Sant'Angelo in Pontano, (Macerata)
Sant'Angelo in Pontano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Macerata in the Italian region Marche, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Ancona and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of Macerata. It stands in pleasant position with a panoramic view over the adjacent valleys of Ete Morto river and Tenna riverOrigins of the nameThe first part of the name is a clear reference to Saint Michael Archangel, worshipped by the Lombards, whose image appears on the village coat of arms; according to popular tradition, the last word derives from pantano meaning swamp or marsh, as it seems that in early times there was some marshland in the valley below the village. More probably, the name comes from being Sant'Angelo located in the administrative district of the Gastaldato Pontano, established by the Lombard Duke of Spoleto.Main sightsCollegiata del SS. Salvatore (early 12th century), in Romanesque-Gothic style. It has a nave and two aisles. The crypt is from the 14th centuryChurch of San Michele, built over a former Lombard chapel of which a basrelief remains today.St. Nicholas church (late 15th to 18th centuries). Remarkable frescos and paintings (Cappellone)Rocca (castle) of San Filippo (13th century), outside the town.Watchtower (known from 1397)ReferencesExternal linksOfficial websiteSant'Angelo in Pontano - Conoscere un paese..