Auximum) called for the interference of Innocent III. in 1198. From Frederick II. it obtained the right of having a port on the Adriatic; and by Gregory IX. it was made a city and the seat of the bishopric transferred from Osimo. This oscillation between Guelf and Ghibelline continued characteristic of Recanati. Urban IV. abolished the "city" and bishopric; Nicholas IV. restored them. John XXII. again, in 1320, removed the bishopric and placed the city under interdict. The interdict was withdrawn in 1328 on payment of a heavy fine, but the bishopric remained in abeyance till 1357. Gregory XII., who on his deposition by the council of Constance was made papal legate of the sees of Macerata and Recanati, died in this city in 1417. The assistance rendered by Recanati to the popes in their struggles with the Sforza seems to have exhausted its resources, and it began to decline. Considerable damage was done by the earthquake of 1741; and the French, who were twice in possession of the city in 1797, pillaged it in 1799.

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