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Pesaro & Urbino

In the footsteps of the ancient Romans

Urbino and the Montefeltro
Urbino is one of the most important towns in Marche, and also of Italy, with its great Italian art and architecture. Urbino was one of the most illustrious courts in Europe during the 15th century and the Duke Federico da Montefeltro’s Palace is one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance palaces, hosting the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche with a remarkable collection of paintings.

From Urbino you head north-west to Sassocorvaro, to admire the castle in the centre of the village, then stop in Macerata Feltria to look around the Medieval part of the town. From here go to the small town of Carpegna, famous for it’s beautiful Renaissance palace and for the raw cured ham, Prosciutto di Carpegna.

The city of Pesaro, "Pisaurum", was an important Roman colony.
After the Romans left, Pesaro, as did most of Italy, severely endured a troubled life among barbarian rulers and Byzantines. Under the domination of the della Rovere family, Pesaro reached its greatest period of prosperity.
The historical centre of the town is made up of picturesque streets with ancient palaces, churches, museums and many interesting libraries.
Don’t miss out on the Civic Museums, the main square with the Renaissance Palace, the Rossini's House, the Library Oliveriana, the Villino Ruggeri, gem of the liberty style, and the mosaics of the Cathedral.

The interesting big City Market takes place every Tuesday and the Antiques Market is held on the third Sunday of each month. The clothing shopping counts hundreds of shops, many of which are of the highest quality.

Pesaro also offers 7 km of sandy beaches and the enchanting San Bartolo Park, where land and sea comes together in a truly wonderful spectacle over the Adriatic coast.
The park, which covers about 1600 hectares, has a well-organized network of paths. The San Bartolo is accessible by car or bike along the scenic road that starts in Pesaro. On the top of the park you can visit Fiorenzuola and Casteldimezzo, enchanting medieval villages, and Colombarone, an important archaeological site.

Pesaro is best known for the international Rossini Opera Festival. Every August the festival stages masterpieces by Gioachino Rossini, with singers and artists’ known worldwide, and the International Festival of the New Cinema.

Fano was first a center of Picena civilization, and then became an important Roman town. It is the end point of the Via Flaminia that joins Rome with the Middle Adriatic coast.

Fano was known as Fanum Fortunae, a name that refers to the "Temple of Fortune", most probably erected to celebrate the battle of the Metauro, when in the year 207 BC the Roman legions defeated the army of the Carthaginian general Hasdrubal, eventually leading to his death.

The marble Arch of Augustus is the symbol of the city of Fano, with it still preserved walls, first built by the Romans, later enlarged by the Malatesta family in the fifteenth century and then reinforced by the papal sovereigns around the year 500.

The Palazzo della Ragione, in the main square of the town, dates back to 1299 and hosts the Theatre della Fortuna. The beautiful museum of the city is inside the Palace of the Malatesta that has a wonderful court.
The old town is full of important churches such as Santa Maria Nova, which houses a painting by the Perugino and some beautiful ancient palaces.

The city market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while an interesting Antiques Market is held every second Saturday and Sunday of the month.