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Strolling through Marche region: Campofilone

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

Veduta panoramica d Campofilone

My “walking around the Marche” continues towards Campofilone, the town of my heart where I spent my childhood. I lived in the house with the green door between the Church and the Town Hall in the historic center of the medieval village. In the historic center lives only few people, for this reason they well knows each other, are ready to help each other and are really friends as a big family.

Campofilone is very famous around the world for “maccheroncini” (it’s a kind of pasta), and every inhabitant of this village is proud of this special typical product.

So, if you are on holiday in this area, you really must stop to eat maccheroncini with an excellent meat sauce.

And before leaving, you must buy them. According to tradition they are sold in sheets of folded white paper and then pakaged in boxes.

It is a type of pasta made with fresh eggs and flour.

These two ingredients are mixed together to make a very thin sheet, less than 1 mm thick.

The dough is then finely cut in order to obtain “maccheroncini”, usually long from 35 to 60 cm (14 – 23 inch) and width only from 0.80 to 1.20 mm (0,03 – 0,04 inch).

Since 2013 they have obtained the IGP mark.

It seems they are very ancient. The first trace of maccheroncini dates back to 1560 when on the occasion of the Council of Trent was offered to the guests a plate of very thin pasta coming from Campofilone.

Maccheroncini were commonly produced by the peasant families of the village to use and don’t waste large quantities of eggs. This kind of pasta, cutted and dried, in fact could be preserved for long periods without ruining itself, allowing the sustenance of the family for months.

The small historic center is crossed by main street that goes from Porta Marina, up to the Church of San Bartolomeo and the abbey garden.

Porta Marina is the main entrance to the village. Even today you can see the hinges of the wooden door used in the past to close the village to enemies. You can see also some loopholes used during the Middle Age to throw water or boiling oil on the enemies ready to attack the castle.

The other gates of access to the village are "Porta da Bora" and "Porta da Sole" respectively north and south entrance of the village.

Very particular is the Porta da Sole, here you can still see the surrounding walls of the village and above all from here starts a covered passage with cross vaults that leads to the historic center.

At the end of the main street, you can see the Church of San Bartolomeo, the most important of the village. The Church dates back to 1800, but it wa completely rebuilt in the 19th century, after earthquake damage. It is in neoclassical style with a rectangular Greek cross plan. The ceiling is covered by a barrel vault and has the dome placed right in the center of the cross.

Inside you can admire frescoes by Luigi Fontana (1899) as well as the located in the rectory. The room was created to celebrate all abbots who have led the Abbey during the centuries.

Within the parish complex you can also visit the liturgical archaeological museum and the Malacological museum.

In the westernmost part of the village, behind the Church of S. Bartolomeo, there is the abbey garden. Once it was used by the Benedictine monks as a vegetable garden (hence the name of Orto Abbaziale). Here you can see the remains of the medieval walls and enjoy a splendid panoramic view: the rolling hills up to the Sibillini mountains.

In the village you can also admire Piazza (square) Umberto I where you can see is the new town hall and the attractive façade, with a brick portico surmounted by a terrace, of the Teatro Comunale (City Theater) (1928).

Outside the medieval walls you can see the other Church of the village: the Church of San Patrizio (St. Patrik), built towards the end of the 16th century. Initially it was located to the right of Porta Marina, close to the castle walls.

Demolished at the end of the 19th century, it was rebuilt further north, on the Boreal side, where it can still be admired today.

The Church was consecrated on 10 September 1893. In 1924 the church was equipped with a bell tower.

Inside you can admire an altarpiece from the 18th century, recently restored and featuring oil on canvas depicting the Madonna and Child, St. Bartholome (patron saint of Campofilone), St. Patrick (co-protector) and St. Joseph. In the semi-dome of the apse you can see also St. Patrick blessing the village painted by the master Luigi Fontana as well as stuccoes and curtains by his pupil Niccolò Achilli.

This Chuch in a really jewl that you must visit before leaving the village of Campofilone.

Therefore, in Campofilone you cannot only eat maccheroncini, you can stroll arond history and culture.

What do you think, this village deserves a stop during your "strolling around the Marche" region?

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