Torre di Palme
borgo di torre di palme
(Municipality and province of Fermo)
mt. 104 a.s.l.
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Torre di Palme derives its name from the Picenian city of Palma, founded in the sixth century. BC, then conquered by the Romans. The coastal area between the Tesino and Chienti rivers called in ancient maps “Agro Palmense”, had its port in the Roman Palm, mentioned by Pliny the Elder for his fine wine, known as “Palmense”.
Torre di Palme is one of the ten districts of the city of Fermo. The district represents the people of the sea and in fact during the historical commemoration of the Cavalcade of the Assumption (which takes place on August 15 of each year) the locals parade carrying a boat. It is the oldest district of the city of Fermo.
Torre di Palme is a favourite place for many tourists who appreciate its charm. It offers incomparable urban views; the narrow streets among the terracotta facades of the houses and geraniums, offer wide views of the sea and of the surrounding hills. Visiting its beautiful medieval churches you can immerse yourself in an atmosphere bygone times.
Along the main street, just beyond the ancient palace, you will find the Gothic Church of St. Augustine, which preserves a valuable polyptych by Vittore Crivelli: stolen in 1972, it was later recovered and restored, even if three compartments of the predella are missing. A profusion of enamelled colours, enlivened by the gold of the backgrounds, defines the iconic images of the Saints lined up in two orders on either side of the throne on which the Virgin and Child sit. The original frame in carved and gilded wood.
Continuing along the street you’ll get to the church of Santa Maria a Mare, whose walls bear the signs of various changes over the centuries that have not completely erased the Gothic structure of the temple. Splendid majolica basins dating back to the fourteenth century decorate the facade and the bell tower, while inside, on the left wall of the presbytery, there is still a gentle representation of the Madonna di Loreto, frescoed by an unknown local painter. Outside the church, a large viewpoint allows you to sweep along the sandy shores overlooking the town of Porto San Giorgio, the modern marina and the ancient sanctuary of Santa Maria a Mare, since the Middle Ages an important devotional center of great appeal.
Nearby Torre di Palme there is the walk to the Bosco del Cugnolo, a short and easy route (2 km) that takes place along a stretch of fossil dune of the Poliocene, a few hundred meters from the sea, through a small grove that represents one of the few remaining strips of Mediterranean vegetation of the coast of Marche and has an exceptional botanical morphological value. The path of the Cugnolo wood is easily identifiable by the presence of some wooden poles stuck in the ground of the local section of the CAI. The path is wide and well maintained, with parapets and wooden fences, descends into the Fosso di S. Filippo and enters the grove dominated by well-developed matrices and centuries-old oaks, offering evocative views of Torre di Palme. After a few minutes of walking you can see the sea, as if from a shady and cool balcony.
The local story of the “Cave of lovers” between history and legend, helps to make this beautiful walk more attractive, which was recently recovered thanks to the initiative of the Municipality of Fermo, in collaboration with the local Section of the C.A.I. and some volunteers in the area, has cleaned up and equip the path, making it accessible again.
The local gastronomy reflects the rural traditions, using genuine products. Among the typical dishes you cannot miss to taste the traditional vincisgrassi, the maccheroncini of Campofilone, the mixed fried and, among the sweets, the ciambellotto of the threshing.
Among the local products not to be missed, caciotta del fermano, the fermanello salami, ciauscolo and the vino cotto (cooked wine).
The “Cavalcata dell’Assunta” is an event taking place on August 15th, one of the oldest events in italy, documented since 1182. The local people parade carrying a boat, to testify the fact that Torre di Palme is the district of the city of Fermo that represent the sea.