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Smerillo is a small fortified mountain village called the "roof of the Marche", since it embraces the Gran Sasso, the Sibillini Mountains, Monte Conero and the sea. Also called the "Citadel of Poetry", since it is often frequented by poets, in summer the festival "The words of the mountain" has been held for years. Here you can see the remains of the castle walls and the medieval fortress of the ancient Castrum Smerilli.
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A look at Smerillo
A look at Smerillo
Video by Marca Fermana

About the village

The popular memory of the elderly recalls the discovery in the same woods of gold coins, probably of Roman Republican or imperial age. At the time of the early Middle Ages the earliest records of the construction of the Castrum Smerilli date back to 1192. The name of the came Albertus de Smerillo appeared in 1192. In 1299 the history of Castrum Smerilli inevitably binds with the fate of the Municipality of Fermo. From the 13th century to the 14th century Smerillo lived a discreet period of tranquility and peace.

The Castrum Smerilli divided into two residential areas such as the cassero, fortified structure and the village. The first city wall was built only in 1300 along the slopes of the mountain and expanded over the centuries. In 1409 the castle was invaded by the militia of the Count of Carrara of the Kingdom of Naples, destroying part of the castle, so that the community of Smerillese not helped by the City of Fermo submitted to the Lord of Camerino Rodolfo. During the Restoration, in 1815, Smerillo passed under the control of the Church until the Unity of Italy and returned to be definitively autonomous in 1919.

Of particular interest is the natural environment surrounding the village. There are numerous marked trails in the woods, through which you can discover rocky walls, evocative views and rich vegetation. Singular is the "Fessa", a rift in the sandstone rock rich in Pliocene fossils, a destination for tourists and paleontology scholars. Smerillo is home to the CEA Bosco di Smerillo, which offers various activities and whose headquarters is the Museum of Natural Sciences, which also houses the Museum of Contemporary Art and one dedicated to the Children's Art.

The fortified village of Smerillo is worth a visit for the frescoes in the Romanesque church of Santa Caterina (XIII century), the remains of the castle walls and the medieval fortress of the ancient Castrum Smerilli, the Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul, as well as the mill at 1700 on the river Tenna, located in the Val di Tenna area. From the village of Durano you can reach the "Fosso delle Anguille", characterized by a suggestive succession of small lakes and small waterfalls. Finally, in San Martino al Faggio there is the church of San Vincenzo Ferreri, where you can go in the rare "depressed" beech forest between the Rebuscano stream and the sulphurous water springs.

Village of Smerillo
Municipality of Smerillo

Province of Fermo
Marche Region

Population: 355
Altitude centre: 806 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Unione montana dei Sibillini

Municipality of Smerillo
Via Dante Alighieri 14 - Smerillo (FM)
Tel. +39 0734 79124


  • From the North: Take the A14 motorway in the direction of Ancona, exit at Civitanova Marche, take the SS 77 highway in the direction of Tolentino / Macerata, exit at Montecosaro, continue on the SP 78, cross Contrada Tenna and continue towards Smerillo turning on the SP 50.
  • From the South: Take the A14 motorway towards Naples, exit at Pedaso, follow the direction of Pescara, cross Pedaso, Rubbianello, Montefalcone Appennino and continue on the SP 50 following the signs for Smerillo.
  • From Ascoli Piceno: Take the SP 235, turn onto the SS 4, continue on the SP 237, cross Roccafluvione, Comunanza, Montefalcone Appennino and continue on the SP 50 to enter Smerillo.


  • Porto San Giorgio railway station


  • Ancona airport
  • Pescara airport


  • Port of Ancona

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october, 2020

Chestnut Festival

october, 2020

Words of the Mountain

june, 2021

SS. Peter and Paul - Patron Saint

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