Live like a local in Macerata, Italy

Ahhh….Macerata, Italy. Not a typical place for people to wind up or find themselves when traveling through Italy. Still, it is one of my favorite places and will forever hold a special place in my heart. I spent a few months of my life teaching English there if you recall. You can truly immerse yourself when living in a city away from all of those American tourists, I have to say. So, what were some of my favorite pastimes while living in Macerata? How did I explore the city? How did I live like a local while over there?

  1. You must go to MagaCacao. Absolutely must go there. It is where all the locals hang, all of the students. And their chocolate cake gives new meaning to Death by Chocolate. It has to be one of the most amazing things that I have ever eaten in my entire life. Seriously!!! Their chocolate cake is LIFE CHANGING!!
  2. You must visit Sferisterio! It was one of Europe’s and Italy’s most stunning outdoor theaters. They even hold an annual opera festival.
  3. You must pay a visit to the many regular marketplaces.
  4. You must visit the University of Macerata. It is an extremely old university and has been around since at least 1290.
  5. Get lost in the city. Macerata is one of those towns that is old and inside a brick wall. It is absolutely gorgeous and lovely and small and next to impossible to get lost. Keep walking and you will stumble upon quaint bistros and restaurants and shops.
  6. Take day trips to nearby towns such as Civitanova and Ancona.
  7. Try local wine from Macerata and the rest of the Le Marche region. That is one of the most beautiful things about Italy. And probably one of my favorite things, that each region has its own wine.
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