8 Best Things To Do In Pesaro, Italy

things to do in Pesaro

Aside from being a top pick summer destination because of its golden fine sand beaches, Pesaro can also enchant you with its architectural prowess and fascinating history that will transport you to medieval times. Pesaro is located at the Marche region of Italy. It is also known for being a bicycle friendly town for its pavement that is well suited for cycling. Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!

1. Piazza Del Popolo

Pesaro, fontana di piazza del popolo 02
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This is an oval shape town square that seems to be frozen in time; the architecture goes back in time; the palazzos are very unique and designed to be a work of art; the basilicas have their own characters and speak volume about their history.

Palazzo Ducale is one of the main attractions in the piazza. This structure is a great example of a Renaissance architecture. Its entrance has 6 pillars and an archway, the upper floor has a window that is adorned of five coats of arms, festoons and angels. This building is very impressive that most tourists who have visited Pesaro have a picture of the Palazzo in their social media.

Just a short walk from Palazzo Ducale is the house of Gioachino Rossini. Rossino is a well known composer from Pesaro. When he died he left most of his wealth to the town. Today the house of Rossini is a museum dedicated to the late composer. It displays Rossini’s prized collection such as posters, prints, and a caricature of the author himself.

You’ll find more interesting structures in the Piazza all you need to do is explore, and don’t forget to visit the array of cafés and shops located there.

Casa Rossini

Address: Via Gioacchino Rossini, 34, 61121 Pesaro Pesaro Urbino, Italy

Website: House of Rossini

Ducal Palace of Pesaro

Address: Piazza del Popolo, 61121 Pesaro Pesaro Urbino, Italy

Website: Palazzo Ducale

2. Teatro Rossini

Teatro Rossini, Pesaro
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This is the opera house where the Rossini Opera Festival is being held every year on the month of August. Originally named Teatro Nuova, it was later on named in honor of the late composer Gioachino Rossini. The opera’s stadium is shaped traditionally like a horseshoe and can accommodate up to 860 people.

Opera House

Address: Piazza Lazzarini, 1, 61121 Pesaro PU, Italy

Website: Teatro Rossini (in Italian)

3. The Cathedral Basilica

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This is one of the largest and most visited architectural gems in Pesaro. It was built during the 5th-century after a roman sanctuary. It has a Romanesque aura and an idealistic design with a gothic touch.

Guided Tour

Website: Guided Tour

4. Ruggeri House

Giovanni Brega, villa Ruggeri (Pesaro), 1902
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Originally, this was the retreat house of the pharmaceutical industrialist Oreste Ruggeri. Due to its beauty a lot of articles have been written about it. This 3 story house in Pesaro is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau in Italy. Its four facades were made to be different from each other, but the architect made sure that they still complimented each other by painting with a naturalistic color palette. For its interior, it has 4 rooms: horse chestnut, wisteria, narcissus, and the sunflower room. The first floor is well maintained so you can still see the naturalistic motif.

Ruggeri House

Address: Piazzale della Libertà, 61121 Pesaro PU, Italy

Website: Villa Ruggeri (in Italian)

5. Musei Civici

For the history buff, the Musei Civici or the Civic Museum is your must go to place here in Pesaro. The museum serves as a house to the Picture Gallery and the Ceramic Museum. Musei Civic contains vast collection of Italy’s finest Renaissance art and Baroque pottery. Its ceramic section has over 3,400 ceramic works and the Picture Gallery hosts Giovanni Bellini’s The Pala Dell’Incoronazione Della Vergine. You’ll also find here Ferruccio Mengaroni’s Medusa.

Musei Civici

Address: Via Vincenzo Toschi Mosca, 29, 61100 Pesaro e Urbino PU, Italy

Website: Musei Civici

6. Parco Naturale del Monte San Bartolo

Parco naturale San Bartolo
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This nature park has death defying cliffs and a panoramic view of the Adriatic coast in Italy. It also has a protected area for its fauna and flora. San Bartolo Nature Park is also a trekking site for its forestry landscape. If you opt for a more challenging trek, the mountains are near and very accessible from the park.

On your way to the park you wouldn’t miss the enchanting villages of Fiorenzuola di Focara and Castel di Mezzo, as well as the Villa Imperiale which have their own unique way of luring tourists to stay for a day or two.

Parco Naturale del Monte San Bartolo

Address: Viale Varsavia, 1, 61121 Pesaro PU, Italy

Website: Parco Naturale del Monte San Bartolo (in Italian)

7. Sfera Grande di Pomodoro

Sfera Grande di Pomodoro - Pesaro 1
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The first Golden Sphere Monument in Pesaro was donated by Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1971- he worked as a consultant in restoring the public buildings in the said town. The golden sphere structure that you’ll be seeing at the center of the square is the 2nd version of the Sfera Grande which is also made by Pomodoro. The original was sent to Rome and was placed outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The large orange glowing sphere on the waterfront of Pesaro reflects a new world order. The globe looks smooth from the outside but when you come closer and see the inside you’ll find gears and geometric mechanisms, which are a contradiction to its exterior.

Golden Sphere Structure

Address: Piazzale della Libertà, 61121 Pesaro PU, Italy

Website: Sfera Grande di Pomodoro

8. Castello di Fiorenzuola di Focara

Scogli - Fiorenzuola di Focara
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Castello di Fiorenzuola di Focora is located within San Bartolo Nature Park. During the Feuding eras of the states, it serves as a coastal defensive system aiding sailors around the peninsula. The castle is also surrounded with great sceneries which nature provides. It was built on a rocky peak and was destroyed by an earthquake, but its defensive wall and main gate still stand up until this day. Being situated on a cliff add to its dramatic setting; from the castle you’ll also be captivated by the panoramic view of the Adriatic coast. The castle also has this old world lure that will amaze you once you see it. It has a trail that will lead you to hidden beaches. If you prefer to have a little alone time, you can always go here and enjoy the lovely views.

Pesaro is a town rich in history and art. This is the town where you’ll see and experience what your art and history teachers have been telling you about. The beaches, castles, expensive shops and mouth-watering cafes are just one piece of the pie that is Pesaro.

Castello di Fiorenzuola di Focara

Address: Fiorenzuola di Focara, 61121 Province of Pesaro and Urbino, Italy

Rich in history and art

Pesaro is a town rich in history and art. This is the town where you’ll see and experience what your art and history teachers have been telling you about. The beaches, castles, expensive shops and mouth-watering cafes are just one piece of the pie that is Pesaro.

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