"Tolentino: Thriving Medieval Town" Tolentino by deecat

Tolentino Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 34 photos

Pilgrims Come to See St. Nicholas of Tolentino

Many Italians journey to Tolentino to visit the shrine of St. Nicholas of Tolentino. Here there is a Basilica with marvelous Giottoesque frescoes which are worth a visit. They also visit the Romanesque cloister alongside the church.

Historically speaking, Tolentino is where in 1797 Napoleon Bonaparte forced Pope Pius VI to sign the Peace of Tolentino. This happened after his successful invasion of the Papal States.

Other visitors come to Tolentino to see the multiple clock faces on the Medieval clock tower.

Enthusiastic lovers of humor journey here to see the relatively new International Museum of Caricature and Humour in Art.

There are those who visit this Chienti Valley town to see the Castello della Rancia located along the main road. The castle was built as a Benedictine abbey in the 12th century. Each May, the battle against the King of Naples in 1815 is re-enacted in a huge event that uses hundreds of people.

We only spent about three hours here, including our lunch. But, we managed to see several interesting sites.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great Architecture, History, Religious Shrine
  • Cons:Lots of traffic
  • In a nutshell:Worth a visit but not a favorite of Mine
  • Last visit to Tolentino: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Happy New Year, Dee! That’s a very impressive mechanical clock that shows the lunar phases, the italic hours, the astronomical hours and the days of the week and the month.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Wow! Love the clock tower with 4 faces -- it's so unique. Poor Allan waiting so long to pay for the lunch--sounds like the waiters themselves were out to lunch! LOL!!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Basilica of Saint Nicholas is stunning! I so enjoyed the lovely tour of Tolentino! Your like me Dee, you so enjoy and appreciate the architecture of a building. Wonderful page!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    Hi, Dee! I adore the architecture.... I find it attractive and awe-inspiring... Simply marvelous! ><><><

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    What a good restaurant. A delightful page, and this Tolentino seems darling. The clock tower, cloisters, architecture, Basilica...all so wonderful.

  • Feb 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Lovely Cloisters. The architecture is another positive for Tolentino. You find the most unusual small places in Italy and bring them to our attention. Thanks.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Another tour presented in such detail, I may not even have to go here-but on the other hand now want to go here.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:42 AM

    Love the phases of the moon myth! I also smiled.I agree that just wandering aimlessly one discovers hidden gems of architecture. The Basilica is magnificent. Good photos too, Dee

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Another little gem! Haha, amazing multiple clocks bell tower! The cloister is outstanding!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    i somehow missed this wonderfully evocative page of yours before. Bravo ! fantastico ! bellisima !


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