Built in the mid-seventeenth century in the same area of ??the ancient church of St. John Lateran, it is now incorporated in the old people’s home commissioned by Gaspare Spontini.
At the entrance on the left you will find the marble sarcophagus where Gaspare Spontini is buried; the medallion is by Antonio Canova while the painting on the main altar depicting the "Crucifixion” was donated to the church by Celeste Erard after her husband's death (1851).
It’s hard to imagine a better setting in which to enjoy wonderful walks along its beautiful landscapes and the flavours of traditional recipes.
Small castle situated atop a hill rich in vineyards and still strongly tied to the production of Verdicchio wine.
San Paolo of Jesi dominates the right side of Esino Valley, just 12 kilometers from the town of Jesi.
The population is composed of just 930 inhabitants and the village extends 10 square kilometers.
It can be easily reached from the major towns of the valley and of the Adriatic coast. It is 40 kilometers far from Ancona, 25 km from Falconara airport and only 5 km from the highway.
San Paolo derives its name from St. Paul who has been its patron since the Middle Ages .
The original name was "Castrum Montis Sancti Pauli" and referred to a small church dedicated to St. Paul, which may have belonged to the monks.
On 8th February 1863 the specification “of Jesi” has been added to the traditional name in order to distinguish it from other towns having the same name.
Only in 1079 there is the first evidence of primitive "castrum" while the first mention of San Paolo as a castle of the County of Jesi dates back to 1275.
San Paolo was mentioned together with Staffolo on occasion of an adjustment of the borders between the towns of Jesi and Osimo in 1286 and therefore it belonged surely to the County of Jesi. This was later confirmed both in the "Descriptio Marchiae Anconitanae", a collection of contemporary documents, in which San Paolo is one of the "castrates and villas" of the town of Jesi, and in Egidiane Constitutions issued in 1357 by cardinal Albornoz after the recovery of the various communities in the Marches which had rebelled against the Church of Rome.
During the first half of the fifteenth century Jesi was incorporated in the State of the Church and as a consequence San Paolo too recognized the sovereignty of the Pope. The castle of San Paolo belonged to the County of Jesi until 1808. After the descent of Napoleon's troops it became part of the canton of Apiro and later it was annexed to the municipality of Monte Roberto until 1818 when Pope Pius VII gave it independence. However in 1928 the fascist government decided to unite it to Staffolo. Only in 1946 San Paolo gained its autonomy again.
Climb the hill for a look around some remains of the walls of the church Santa Maria d’Arco and the attached Augustian monastery and admire the beautiful decorated in silver and copper gilt chalice, bearing the date 1523 and the name of the church it belonged to.
Distance: km 15
Time advised: an hour and a half
From Piazza Kennedy (Kennedy Square) follow via Trieste (Trieste Street) for about a kilometre and after the third “stop” turn left towards the Vecchia Fornace (Old brick factory).
Take the gravel road alongside the fishing lake until you reach the tarmac road; then turn left and shortly after turn left again onto the white road that leads you back to town.
Turn right and join the S.S. 76; turn left and then right taking the road that leads to the motorway.
Having crossed the level-crossing and the bridge over the River Esino, proceed along the road for about 3 km; then turn left and climb up to Maiolati Spontini.
When you join the village, turn to the left for Colle Celeste.From here go back to the tree-lined avenue and turn right towards the descent.At the junction turn left and join the long descent called Boccolina.
Once crossed the bridge over the River Esino, turn right towards the Vecchio Rotone.
Then turn left and follow the road on the left crossing a small bridge. Go through the railway subway and join the S.S. 76 again. Turn left and you are easily back to Piazza Kennedy.