Out and about in... Pesaro
A historic and cultural jewel
Tuesday 26 September 2023
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Gazing over the shimmering waters of the Adriatic coast, Pesaro may not be the first Italian city that springs to mind for the curious wine traveller. Yet, for those in the know, this serene coastal city offers more than just its sun-kissed beaches; the birthplace of Rossini himself, Pesaro is a haven for culture, history, and—most importantly—exceptional wine.
1 | Villa Caprile and its Gardens
Step back into the 17th century, with a visit to this stunning villa, originally built as a summer residence, featuring ornate terraced gardens with intricate waterworks. It’s not a vineyard, but the villa’s historic significance and Renaissance vibe make it an ideal spot to enjoy a glass of the region’s finest. Imagine sipping on a delicate Bianchello del Metauro as you wander the gardens, soaking in centuries of splendor. Lush.
2 | Museo Oliveriano
Pesaro’s archaeological and art museum, Museo Oliveriano is home to a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, giving visitors a deep dive into the city’s past. After a day exploring its halls, wine lovers can ponder the evolution of winemaking in the region; how did the ancient Etruscans enjoy their vino? The museum might not have all the answers, but it surely sets the imagination alight.
3 | Teatro Rossini
Named after Gioachino Rossini, the celebrated composer born in Pesaro, Teatro Rossini is a mecca for opera lovers in particular. Each year, the city plays host to the Rossini Opera Festival, celebrating its favourite son’s rich legacy.
4 | Spiaggia di Levante and Spiaggia di Ponente
Sun worshippers, rejoice. Pesaro’s twin beaches, Spiaggia di Levante and Spiaggia di Ponente, are perfect for unwinding with a bottle of something cold. Work on your tan during the day, sure, but these classic eastern Italian beaches take on a special magic during the twilight hours. Secure a bottle of crisp Verdicchio, lay out a spread of local cheeses and cured meats, and drink in the views as the sun sets over the Adriatic.
5 | Castello di Fiorenzuola di Focara
Technically outside Pesaro (but still a mere saunter away) lie the less-trodden paths of Fiorenzuola di Focara. At its heart, the remnants of the Castello rise majestically above rugged cliffs, framing the Adriatic below. This isn’t just another picturesque Italian village, but a tangible journey through time. As you navigate the narrow, cobblestone streets, you’re flanked by stone houses that bear silent witness to the centuries. The aged walls narrate stories of seafarers and ancient inhabitants, soundtracked by the rhythmic symphony of the sea below. It’s a place where history isn’t just observed, but palpably felt.
6 | Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori dei Colli Pesaresi
No wine enthusiast’s visit to Pesaro would be complete without a journey along this ‘Wine and Flavours Route’. Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori meanders through the undulating hills of Pesaro and Urbino, introducing travellers to family-run wineries and rustic food stops. From the delicate white Bianchello del Metauro to the robust red Sangiovese, each taste tells a story of the land and its people.
7 | Palazzo Mosca - Musei Civici
Located in Pesaro’s urban core, Palazzo Mosca is a comprehensive repository of the city’s artistic heritage. It’s home to the Musei Civici, which charts the artistic evolution of Pesarese art, starting from the intricate works of the Renaissance period, through to more recent artistic movements. Beyond its art, the Palazzo’s architecture, with its intricate frescoes and detailed moldings, speaks of a bygone era. Palazzo Mosca provides a quiet reflection space amid the bustling city, inviting those curious about Pesaro’s past to delve deeper and understand its cultural journey.
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