Pesaro

Pesaro: discover Rossini’s birthplace, which has been a popular seaside resort for Italians for over 100 years.

pesaroPesaro lies in the north of the Le Marche region, which borders the Adriatic Coast. It is a seaside resort that is very popular amongst Italians, though not so well known amongst tourists. In fact, it is usually overlooked in favor of the nearby Emilia-Romagna Riviera, which is home to the famous Rimini resort. In contrast, Italians have been coming to this are for hundreds of years to look for a summer getaway.

The area has no luxurious frills, but is well adept to catering to a beach-loving, sun-chasing crowd of vacationers. The atmosphere is lively, both during the day and night, meaning that all generations can enjoy their time in Pesaro.

The beach and summer-life aside, Pesaro also has an interesting and diverse history. One of its most celebrated memories is that of being the birthplace of the operatic composer, Rossini. You can still visit the Casa Rossini, the musician’s house, on the Via Rossini, a road named in his honor. In fact, there is also an annual opera festival that runs every summer.

Within the town itself, you will find the central square, the Piazza del Popolo. This is home to the Palazzo Ducale, which was built in the late 1400s. In the surrounding area you will also find many charming cafés and restaurants. Along the Via Rossini you will also find Pesaro’s Romanesque cathedral. The mosaics on the floor of this building date far back into history, possibly as far back as the 1500s BC.

A lovely walk along the promenade is a great way to spend the early morning or evening. The main promenade runs alongside the Piazzale della Libertà and has many benches that face the sea.

The closest airports to Pesaro are either Rimini or Ancona. The town is quiet big, so has many train connections both local and inter-regional. The train station is just a 20 minute walk from the beach.