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Smerillo

The municipality

Smerillo is a municipality of 392 inhabitants in the province of Fermo.
It is located on a spur at 806 metres above sea level, where it is possible to admire the peaks of the Monti Sibillini to the West. To the East the view shows all the Fermo area and its coast, the Tenna and Aso Valley and the coast of Abruzzo. The hill of the Macerata area until the Monte Conero are visible to the North, while the Monti della Laga and the Gran Sasso d’Italia can be seen to the South.

“Musei di Smerillo” Museum Department

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The “Musei di Smerillo” Museum Department is located in the former school in via A.C. Nobili which belongs to the Municipal Administration of Smerillo. The museum is divided in three exhibition sections and a centre of environmental education.

Museum of fossils and minerals

The section of the Museum of fossils and minerals displays a collection of local fossils that date back to the Early Pliocene in addition to Italian fossils from the Palaeozoic to the Neozoic. The museum of minerals displays many interesting exemplars of many different sizes, shapes, colours and physical properties, among which stand out some peculiar minerals that are fluorescent when exposed to the rays of a black light. Furthermore, there is a section of the museum where it is possible to find the scale of mineral hardness from graphite to diamonds.

The many fossils of Smerillo testify the evolution process in a territory subject to an environmental transformation called rock cycle, i.e. the progressive morphological transformation of the landscape that progressively made the sea recoil. Later on, a slow tectonic raise in addition to a consistent process of sedimentation originated the first mountains of the Apennines by placing one rock on top of the other.

Among all the fossil areas worth to be visited, the outcrop of the Fessa (fissure) is the most important evidence that the Apennines are constituted by prehistoric sea material. The fissure consist of a deep incision on the rock where a person at a time can pass through. It preserves the nestled layer sequence of sandstone and sand conglomerates in addition to many fossils of ostrea edulis.

Contemporary Art Gallery

The art section Contemporary Art Gallery mostly displays sculptures, paintings and artworks of artists from the Marche who share the common thread of the sculptor from Macerata Umberto Peschi. The Contemporary Art gallery was founded in 1998 by commission of the Municipal Administration with the joint effort of the association Alberto and Umberto Peschi for the visual arts of Macerata. The artworks displayed in the gallery grew in number year after year, thanks to the contribution of many artists. Among all the artists it is worth mentioning Umberto Peschi, Wladimiro Tulli, Valeriano Trubbiano, and Giorgio Bompadre. As mentioned earlier on, the common thread of the gallery is Umberto Peschi, a sculptor from Macerata who passed away in 1992 and who lived the years of the Futurism back in the 30’s. Umberto Peschi used to be a supporter of the Italian avant-garde movement of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Later on, Peschi perceived that the initial momentum of the futurism started to weaken, no longer with his dear friend Bruno Tano, and was called by a rappel à l’ordre. Peschi managed to get back to the classical standards of beauty and to its strict tradition thanks to the use of the wood. This is the reason why he himself brilliantly called the last part of his art production “woodworm art”, an abstracted stage of his artistic expression where he created warm wooden artworks without being influenced by the outside world.

Museum of the Children’s
Art Gallery

The third sector of the museum district is composed by a specialized museum called Museum of the Children’s Art Gallery, which aims to encourage a dialogue with the youngest generations on the most important topics of the human nature. The Museum of the Children’s art gallery was founded in 1999 with an exhibition on the subject “Children and peace”, where drawings, tales and essays were displayed to be discussed at school with the teachers.

Environmental Education Centre

Moreover, the museum district hosts the Environmental Education Centre, which aims to raise awareness and to provide better knowledge of the environment and its peculiarities. The Environmental Education Centre also hosts the Orienteering permanent school since October, 10, 1998.

EVENTS

Smerillo is famous for its Castagnata (Chestnut festival) that is celebrated every October, where the visitors can taste traditional dishes based on chestnuts and wine.

The summer festival Le parole della Montagna (the words of the mountain) is also well-known, it consists in concerts, temporary exhibitions, street markets and philosophy and literature conferences where scholars and experts are invited to discuss on specific topics that are chosen every year.

Furthermore, Smerillo is part of a network that aims to value wild herbs, thus organizing food and wine events every year that revive the traditional wild herb based cuisine, focusing on their collection and preparation just like the local restaurants do.

Summer Opening

June

Every Sunday, and Tuesday, 02
Morning from 10:00AM to 12:00AM
Afternoon from 4:00PM to 6:00PM

July and August

Everyday (closed on Monday)
Morning from 10:00AM to 12:00AM
Afternoon from 4:00PM to 6:00PM

September

Every Sunday
Morning from 10:00AM to 12:00AM
Afternoon from 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Call first the number 328.9455977

 

Addresses

Via Amedeo Corrado Nobili, 11
63856 Smerillo
Tel. +39 0734 79423
www.smerillo.com