Explore the hilltop town of Pesaro

14 March 2024
Written by
Teresa Cremona

Italy's culture capital 2024

Pesaro, Capital of Culture 2024 has also been the City of Bicycles for several years with over 100 km of the ‘Bicipolitana’, cycle paths that connect the sea to the various neighbourhoods, the historic centre and the most important places of interest in the city: the Ducal Palace declared a World Heritage Site and a jewel of Renaissance architecture; the Mosca Palace, home to the Civic Museums, where you can admire Giovanni Bellini’s Coronation of the Virgin, a Renaissance masterpiece; and in the museum courtyard, the Wall of Books, an open-air library, a work by Stefano Lazaridis; the Oliveriano Archaeological Museum with the exhibition of evidence of a thousand years of the territory’s history, from the Piceno period to the imperial era.

There are numerous reasons to visit Pesaro including the many events, from art to music, cinema to travel as well as its neighbouring Urbino, an unmissable art city just 30 km away. On February 29 – a date chosen to commemorate the birthday of Gioacchino Rossini – the inauguration of the Scavolini Auditorium, a symbolic container of the Capital of Culture 2024, confirms the bond between the composer from Pesaro and the city, a bond that made Pesaro the Unesco Creative City of Music in 2017.

June is dedicated to the Pesaro Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in Italy, now in its 60th edition. From July 13th to 16th, the 6th edition of Ulisse Fest, days dedicated to the great theme of travel. From August 7th to 23rd, the Rossini Opera Festival will stage 30 performances. Included in this programming are Il Barbiere di Siviglia and four operas by the composer from Pesaro. The internationally renowned festival is celebrating its 45th edition. Another 329 events with interactions between art, nature, and technology are in the programming of Pesaro 2024, involving the participation of 150 international artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tin Drum, Marina Abramović, Studio Roosegaarde, MurcofeSimon Geilfus.

It’s rich culinary bond evokes centuries of tradition: Rossini cannelloni (handmade pasta filled with chicken and veal livers and porcini mushrooms), Rossini veal olives (rolls of meat stuffed with basil and Carpegna ham), or Pesaro-style cappelletti (egg pasta filled with local beef) and Rossini pizza, a Pesaro recipe for margherita pizza with the addition of hard-boiled eggs and mayonnaise, born in the 1960s inside a pastry shop that started offering these mini pizzas as an ideal snack for aperitifs. And in the numerous restaurants along the promenade, the gastronomic offer is the catch of the Adriatic Sea accompanied by the wines of the Bianchello del Metauro Doc and Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi territories.

There is a handful of places to stay in Pesaro, including the 5-star Excelsior SPA & Lido Boutique Hotel, the quirky designed Charlie and the country cottage Il Pignocco.

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