Senigallia is lovely port town located on the shore of the Adriatic Sea. The town has a long, rich history, dating back to the 4th century B.C. Over the years, Senigallia has become a popular resort town. Most tourists come to enjoy the velvet beaches and play in the warm sea.
But the port town has many old structures that are worth seeing. Architecture lovers and history buffs will love exploring the many ancient buildings and historical sites. When visiting Senigallia, these 10 locations belong on the top of your list of places to see.
1. Rocca Roveresca di Senigallia
The most visited site in Senigallia is the Rocca Roveresca. The impressive structure started as one square tower built in the 4th century. Over the centuries, Rocca Roveresca has weathered wars, invasions and the ravages of time.
At one point the structure was used as a prison and you can still see some of the writing on the walls left behind by inmates. During World War II, the Protectorate sisters of St. Joseph rented the castle to house the many orphans created by the war. The main structure was renovated again in 1953.
Today the castle is used as a museum to document the long history of Senigallia. During different times of the year, music and art festivals are also held here. The castle is open to the public and walking tours are available.
Rocca Roveresca di Senigallia
Address: Piazza del Duca, 2, 60019 Senigallia AN, Italy
Phone Number: +39 071 63258
Hours of Operation: Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ticket Price: 2.32 USD
Website: Rocca Roveresca di Senigallia
2. Foro Annonario
The Fono Annonario can be found in the center of Senigallia. Built in 1834 in the neo-classical style, the round structure features many beautiful columns. The Foro Annonario was built to expand retail space within the older walls around town.
Local farmers still come to sell their fruits and vegetables here. While walking through the market you will find produce that is not available in the supermarket. Stop by one of the wine or food shops and enjoy your purchase while sitting under the many columns that front the building.
Address: Foro Annonario, 16, 60019 Senigallia AN, Italy
Phone Number: +39 071 662 9396
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours a day
Website: Foro Annonario
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If you are traveling to Senigallia with your loved one, you must be sure to visit Penelope. This beautiful sculpture sits at the end of the Porto di Levante pier. Many people refer to Penelope as “the little mermaid of Senigallia.”
The sculpture depicts a woman rising from the sea. She is waiting on the pier for her lover to return home to her. Over the years, it has become customary for lovers to add a padlock to the many chained to the statue, to represent their unbreakable love for each other.
Address: Banchina di Levante, 60019 Senigallia AN, Italy
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours a day
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4. Chiesa della Croce
Chiesa della Croce is a stunning cathedral dating back to 1608. Do not let the sober exterior daunt you. The interior reflects many of the Baroque style features used during the Renaissance.
Inside you will find a beautifully detailed ceiling with the symbols of the cross and the Eucharist. The main altar is draped with a gold embroidered tabernacle. Six other altars are placed around it and contain religious works dating back to 1600 and 1700.
Chiesa della Croce
Address: Via Fagnani, 1, 60019 Senigallia AN, Italy
Phone Number: +39 333 741 2366
Website: Chiesa della Croce
5. Palazzo del Duca e Fontana delle Anatre
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The Palazzo del Duca e Fontana delle Anatre, or Duke’s Palace and the Fountain of the Ducks, is located in front of the Rocca Roveresca. The fountain has become a favorite spot to hang out for locals and tourists alike. During the warm summer months, you will find children playing in the square.
Palazzo del Duca e Fontana delle Anatre
Address: Piazza Della Rovere, Senigallia, Italy
6. Portici Ercolani
Along the right bank of the river Misa, you will find the Portici Ercolani. The arcade was built to house the many merchants who would come for the Magdalena Fair to sell their goods. One of the most interesting features of the arcade is the 126 arches made from the white stone of Istria. A few retail shops are still open but during the month of August, the market is quite full for the fair.
Address: Via Portici Ercolani, 42, 60019 Senigallia AN, Italy
Phone Number: +39 071 662 9396
Website: Portici Ercolani
7. Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo
The Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo has been rebuilt and reconstructed a number of times over the years. The original structure was built in 1530 by the Town Hall Square. During the parish dismemberment in the late 17th century, the cathedral was rebuilt in its current location.
Due to many earthquakes over the years the cathedral has seen 5 renovations. If you love visiting old churches don’t miss this one. Inside are many religious artworks and sacred symbols dating back to as early as 590 AD.
Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo
Address: Piazza Garibaldi, 3, 60019 Senigallia AN, Italy
Phone Number: +39 071 792 1565
Website: Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo
8. Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine
Built by the Carmelite Fathers in 1628, the Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine, like many of the buildings in Senigallia, has seen more than a few renovations. The church was first dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Biagio Mártire. As the congregation grew too large for the church it was rebuilt again in 1745. A convent was added and the church was consecrated again but this time dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Like many churches built in the 18th century, the color scheme is mostly red and gold.
Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine
Address: Via Arsilli, 60019 Senigallia, Italy
Website: Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine
9. Rotonda a Mare
The Rotonda a Mare was first built in the late 19th century. When Vincenzo Ghinelli designed the first structure it was built entirely of wood. The Rotonda was later moved in 1933 and remade out of stronger materials to withstand time and weather.
The Rotunda became famous for its musical performances. During World War II it was used as a warehouse. Once the war ended, it went back to attracting local Italian musicians and tourists.
Rotonda a Mare
Address: Piazzale della Libertà, 23, 60019 Senigallia AN, Italy
Phone Number: +39 071 60322
Website:Rotonda a Mare
10. Chiesa dei Cancelli
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The Chiesa dei Cancelli, or Church of the Gates, was first built in the early 16th century. The architecture is typical of that time period. While the original structure is still standing, religious services are no longer held there. Today, the building is used as an auditorium or concert hall. The church has become one of the cultural centers in Senigallia with concerts, dance recitals and other forms of entertainment held there.
Chiesa dei Cancelli
Address: Arsilli Via, 23 , 60019 Senigallia, Italy
Website: Chiesa dei Cancelli
Something for everyone
As one of the most popular resort towns in Italy, Senigallia attracts tourists of all kinds. Maybe you prefer to spend your vacation lounging on the beach and doing a whole lot of nothing. Or you might be a fun loving visitor looking to hit the local club scene. Or, like many, you chose this ancient city to explore the history and architectures of days long gone. Whatever type of tourist you are, Senigallia has what you are looking for.
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