Pesaro is located on the Adriatic coast of Italy in the Marche region halfway between Rimini and Ancona. Pesaro is a place for a leisurely aristocratic vacation. Pesaro sights are designed for people tired of the hustle and bustle: magnificent palaces and medieval castles, parks and fountains, the gentle sea and sand, museums, festivals and an unforgettable opera.
Pesaro is the city of opera, the city of the great composer Rossini, and rich aristocratic traditions are maintained in everything, even in elegant table setting in local restaurants. If you do not have enough romance, quiet walks under the starry sky through the narrow streets, a wonderful dinner on the beach with a light melody of the violin, you should definitely visit Pesaro.
How to get to Pesaro
The nearest airport to Pesaro is in the resort town of Rimini. Find flights to Rimini in the form below.
From Rimini to Pesaro go some 40 km. There are several ways to overcome this distance:
- the most budgetary: by train the railway line Bologna - Lecce. Trains from Rimini to Pesaro run from morning to evening with a frequency of 15-30 minutes.
- the most practical: rent a car at Rimini Airport and move freely between interesting towns in Italy. To get to Pesaro by car, follow the A14 motorway or its free SS16 counterpart.
- most comfortable: pre-order a transfer. This option is especially suitable for families with children, a large company, as well as those who are not used to traveling “light”.
Pesaro has a lot of hotels. Most of them are located along the Adriatic coast and offer stunning views of the sea, while others are located in the historic center or near the train station. You can always choose a hotel for you, depending on your preferences in the form below.
Of course, beaches are the main wealth of Pesaro. 8 km of golden sand, caressed by the blue waters of the Adriatic and partially covered by coastal cliffs from the cold winds, will give an unforgettable quiet and comfortable stay.
All Pesaro beaches are municipal
All Pesaro beaches are municipal, you can visit them for free. But you can use umbrellas and sunbeds only for an additional fee.
Despite the fact that the beaches are open to everyone, in Pesaro it is not noisy, but if you still want privacy, head north from the city center, to the beach of Bahia Flaminia covered with green hills.
Well, for those who want to go swimming all alone, the easiest way is to rent a car and head out of town towards the neighboring town of Fano. On the way you can find many "wild" beaches.
Sights of Pesaro
In the city of Pesaro, few historical sights of the times of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages have been preserved. The heyday of the city fell on the Renaissance, when the families of Malatesta, Sforza and Rover ruled here. Then, in Pesaro, most of the luxurious villas and palaces appeared, surrounded by green gardens and parks.
The heart of Pesaro, its main square is Piazza del popolo decorated immediately with three palaces. The most famous of them, built in the Renaissance style Palace of the Duke (Palazzo Ducale). Its appearance has changed repeatedly over the centuries, the basis of the modern appearance of the building dates from the middle of the 15th century. Initially, the palace was built for the Duke of Sforza, now it serves as a meeting of local authorities.
Palazzo Ducale - one of the main attractions of Pesaro
Here on the square you can see two more elegant palaces - the city hall (Palazzo Comunale), dating from the second half of the 16th century. and the post office (Palazzo delle Poste), built at the beginning of the XIX century.
Undoubtedly, the unusual decoration of the Piazza del Popolo fountain with figures of newts and dolphins. The modern fountain is an exact copy of the fountain of Lorenzo Ottoni of the XVII century. The decoration used red Verona marble and white Istrian stone.
Fountain on the Piazza del Popolo
From Piazza del Popolo down to the promenade stretches Rossini street (Via Gioacchino Rossini) seamlessly blending into Viale Repubblica. Among the attractions of the street are luxurious villas and mansions owned by noble citizens. One of them is world famous composer Gioacchino Rossini. House, where he spent the first 8 years of his life, is now a city museum. Nearby are conservatory and theater of the composer Rossiniwhere a grand opera festival is held in August.
The Rossini Theater annually hosts the world-famous opera festival
In general, Rossini is for Pesaro, like Pushkin is for Moscow. Even during the life of the maestro, the grateful citizens decided to erect a bronze monument to him in the central square. But after hearing the cost of a sculpture of 20 thousand lire, Rossini, being an outstanding person, said that he himself was ready to stand for the money in the role of a monument in the town square.
The monument to the composer Rossini was never erected in his hometown, except for a small sculpture in the niche of the facade wall of the Palazzo delle Poste, but among the sights of Pesaro you can find a monument to another native of the city - poet Odoardo Gianzantiwho wrote his works in the local native Pesar dialect.
Arnoldo Pomodoro Sphere on the city's waterfront
A leisurely stroll along Via Rossini and Viale Repubblica will lead you to the city promenade, where on Piazza della Liberta stands another city attraction of Pesaro - metal sphere (Sfera Grande) modern sculptor Arnoldo Pomodoro. Undoubtedly, those who have visited the Vatican Museums will find similarities between these two contemporary compositions.
The pompous pays attention to the square Villa Ruggeri, built at the end of the XIX century. in the then modern architectural style Art Nouveau with elements of art nouveau. Villa should definitely be circumvented from all sides, each of them has its own face.
Noteworthy are the numerous religious buildings of the city. Among which the first place is rightfully occupied Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The facade of the cathedral is made in the Romanesque style at the turn of the XIII-XIV centuries. interior decoration - in the style of neoclassicism of the late XIX century. The cathedral is interesting for its mosaic floors, left over from two early Christian churches of the 4th and 6th centuries.
Pesaro Cathedral in Italy
In addition to the cathedral, nearby you can find the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie of the 13th century, the church of St. Augustine of the 13th century, the Church of Nome di Dio, with an oratorio where beautiful works of painting of the 17th century are preserved, the Church of John the Baptist, built on the site of the family mausoleum of Alessandro Sforza in the 16th century and other religious buildings.
Majolica - another attraction of the city of Pesaro
Do not ignore the numerous city museums. So in a palace belonging to a wealthy merchant family from Bergamo (Palazzo Toschi Mosca) immediately located 2 city museums. The first - pinacoteca, which presents masterpieces of painting by Italian artists of the XIV-XX centuries. Second - museum of ceramics, in the exposition of which you can see the works of Renaissance masters. A stunning majolica is also exhibited here, in which the pezars know for sure.
On a note! Every third Sunday of the month, the traditional La Stradomenica holiday takes place in Pesaro, where tickets to museums can be bought at discounted prices or even free of charge.
The medieval fortress Rocca Costanza was built on the orders of the Duke of Sforza
And finally, let's say a few words about the most formidable medieval sights of Pesaro - military fortress Rocca Costanza. It was built by order of the Duke of Sforza at the beginning of the 16th century. and now serves for various cultural events in the summer season.
By the way, we recommend that you rent a car in the vicinity of Pesaro for those who rent a car. Nearby are two luxury villas - Villa Imperialewhere they often organize theatrical evenings and Villa Caprilefamous for its puppet theater. Also immediately outside the city is the incredibly beautiful Monte San Bartolo Natural Park, which is very popular.
Imperial Villa in Pesaro
Generally Pesaro is very conveniently located. From here it is close at hand to the no less famous town of Urbino - the homeland of Raphael, the famous pilgrimage center of the Loreto Basilica in Loreto and even one of the dwarf states of Europe - San Marino. Also nearby is Ancona, famous for its port, from where you can go to neighboring countries, such as Albania, Croatia or Greece.
Festivals and other cultural events in Pesaro
Pesaro is not only historical sights and beaches, but also a cultural holiday. The city is very fond of opera and theatrical art.
Every year in August, the resort organizes the world's largest festival of opera music named after Gioacchino Rossini.
Opera Festival Gioacchino Rossini - the largest event of the year in Pesaro
Famous musicians, dancers and artists from around the world are expected at the Rossini Theater and during the annual concert and theater seasons.
Very popular events in the city were the international exhibition of modern cinema and the autumn festival of dramatic art.
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