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Enrich your experience at the 2020 Macerata Opera Festival!

Discovering the backstage

Guided tour with the Friends
of the Sferisterio Association


An exciting experience to discover the town and theatre history, walking through the little alleys leading backstage. You can meet the technicians, costume makers. prop finders, and feel the thrill before every performance. You can also walk the secret places where Pavarotti and Nureyev waited to go on stage.

For groups of maximum 20 spectators.

On performing weekends at 6.00 pm.

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We are the only Festival that gives you the chance to see the making of a show: a unique experience offered by “Opera iPad”. We will be live on the Macerata Opera Festival Facebook page everyday for ten minutes to offer you a glimpse into the backstage world of the Sferisterio: singers, costumes, set design, and much more. You will explore the unseen areas of the theatre with the protagonists of the Festival, who will also share stories, news, and curiosities about the Sferisterio opera season.



Istituto Marchigiano
di Tutela Vini

You can take your experience beyond the Sferisterio and the whole town: wine cellar concerts combine great music and wine tasting, mostly at sunset. A toast with the most distinguished local wines, with beautiful music, in the most charming cellars of the area.

What to see in Macerata

Arena Sferisterio

In the beginning, the arena was designed to host the back-then Italian national sport pallone col bracciale. The transformation of the Sferisterio into a theatre crosses 2 centuries of history. Continue reading (more...)

Lauro Rossi

Antonio Galli Bibiena was the first architect to be assigned the design of the present theatre of Macerata in 1765. After some modifications by Cosimo Morelli, the theatre was completed in 1772. Continue reading (more...)

Macerata Musei

Dal martedì alla domenica ore 10.00 – 19.00 Arte antica, moderna e Museo della Carrozza, nei giorni delle opere, ore 18.00 Meraviglie d’arte Speciali visite guidate 4 euro Continue reading (more...)

Poltrona Frau Museum

Poltrona Frau Museum is a project by Michele De Lucchi. It was created and opened for Poltrona Frau's 100th anniversary. Continue reading (more...)

By bus

FROM SOUTH: (Ascoli Piceno, San Benedetto del Tronto, Grottammare ecc.): Linee Start

FROM NORTH: (from Rimini and Riccione to Gabicce): Linee Bonelli Bus

By car

From the Adriatic coast
A14 motorway, Macerata-Civitanova Marche junction

Take the Via Luigi Einaudi road, go past the sign for Civitanova Marche sud/Strada Statale Adriatica (SS16): come off at the Civitanova Marche Ovest exit and head for Macerata/Tolentino/Foligno on highway SS77. Continue for about 18km then turn off at Macerata Sud/Corridonia.

From the Tyrrhenian coast
A1 motorway; if you are travelling from Florence come off at Val di Chiana junction, heading towards Perugia, Foligno, Colfiorito;

If you are travelling from Rome
Orte junction, heading towards Terni, Foligno, Colfiorito. Take highway SS77 heading towards Tolentino/Civitanova Marche: come off at Macerata Ovest/Sforzacosta. Continue on the local SP77 road called the “Val Di Chienti”, heading towards Macerata then Macerata Centro.     


By Train

Macerata central station
When travelling from the north and south: national rail service for Civitanova Marche. Take the local train on local line for Macerata or Trenitalia bus. 
From the west: national rail service for Fabriano. Take the local train on local line for Macerata or Trenitalia bus.  


By plane

”Raffaello Sanzio” Falconara Marittima Airport (AN) then:
By car: A14 motorway (Ancona nord) heading towards Pescara, Macerata – Civitanova Marche junction, then the SS 77 highway heading towards Macerata.
By train: at Castelferretti station take the Ancona train for Civitanova Marche, then the connection for Macerata from there.
J Conerobus coach service from Falconara to Ancona, then the autolinee Farabollini coach service from Ancona to Macerata.


Railway Station  tel. +39 0733 240353
Piazza della Libertà tel. +39 0733 233570
Diaz Gardens tel. +39 0733 231339

The Park Sferisterio is free on show evenings and open all night!