Between history and legend
The origins of Magliano di Tenna are not well documented. According to oral tradition it dates back to the year 1000 with the first settlements of the Farfa monks. The toponym could derive from a legendary mercenary leader: Malleano, from which castrum Malleani, or according to another thesis from the Roman family “Manli. There are few documents available due to a fire that destroyed the municipal archive in the last century. But the well-preserved medieval village, with its towers and walls, tells an ancient story. It’ s one of the castles around the Roman city of Firmum (Fermo), one of the first Piceni settlements. From 1229 to 1240 it was a possession of Montegiorgio by decision of the Swabian emperors Federico I and Federico II. Magliano was disputed, for its strategic position, by both Montegiorgio and Fermo. In 1413 Magliano was conquered first by the Malatesta and then by the Sforza, to return in 1416 under the dominion of the municipality of Fermo. During the Napoleonic occupation Magliano was included in the “Cantone” of Montegiorgio. After the Napoleonic fall, the Marche returned to be part of the Papal State and remained as so until the unification of Italy.