Dreamy hills, ancient history and glorious monuments – all this is Macerata. The city is set in a natural landscape, surrounded by rolling hills, wide valleys and cultivated fields.The monuments of Macerata, such as the famous Semisferio, Palazzo Buonaccorsi and Palazzo della Biblioteca make the city enchanting. The town university, founded in 1290, is one of the oldest universities in the world with a wide range of faculties. Thanks to the presence of monuments of incredible artistic and architectural beauty and the university, Macerata can be considered a lively and sparkling center. Macerata is not related only to history and art, but also to a very long cultural and folkloristic tradition. The city is the setting of Macerata Opera Festival, one of the most important opera performances in Italy, as well as the Festival of San Giuliano, the town's patron saint.If after a long tour of monuments and theatres you’re desperately looking for something to eat, you can satisfy your palate with the various typical dishes of the city, such as “vincisgrassi alla maceratese”, “li frascarelli” and “Guggiolone”, a dessert wine made from jujubes.