Comune di Loreto
Piazza della Madonna with façade of the Basilica
Location of Loreto
Location of Loreto in Italy
Loreto (Marche)
Coordinates: 43°26′20″N 13°36′31″E / 43.43889°N 13.60861°E / 43.43889; 13.60861
ProvinceAncona (AN)
FrazioniCostabianca, Grotte, Stazione, Villa Berghigna, Villa Costantina, Villa Musone, Villa Papa
 • MayorPaolo Niccoletti
 • Total17.69 km2 (6.83 sq mi)
127 m (417 ft)
 (28 February 2009)[2]
 • Total12,278
 • Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Loretani or Lauretani
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code071
Patron saintBirth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint dayDecember 10
WebsiteOfficial website

Loreto (/ləˈrɛt/ lə-RET-oh,[3] US also /ləˈrt/ lə-RAY-toh,[4] Italian: [loˈreːto]) is a hill town 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.


Loreto is located 127 meters (417 feet) above sea level on the right bank of the Musone river and 22 kilometers (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

The city'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, that houses 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). It also boasts a massive line of walls, designed by the architect ( and military engineer ) Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, which were erected from 1518 and reinforced in the 17th century.


Twin towns and sister cities

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Italy

Loreto is twinned with:[5]

See also


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  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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  6. ^ "Fraternitas 33 – eng". www.ofm.org. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  7. ^ "Nazareth and Loreto – Twin Shrines". www.loretonh.nsw.edu.au. Archived from the original on 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  8. ^ "Comune di Loreto – Loreto – Daroun Harissa – Accordo di gemellaggio". Comune.loreto.an.it. Retrieved 2013-03-26.