CLOCK TOWER

The mighty cylindrical tower is the most prominent monument building in the village and also its most recurring image. It is connected to another tower by a covered path at the height of the patrol walkway.

It was covered and decorated in its current form in 1903, when part of the walls including the ancient access door and the civic tower, on which the public clock was originally placed, were demolished.

Through a door located on the patrol walkway, (access is from Vicolo Forni, first turn right, along via Roma) you can access the upper floor, where the clock face, the connecting rod, the pendulum and original weights for manual recharging can be found. From this first room, a wooden staircase leads to the “heart” of the clock, where all of the mechanisms and the toothed wheel are located.

Designed and built in 1849 by Pietro Mei, as evidenced by the inscription on the serial number, the clock is still in working order, and is wound manually every day by a municipal employee.

Climbing to the top of the tower, you reach the roof, where you can admire the belfry where the bells are located. These bells, at the command of the clock, strike every fifteen minutes.

After the recent 2011 renovation, visitors are allowed to access the tower. From the top of the tower they can admire a breathtaking 360° view of the landscape which stretches from the Apennine mountains,passing over the roofs of the houses in the historic centre of Montecarotto, to The Esino and Misa river valleys reaching the Adriatic sea and and Mount Conero.