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Comune di Tolentino
Coat of arms of Tolentino
Tolentino within the Province of Macerata
Tolentino within the Province of Macerata
Location of Tolentino
Tolentino is located in Italy
Location of Tolentino in Italy
Tolentino is located in Marche
Tolentino (Marche)
Coordinates: 43°13′N 13°23′E / 43.217°N 13.383°E / 43.217; 13.383
ProvinceMacerata (MC)
Frazionisee list
 • MayorGiuseppe Pezzanesi (PdL)
 • Total94.86 km2 (36.63 sq mi)
256 m (840 ft)
 (31 December 2019)[2]
 • Total18,858
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0733
Patron saintSt. Catervus
Saint dayOctober 17
WebsiteOfficial website

Tolentino (Maceratese: Tulindì) is a town and comune of about 19,000 inhabitants, in the province of Macerata in the Marche region of central Italy.

It is located in the middle of the valley of the Chienti.


Roman sarcophagus in San Catervo

Signs of the first inhabitants of this favorable and fertile coastal zone, between the mountains and the Adriatic, date to the Lower Paleolithic.

Numerous tombs, from the 8th to the 4th centuries BCE, attest to the presence of the culture of the Piceni at the site of today's city, Roman Tolentinum, linked to Rome by the via Flaminia. Tolentinum was the seat of the diocese of Tolentino from the late 6th century, under the patronage of the local Saint Catervo. The urban commune is attested from 1099, assuming its mature communal form between 1170 and 1190, settling its boundaries through friction with neighboring communes like S. Severino and Camerino. From the end of the 14th century, the commune passed into the hands of the da Varano family and then the Sforza, before becoming part of the Papal States until the arrival of Napoleon.

The Treaty of Tolentino between Bonaparte and Pope Pius VI was signed in the city on 19 February 1797: this imposed territorial and economic strictures on the Papacy.[3]

In 1815, at the battle of Tolentino, Joachim Murat was decisively defeated by Frederick Bianchi at the head of Austrian forces, resulting in his abdication. Tolentino returned to papal control until Italian unification in 1861.

In the late 19th century industrial development decisively linked Tolentino economically to the rest of Italy.


The municipality borders with Belforte del Chienti, Camporotondo di Fiastrone, Colmurano, Corridonia, Macerata, Petriolo, Pollenza, San Ginesio, San Severino Marche, Serrapetrona, Treia and Urbisaglia.[4]


Tolentino counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Abbadia di Fiastra, Acquasalata, Ancaiano, Asinina, Bura, Calcavenaccio, Casa di Cristo, Casone, Cisterna, Collina, Colmaggiore, Divina Pastora, Fontajello, Fontebigoncio, Grazie, Maestà, Massaccio, Pace, Parruccia, Paterno, Pianarucci, Pianciano, Pianibianchi, Portanova, Rambona, Rancia, Regnano, Ributino, Riolante, Rofanello, Rosciano, Rotondo, Sant'Andrea, Sant'Angelo, San Bartolomeo, Santa Croce, San Diego, San Giovanni, San Giuseppe, Santa Lucia, San Martino, San Rocco, Salcito, Santissimo Redentore, Troiano, Vaglie and Vicigliano.


Tolentino is home to Arena, the swimwear brand, and Poltrona Frau, the noted designer of leather furniture and automotive interiors — as well as the Poltrona Frau Museum, designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, to display furniture products.

Main sights

Notable people

The most famous Tolentinati are St Nicholas of Tolentino (c. 1246–1305) and the humanist Francesco Filelfo (1398–1481). Other notable people:


Tolentino is about 60 kilometres (37 mi) from the western Flaminia insertion to Rome and 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the Adriatic sea and A14 highway to the east: the SS77 highway connects the town to both these state routes. There are bus lines from here to the nearby minor towns and villages and a railway leading from Civitanova to Fabriano. The nearest major airport is Falconara (Ancona), about 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Tolentino but linked by highway, and there is a tiny airstrip for ultralight aviation in the town's immediate surroundings.

International relations

Tolentino is twinned with:

Titular see

On 17 December 2022, the Holy See established the titular see of Tolentino. Prelates who have held the title are:

See also


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tolentino" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1052.
  4. ^ 42350 (x a j h) Tolentino on OpenStreetMap
  5. ^ "Serravalle e Tolentino firmano il gemellaggio in ottica sinergica" (in Italian). Retrieved 2024-01-14.