Amandola is a small Medieval centre located on the eastern slopes of the Sibillini National Park and on the left side of the Tenna river. It’s 500 metres above the sea level. The name Amandola comes from the almond tree which used to grow in this area.
It’s one of the most important historical and cultural centres in the Sibillini Mountains, and it’s noteworthy also for the nature that surrounds it. Many landscapes characterize, in fact, this area: the harsh and wild mountains, the valleys carved by rivers, the well set villages are the many elements which make it exceptional.
The historical centre lies on three hills and is made up of civil and religious buildings, of impressive and sumptuous palaces, of nice and hidden paths. The centre can be reached through a crenellated gateway.
Wonderful views over the eastern side of the park can be enjoyed from Amandola. The Cloister of St. Francesco houses the museum showing the human and natural aspects of the park, and it’s also the seat of a Park’s Visitor Centre. Worth seeing are the 15th century house with a dovecoat, the Fenice historic theatre and the nearby 15th century defensive tower, both of which are in the former social and religious hub of the town, Piazza Alta. The 14th century church of St. Agostino is with a 18th century façade and gothic portal, it has a belfry by Mario Pietro Lombardo dating back to 1468 with ogival mullioned windows and an octagonal spire. The church of S.Francesco houses a wooden Crucifix of the late 13th century. In the chapel an impressive cycle of frescoes of the 15th century Umbro-Marchigian school can be seen. The convent of St. Bernardino or convent of the Capuchins was built in 1540.
In the outskirts of Amandola stands the Romanesque abbey of Ss. Rufino e Vitale, founded in the 6th century, whereas 5 kilometres far from Amandola you can reach the abbey of Holy Vincenzo and Anastasio.
Amandola is well known for the precious white truffle which grows in the woods, as well as for the production of the Pink Apple from the Sibillini Montains, a Slow Food protected product.
Among recurring festivities, worth mentioning are the Paniccià Carnival; at the end of August, the old historical festival of the “Canestrelle” celebrates the offering of wheat to the local Blessed Anthony. A parade with people dressed in farmers’ costumes and many other shows are scheduled. In autumn takes place “Diamanti a tavola”, the Fair of the Precious White Truffle from Amandola.
The town, which was in the past an important centre of production of woolen clothes, is a thriving artisans’ centre and also provides services for mountain lovers, including bikers and hikers. The San Ruffino Lake is a further resource in the open- air.
The historic center, the monuments and the museums of the town are partially accessible. For information please write to Toll-free Number Marche Tourism (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact the phone numbers listed below.