Sant'Elpidio a Mare





Pinacoteca Civica “Vittore Crivelli”

Palazzo Ex Convento dei Filippini, Corso Baccio,31

Tel.: 0734.859279 - Fax: 0734.8196296

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The Civic Art Gallery, opened in 1998 and is located in the halls of the former convent of the Filippini (a palazzo of solid and austere shape, built during the XVIII century), displays a rich collection of paintings both on canvas and on wood, a figurative witness to the religious life and the town's history from the 15th to the 18th century.

The collection, created by the merger of several works from urban and suburban churches and convents following suppressions and state proprietorship, has its central nucleus in the Vittore Crivelli room, where 3 works of art of the Veneto Master are situated (the polyptych of the Coronation of the Virgin, a triptych of the visitation to St. Elizabeth, the small painting on wood depicting the Franciscan Friar in prayer). Enriching the exhibition are the Assumption of the Virgin (1564) by Gerolamo Dente (known as Tizianello), the Madonna of the Rosary by Ernst Van Schayck, a Last Supper of the unknown Joane Salamandra, an Allegory of Faith of the Filippo Ricci school, a reproduction of the Polyptych of Sant'Elpidio by Giacomo di Nicola from Recanati (1430) preserved in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, and numerous works of art of local school.

The collection is completed by a graphic section thanks to the of biennial acquisitions organized by the municipality over the past years, signed by prestigious authors like, Ciarrocchi, Offidani, Pierleoni, Capuzzucca.

In the halls of the Gallery a collection of silverware of the 17th-20th century is exhibited, partly liturgical objects coming from local churches and donated by the Confraternity of the Misericordia, with some furniture and items from the rooms of the Town Hall.


Type: Arte

Services: Welcome area, ticket office, bookshop, learning activities, guided tours, laboratories, fun group activities (must be booked and fee paid), parking.





Shoe Museum “Cav. Vincenzo Andolfi”

Palazzo Ex Convento dei Filippini, Corso Baccio,31

Tel.: 0734.859279 - Fax: 0734.8196296

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In 1998, in order to promote and preserve a vital part of its history, a major exhibition space was created, devoted entirely to the shoe world: The “Cav. Vincenzo Andolfi” Shoe Museum.

The exhibits of the museum show the transformation that footwear has undergone from the first approaches to the most recent productions. It "tells" us of the material production generated over time by the manufacturing and footwear industry, and about the immaterial production, consisting in the knowledge and evolution of productive processes, namely the "know-how" of quality shoes in a town and in an area where the treasure of knowledge has been enriched, while awaiting the explosion and the conversion from the dimension of traditional craftsmanship to that of an industrial district.

The Museum contains thousands of artifacts between shoes, forms, and tools for the workmanship, displayed according to thematic areas divided into three sections.

The first section is devoted to shoes of all times and from all places so as to document the history of footwear with specimens of different historical periods from all over the world.

The historical section, in fact, is an exhibition of truly unique specimens that document the history of footwear: from reproductions of Roman Sandals we reach the twentieth century through a path that allows us to admire shoes and tools of every era, make and origin.

Very consistent and distinctive is the second section dedicated to Shoes of famous people, in continuous expansion, where the shoes on display belonged to important personalities of the religious sphere (Pope Leone XXI, Pope Paul VI, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II), to many sports champions (including Gino Bartali, Francesco Moser, Giovanni Trapattoni, Valentino Rossi, Valentina Vezzali, Alessandro del Piero, Roberto Baggio, Yuri Chehi), to various Nobel Prize Winners (Sir Derek Walcott, Dario Fo) as well as to many other characters of politics and entertainment, like Andreotti, Milva, Bobby Solo, and the famous tenor Beniamino Gigli.

The third section of the Marche footwear Industry preserves a faithful reproduction of an artisan workshop, the prototypes and the shoes made according to exclusive stylistic studies, which, for their innovative characteristics, have won numerous awards worldwide.


Type: Specialized – Shoe Museum

Services: Welcome area, ticket office, bookshop, learning activities, guided tours, laboratories, fun group activities (must be booked and fee paid)

Opening Times of the "Vittore Crivelli" Civic Art Gallery and of the "Cav Vincenzo Andolfi" Shoe Museum

From April 1st to January 6th

Fridays: 10.00-12.00 / 16.00-19.00

Saturdays: 16.00-19.00

Sundays and holidays: 16.00-19.00

From 01 June to 30 September

Wednesdays: 16.00-19.30

Thursdays: 16.00-19.00

Fridays: 10.00-13.00 /16.00-19.00

Saturdays: 16.00-19.00

Sundays: 16.00-19.00

Closed: from January 7 to March 31, December 25, January 1st.


Entrance Fee: Civic "Vittore Crivelli" and "Cav Vincenzo Andolfi" Shoe Museum

Full Price € 4.50

Reduced Price € 3.50 (students of high schools accompanied by their own teachers, groups made up of at least 10 visitors, exhibiting a ticket of the Civic Network of Museums of Fermo*, members of ACI, TCI, Italia Nostra, FAI

Free admission (under 15 years of age, adults over 65, students of junior and secondary school accompanied by their own teachers, formally authorised scholars)

*The museums of Sant’Elpidio a Mare are part of the MUSEUM NETWORK of the FERMO SECTION: by visiting the museums of Sant’Elpidio a Mare it will be possible to buy the tickets of the civil network of the Fermo Museums at a reduced price



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Gerosolimitana Tower

Piazza Matteotti

Tel.: 0734/8196407 (tourism office) - 0734/8196372-373 (Ass.te to culture and tourism)



The Gerosolimitana Tower, also known as of the Knights of Malta, stands on the highest point of the city with its 28 metres in height, in the civic square of Sant'Elpidio a Mare at the side of the Perinsigne Collegiate of Sant'Elpidio Abbot. Despite the strategic position, the characteristics of its construction (quadrangular shape, with a constant width of the sides, an entrance located at ground level, absence of floors, ascent ramp) do not suggest a defensive purpose, so as to accommodate various assumptions about its usage and the mystical religious symbolism that it hides: indeed, tracing the diagonals passing through the center of the plan a virtual cross of Malta is drawn, and the big jeweled cross in white stone inserted in the facade clearly hint to the bond with the Knights of St. John of the Jerusalem Order.

To the linearity of the outer perimeter and the severity of prospectuses varied solely by the angular cantonals and by the stone bas-reliefs) there is a contrast with an articulated space of interior, punctuated by the succession of ascending arches adjacent to the perimeter walls that accompany the climb of the visitor upwards.

Services: guided tours (to book phone the tourism office on the following numbers: 0734-8196407 /0734-810008)

Opening Times:

From April 1st to January 6th

Wednesdays 10:00-13:00

Thursdays 16:00-19:00

Fridays 10:00-13:00/16:00-19:00

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 16:00-19:00

26-27-28 July: 18:00-24:00

Entrance Fee

Full Price € 2,50

Reduced Price € 1,50 (groups formed of at least 10 people, students of secondary schools)

Free admittance (minors up to 13 years old, adults over 65, formally authorized scholars)


The Parish Collection

via Porta Canale, 1

Telefono: 0734/859125

The parish collection of Sant'Elpidio a Mare, which opened in the spring of 2007, preserves in a single room the most precious works of the parish: there are chalices, ciboriums, ostensories of fine workmanship dating between the 17th and 19th centuries; reliquaries made from many different materials, from straw and wood up to silver. In one showcase there are liturgical vestments, while in another there are some of the most popular items of devotional practices. Finally there are texts starting from the 16th century onwards from the parish archives: records of baptisms, marriages, a book of accounts. In the Hall, in some niches high up, there are some precious wood statutes of the XVI-XVII centuries. We recommend that you complete your visit by admiring the Collegiate Church and the ancient Monumental Sacristy, both recently restored.


Type: Sacred Art, Artistic

Opening Times

The collection may be visited by request by phoning: 0734/859125. Admission is free


Fossil Museum

Palazzo Montalto Nannerini, Piazzale Marconi,16

Telefono: 0734/859811




The permanent exhibition of fossils was born from the passion of some researchers from Porto Sant'Elpidio who wanted to leave an indelible sign of their work, which is housed in the stimulating setting of the museum in Contrada San Giovanni, in the wonderful niche layout. Visiting the museum's spaces means making a jump back in time into the various geological eras: the items exhibited, artefacts of Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, Cainozoic, Neozoic eras onto which time has left an indelible and absolutely extraordinary mark, bring out the changes, which marked geological happenings in the Italian territory and in particular in that of the Marche, so handing down to posterity valuable clues about the origins of our land.


Type: Natural History and Natural Sciences

Services: Welcome area

Opening Times

All year round upon request

Note: Open on the occasion of the contrada festival and during the "Città Medioevo" (= “Medieval Town”).

Admission Free


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