Recanati is the hometown of Giacomo Leopardi, who is considered to be the greatest italian poet of the 19th century. Palazzo Leopardi is the birthplace of the poet, and is now inhabited by the descendants and open to the public. Among the areas that is possible to visit, especially valuable is undoubtedly the library, which preserves more than 20,000 volumes collected by the poet’s father, Monaldo. The Colle dell’Infinito (Hill of Infinity) is the summit of the Tabor mount, which overlooks the vast landscape that inspired Leopardi’s masterpiece “L’infinito”, composed when the poet was 21 years old. Inside the park stands the World Center of Poetry and Culture, a venue for conferences, seminars, and cultural events. In the autumn of 2013 it was shot in Recanati “Il giovane favoloso” by Mario Martone, a film based on the life of Giacomo Leopardi starring the famous italian actor Elio Germano as the protagonist.
Every summer, musical events of national relevance take place at Sferisterio, the most important of which are undoubtedly the Macerata Opera Festival and Musicultura.
The Macerata Opera Festival brings to the stage Opera performances with the best artists of the international scene and of the highest possible quality, focusing each year on a different theme that binds the different works.
Musicultura is a festival of Italian folk singers and emerging bands, with prestigious national and international guests.