Sant’Elpidio a Mare


The medieval village of Sant’Elpidio a Mare rises a few kilometers from the sea, and it encloses small treasures among its red bricks: churches, palaces, and the Civic Art Gallery which houses the Coronation of the Virgin by Vittore Crivelli. The municipal territory then extends between urban areas, footwear industries and prestigious outlets, gentle countryside where it is possible to visit the Imperial Basilica of Santa Croce al Chienti and the Astronomical Observatory.

Events and appointments
“A magic of colors, a living tradition, a unique suggestion.” (Touring Club Italia).
The Contesa del Secchio is one of the longest-lived re-enactments in Italy, first in the Marche region, and is held in Sant’Elpidio a Mare on the second Sunday of August every year since 1953. the medieval tournament of the town, in which the districts challenged each other with a ball to hit the only city well in order to have priority access for a year. Today the procession has over a thousand characters in splendid costumes minutely inspired by the paintings of the Crivelli and other masters. It has performed thousands of replicas in Italy, over thirty in the world. The Contesa is anticipated by Medieval City , which since 1992 has been held in Sant’Elpidio a Mare on the third weekend of July. From sunset, the entire historic center becomes a stage for dozens of shows, appearing in costumes of the time and medieval taverns.