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Birthplace of Santa Maria Goretti, Corinaldo rises at the top of a hill, on the left bank of the Nevola river. Its walls are recognized as the most intact, imposing, fortified and long in the region and among the best preserved in all of central Italy. A major tourist attraction is the famous Pozzo della Polenta, located in the center of via La Piaggia.
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Festival Pozzo della Polenta  | Antonio Paolini
Festival Pozzo della Polenta
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Threshing reenactment  | Antonio Paolini
Threshing reenactment
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Corinaldo  | Massimiliano Succi/shutterstock
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Market door  | Antonio Paolini
Market door
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Village walls  | Antonio Paolini
Village walls
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Sunflowers  | Antonio Paolini
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Tower of the market door  | Antonio Paolini
Tower of the market door
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Tower of the market door  | Antonio Paolini
Tower of the market door
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Tower porta nuova  | Antonio Paolini
Tower porta nuova
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A look at Corinaldo
A look at Corinaldo

About the village

The name of Corinaldo (Curinald in Gallo-Piceno dialect) probably derives from "Curia di Rinaldo", ancient Langobard name that the first inhabited centre should have had during the Middle Ages. First of all a renowned wine-producing land (for its famous Verdicchio), it has well-maintained walls that date back to the XIV century. Its walls are recognized as the most intact, imposing, fortified and long (912 uninterrupted meters) of the Marche region and is one of the best preserved of all central Italy. Here Santa Maria Goretti was born.

It rises to the top of a hill on the left bank of the river Nevola. In all probability the city of Corinaldo is sort at the beginning of the second millennium, as a result of the widespread phenomenon of the fortification. Nestled between the rivers Cesano and Misa, between Marca di Ancona and the state of Urbino, it constitutes in a free municipality at the end of the XII century. For its strategic position, soon becomes a scope outpost contested from the neighboring municipalities. After the destruction of 1360, Corinaldo is reconstructed literally ex novo in 1367, following the authorisation granted by Pope Urban V, with the current boundary walls, itemizing fortificativi elements attributed to the genius of the famous military architect the Sienese artist Francesco Di Giorgio Martini. Additional Defense elements are added by the Malatesta family and by Francesco Sforza supplementing the walls with a powerful fortress, that formwork which now traces remain in the Church of the Suffragio.

But the page of history more glorious del Borgo is the one written in 1517, when Corinaldo resists etching of the ousted Duke of Urbino, Francesco Maria Della Rovere. After twenty days of siege the corinaldesi compel the duke to the retreat and the pope of the epoch, Leone X, for the faithfulness shown, elevates Corinaldo to the rank of town. The "Contesa del Pozzo della polenta" is the most ancient historical commemoration of the province of Ancona, recalls this important page in the history of Corinaldo. In the '600 Corinaldo it refines in architectural forms and in costume, enriched with the opera and of the ingeniousness of valuable artists.

See progressively light even monumental religious and civic buildings still visible today and perfectly preserved, which among others the Chiesa del Suffragio the characteristic octagonal plan, erected on the old tower, the church of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Sant'Anna (patron saint of Corinaldo) and the shrine is now dedicated to Santa Maria Goretti, who in this city was born on 16 October 1890.

Around the ancient walls
Corinaldo boasts a historical center very suggestive, whose monument more impressive are without doubt its mighty walls: about one kilometer of fortifications dating back to 1367 and extended to the end of 1400, equipped with doors with ramparts, ramparts, towers, guardiole and window slits, considered to be among the best preserved of the Marches. Starting from the Torre dello Sperone, high well 18 meters, pentagonal shape, it starts to follow the wall circuit turning toward the Gate of San Giovanni. Here there are many elements of defense still visible, as the housings of the beams of the drawbridge, the guns, the window slits and it is possible to climb above the door to admire the panorama.

Along the walls of the Scorticatore goes next to the eponymous tower: both take the name from the craftsman who worked here in 1800. Descend to the port of S. Mary of the market, a splendid example of defense with a double entrance rotated 90°, to then to climb up the tower of the Calcinaro and the Tower of the Roundabout. Here begins the Renaissance addition that amplified the portion of historical center comprised within the walls: through the covered walkway of the Landroni you reach Porta Nova, third and last entrance to the walled circuit.

from first to meat from passatelli roasted meats, passing for the polenta and the vincisgrassi. And when it comes to desserts, is a blaze of specialties, especially from September to Christmas, when with the must prepare bagels, toast, sciughi and biscuits stuffed called 'pecorelle'. Recipes based on simple ingredients but  with an excellent quality, as are the products of this territory: extra virgin olive oil and wine and in primis, the latter with well 3 DOC and 1 DOCG. On all, stands out the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, a fresh wine and rich in aromas, from white flowers to the fruit, with a characteristic note of almonds. Then there are companies dedicated to the production of excellences of all types: from the saffron to liqueurs, from honey with herbs and aromatic and medicinal herbs.

Village of Corinaldo
Municipality of Corinaldo
Province of Ancona
Marche Region

Population: 4.998 corinaldesi
Altitude centre: 203 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Paesi bandiera arancione
European Destination of Excellence
Comuni amici del Turismo Itinerante
Associazione dei Comuni Virtuosi
Bandiera Verde
Comuni Ciclabili
Unione Misa-Nevola

Orange Flag - Italian Touring Club

Via del Corso 9 - Tel. +39 071 67782 

= distances as the crow flies


  • From the North: Take the A14 motorway towards Ancona, exit at Marotta / Mondolfo and follow the direction of Mondolfo, cross Mondolfo and continue on the SS Cesanese, continue following signs to enter Corinaldo.
  • From the South: Take the A14 motorway towards Naples, exit at Senigallia and continue straight towards Corinaldo, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit and continue on the SS Arceviese, cross Bettolelle, Brugneto, continue on the SP 12 and follow the indications for Corinaldo.


  • Senigallia railway station


  • Ancona airport


  • Port of Ancona

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= distances as the crow flies

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