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Loreto, Marche

Comune di Loreto
Piazza della Madonna with façade of the Basilica
Piazza della Madonna with façade of the Basilica
Coat of arms of Loreto
Coat of arms
Loreto is located in Italy
Location of Loreto in Italy
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province Ancona (AN)
Frazioni Costabianca, Grotte, Stazione, Villa Berghigna, Villa Costantina, Villa Musone, Villa Papa
 • Mayor Paolo Niccoletti
 • Total 17.69 km2 (6.83 sq mi)
Elevation 127 m (417 ft)
Population (28 February 2009)
 • Total 12,278
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Loretani or Lauretani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 60025
Dialing code 071
Patron saint Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint day December 10
Website Official website

Loreto is a hilltown and comune of the Italian province of Ancona, in the Marche. It is most commonly known as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site.


  • Location 1
  • Main sights 2
  • Gallery 3
  • Twin towns - sister cities 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Loreto is located 127 metres (417 feet) above sea-level on the right bank of the Musone river. It is 22 kilometres (14 miles) by rail south-southeast of Ancona. Like many places in the Marche, it provides good views from the Apennines to the Adriatic.

Main sights

Loreto's main monuments occupy the four sides of the piazza: the college of the Jesuits, the Palazzo Comunale (formerly the Palazzo Apostolico), designed by Bramante, with an art gallery with works of Lorenzo Lotto, Vouet and Annibale Carracci as well as a collection of maiolica, and the Shrine of the Holy House (Santuario della Santa Casa).

The city has also a massive line of walls designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, which were erected from 1518 and reinforced in the 17th century.


Twin towns - sister cities

Loreto is twinned with:[1]

See also


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External links

  • Official website
  • Official website of the sanctuary
  • LoretoCatholic Encyclopedia article

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