A Travellerspoint blog

August 2021

Pesaro and Urbino.

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I did two day trips more when I was in Gabicce Mare. I visited Pesaro and Urbino.

I had already been to these towns some years ago.

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Pesaro is a beautiful town situated in the Marche region. It overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

It was the birtplace of Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868); a famous Italian composer.

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Piazza del Popolo is the main square in Pesaro. Here you see the Palazzo Ducale (the ducal palace) and a fountain; built in 1593 and restored between 1684 and 1685.

The first structure of the ducal palace was probably commissioned by the Malatesta family (the lords of Pesaro!) between 1285 and 1429.

The present palace was built on the orders; in the 15th century by Alessandro Sforza. It was restored in 1523 .

It is opened to visitors, but I haven' t visited yet.

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Every morning inside the two cloisters of the ex monastery of saint Domenico a food and vegetable market is held.

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A vist to this market is probably a good opportunity to find some typical Italian food.

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The house where Giacomo Rossini was born and spent the first years of his life is not far from piazza del Popolo.

Today its interior is a museum dedicated to the composer.

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The cathedral of saint Maria Assunta was originally built joining two churches; one dated to the IV century and the other to the IV century.

This church was remodelled more times trought the centuries.

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On the floor of the church there are several Roman mosaics.

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This nice buliding is Casetta Vaccari. It dates to the 1400. Today there is a cafe on its ground floor

Not far from Casetta Vaccari there is a palace that houses some museums of art; the Musei Civici.

I think this palace has a section with archaeological artifacts.

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It is a pleasure to get lost in the Pesaro backstreets.

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This is a shop inside an old building.

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Villino Ruggeri is a small palace built in the Art Nouveau style.

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It was built from 1902 to 1907.

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You can see it on the street that takes to the beaches.

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In piazzale della Libertà; a large square not far from the sea, you will surely notice a large sculpture. The Sfera Grande.

It was created by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1998. It is a copy. The original Sfera Grande is on display somewhere.

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We can say that Pesaro is a beach resort. It has a long beach.

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Orti Giuli is a place I like very much. It is a small park.

It was created between 1827 and 1830.

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I spotted these boats from Orti Giuli.

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Urbino is a large walled town with a well preserved Medieval and Reinassance center.

It is located at the top of a hill.

Palazzo Ducale is the main sight in Urbino. It was built in various phases. It was finished in the second half of the XV century.

Inside the palace the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche is housed.

This palace was commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro (the leader of Urbino) from 1444.

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One of the things I was going to see in Urbino was the botanical gardens. Its name is Orto Botanico.

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As in other botanical gardens here there are some conservatories.

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These gardens was created in 1809. It is not a large gardens, but there is a large variety of plants and flowers.

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Some streets in Urbino are very steep!

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Other sights in Urbino are the oratory of saint John the Baptist and the oratory of saint Joseph.

I wrote about these churches in my previous post about Urbino.

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If you like to enjoy a great view over a large part of Urbino you could head to the park outside the Albornoz fortress.

This fortress dates to the second half of the XIV century.

Posted by Maurizioagos 18:52 Archived in Italy Tagged marche resort seaside region. pesaro urbino Comments (4)

Gabicce Mare.

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Gabicce Mare was the second base for my summer holiday. It was chosen by chance.

I visited this town in order to get to Gabicce Monte. Unfortunately I couldn' t get there due to lack of time. So I thought about looking for a room in Gabicce Mare.

This way I should have had more time to visit Gabicce Monte.

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Gabicce Mare is a modern sea side resort. It has not an old core.

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Spending some time on the beach is one of the things to do in Gabicce.

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At the entrance of some beaches there are some paintings. Some of these are real masterpieces in my opinion.

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I booked a room for some nights at hotel Paris. It is a nice two stars hotel; even if it is quite old.

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I was given a room with three beds and the bathroom en suite.

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At hotel Paris they seved a good buffet breakfast with several home made pastries.

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Gabicce Monte is a nice village. It is some kilometers from Gabicce Mare. It is part of Gabicce Mare.

In the old times it was a fortified village.

I went to Gabicce Monte by bus.

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From Gabicce Monte you can enjoy the view over Gabicce Mare and on some other places.

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There are some cafes and restaurants in Gabicce Monte. I think there are even some hotels here.

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Gabicce Monte is a small village. It is possible to visit it in a couple of hours.

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Here we can read that Gabicce Monte was the birthplace of Girolamo Lanfranco and his son; Giacomo.

They were potters who lived here in the 1500.

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I also did a day trip to Gradara from Gabicce Mare. I went there by bus. The journey took around twenty minutes.

Gradara is a Medieval village situated on a hill. It is only six kilometers from Gabicce Mare.

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Gradara is a small village, but there is no shortage of cafes and restaurants here.

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There are some churches in Gadara. One of these is the XIV century church of saint John the Baptist.

Its main sight is a crucifix sculpted by a friar in the first half on the XVII century.

If you look at the Christ' s face from three defined spots on the floor, you can see its three expressions on its face. Silence, sufference and relief.

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There is a castle in Gradara. It was built between the 11th and the 15th centuries.

I did not visit it because I was in Gradara on monday; the closing day.

The castle is where the tragic story of Paolo and Francesca happened.

It was written in the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. One of our most famous witers.

Francesca was Giovanni (AKA Giangiotto) Malatesta' s wife. She had a love affair with her husband' s brother, Paolo.

One day, when Giangiotto came home and caught the two lovers together in Francesca' s room he killed them.

Probabably this sad story took place between 1283 and 1285.

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The street from the main entrance of the village is quite long and steep.

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I hope to re visit Gradara quite soon.

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The Gabicce Express train is a way to head to Gabicce Monte and to Gradara.

It is not a comfortable mean of transportation but you can use it if you have children.

Posted by Maurizioagos 17:43 Archived in Italy Tagged italy; mare emilia romagna. gabicce monte; Comments (3)

A day trip to Senigallia.

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Senigallia is a beautiful seaside restort situated in the Marche region; between Pesaro and Ancona.

It has a fourteen kilometers long beach.

I visited Senigallia as a day trip from Cesena. I got there by train. The journey between these towns took around one hour.

If you come to Senigallia by train, the first thing you could see is the Rocca Roveresca. This huge fortress was started in the 4th century. What we see today dates to 1476 and 1482.

It was used as a prison and also as an orphanage. Today is a venue for music and art festivals.

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Part of the fortress faces piazza del Duca. Here stands the Palazzo del Duca; built in the XVI century. This palace is used for expositions of various kind.

In piazza del Duca there is a nice fountain. It is called the fontana dei leoni ( lions' fountain) or fontana delle anatre (ducks' fountain). It was completed in 1602

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At a short distance from piazza del Duca there is piazza Roma. It is bordered by some palace and by the palazzo del Governo (the town hall).

Joined to this palace we see the Neptune' s fountain. The statue that stands on the fountain was probably a Roman find.

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There are lots of old palace in the old core of Senigallia.

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Foro Annonario is a square surrounded by a round structure with twenty four columns. It was built in 1834. Here, every day you can find a fruit and vegetables market.

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Under the structure there is a good choice of restaurants, cafes and some small shops.

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The book "100 things to know and to do in Senigallia" is really useful to get to know the town. I don' t know if there is an English edition about this.

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Portici Ercolani is a row of covered porticoes built along one of the banks of the river Misa. These were designed in the XVIII century on commission of pope Benedetto XIV. These porticoes were meant to host the stalls of the Magdalene' s fair.

Under these porticoes there are several shops and cafes. I had the worst cream coffee in my life under the porticoes!

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Rotonda a Mare is perhaps the most popular landmark of Senigallia. It is a round shaped pavillion erected in the 1930' s.

It was used as a ballroom, restaurant, conference hall and wedding location.

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I hope to re visit Senigallia quite soon. Unfortunately it is quite far from where I live.

Posted by Maurizioagos 16:37 Archived in Italy Tagged italy seaside resort. senigallia Comments (4)

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