The abbey is located along the mid-valley of the river Potenza, nearby Pollenza old town centre.
Santa Maria di Rambona is one of the most suggestive religious structure in Macerata’s province, even if the monastery is nearly disappeared, and from the Roman church remain only a three apses presbytery and the crypt. The front part is completely hidden by private houses, but the ancient church entrance and the ancient façade are still visible, in part.
During the High Middle Age, the monastery was very important as it had the jurisdiction to all the big area from the slopes of the Sibillini mountains to the mouth of the river Potenza
The Abbey, whose origin is related to the arrival in the area of Benedictine monks around the 18th century, experienced its era of maximum splendour towards the end of the 9th century, when the Lombard Queen Ageltrude provided a new impulse for the Abbey by founding a church on the site of a pagan temple dedicated to the goddess Bona, from whom Rambona derives its name.
After a long period of prosperity, it was sacked and partially destroyed by Francesco Sforza in 1433 and from then onwards began its period of decline. From 1483 to 1821 it was placed under lay administration and subsequently became private property, retaining, however, its parish functions from 1819. Over the course of time the monastic structure underwent numerous refurbishments, including work which re-used architectural and decorative materials from the Roman period dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries.
Of particular interest is the crypt designed with five aisles divided by Roman columns with Romanesque granite and marble columns with sculpted capitals, one different from the other. All the decorations represent the typical Christian symbolism: baskets, little palms, and typical Middle Age beasts (the lion- representing Christ’s resurrection, the pelican – Christ feeding his Church, etc.). Those are typical from the Romanic age (12th Century). But the original structure was built during the High Middle Age, and had a typical structure in Ottonian style: a unique nave, with a deep apse flanked by two rectangular sacellums (with two little apses too), and connected to the central nave with a big lateral arcade. In the central apse remain two frescos representing the Holy Mary sitting on a throne and Saint Amico that is curbing a wolf.
Opening times: from Monday to Friday 4 PM – 7.30 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM-12 AM / 3 PM- 7.30 PM
Guided tours: Saturday and Sunday 10 AM-12 AM / 3 PM- 7.30 PM
In July and August guided tours on THURSDAY and FRIDAY (with the same schedule).