The Marches fly the Blue Flag at all its beaches
Between ancient villages and hamlets and the cool seaside resorts along the Adriatic coast.
The Marches fly the Blue Flag at all their beaches
by Erica Mariniello
Take the A14 motorway heading for San Benedetto del Tronto; near Porto San Giorgio, you will be impressed by a hamlet that appears perched on a headland on a cliff dropping sheer to the sea. It is 'Torre di Palme, a small charming medieval gem in the province of Fermo, in the Marches region which has been preserved over time and which, in the hottest months, is visited by throngs of inhabitants of the neighbouring villages and tourists.
Since the late nineteenth century, the village has been considered a hamlet of the larger town of Fermo which is a few kilometres away. With its narrow streets, squares, picturesque views of the sea and its strategic positioning, it is a place well worth a visit and not to be missed on the coast. Being a military outpost for sighting purposes and for the defence of the ancient town of Palma, around the year one thousand it was home to some monastic orders that built the first church of San Giovanni. Then the Canons Regular of the Lateran built their convent and the church by the sea of Santa Maria a Mare, which, according to what is written on some papal documents, had greater importance than those built in the inland. Over the years, Torre di Palme became the place of residence of the noble families of the area and was home to several artists who left some evidence in the hamlet. Among the many names, the names of Carlo and Vittorio Crivelli stand out, who painted a polyptych kept in the church of S. Agostino.