The church of Saint Mary of Portonovo (Santa Maria di Portonovo), is one of the most interesting examples of Romanesque architecture in central Italy. Dating back to 1034, it was located next to a Benedictine monastery, which collapsed in 1300. The Church, for nearly 700 years, was the only building in Portonovo Bay.
The Romanesque style permeates the architecture of the church, with five naves placed under an octagonal dome of Byzantine inspiration; built with the white stone from the Conero, it is located directly above the sea and this position increases its suggestive nature.
The church was restored in the 80s and can be visited during certain periods of the year.
For season 2014, the church observes the following opening hours
(guided tours and free admission for a voluntary contribution):
- Up to April 13: Sunday, 10.30am - 1pm.
- From April 14 to June 16: Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am - 12.30pm.
- From June 16 to August 31: from Wednesday to Sunday, 5.30pm - 8pm.
- From September 1 to September 28: from Friday to Sunday, 5pm - 7pm.
- From October 2014 to April 2015: Sunday and holidays, 10.30am – 1pm.
- From June 22 to August 31: Sunday Mass, 9:30 am.
For extra visits (groups, minimum 10 people) contact, at least 24 hours before, the "Merlin" Company: Marica Marchetti (mobile 339-3267080) and Cecilia Favi (mobile 340-9915574) or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org .