Guided tour of Pesaro – province of Pesaro-Urbino
Facing onto the sea, Pesaro displays an old-town centre rich in sights to see, especially of the Renaissance period. Lively holiday and culture town, the town is famous all over the world for having been the birthplace of the great composer, Gioacchino Rossini: after him are called the prestigious Music Conservatory as well as the noteworthy summer Rossini Opera Festival, which is able to attract music lovers from all over the world.
To visit with a Pesaro tour guide:
Piazza del Popolo, for centuries the heartbeat of the town, rose during Roman times at the crossroads of two main urban roads. Here, you are facing on the most illustrious building of the town, the Renaissance Ducal Palace, built and decorated on several occasions during the rule by the Sforza and Della Rovere noble families and lords. The Baroque fountain of 1685, the work of Lorenzo Ottoni, embellishes the piazza;
Palazzo Mosca Civic Museums, Palazzo Mosca Civic Museums, ancient 17th-century noble residence, today home to a collection of Renaissance ceramics of note from the Duchy of Urbino besides the grandiose pala of the Incoronazione della Vergine (Coronation of Mary) of 1475, a masterpiece of the great Venetian, Giovanni Bellini;
Piazza della Libertà, the modern piazza with its magnificent view of the sea, is one of the most loved of the town thanks to the presence of the monumental fountain of Sfera Grande, built by the renowned sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro and by the enchanting Art Nouveau Villa Ruggeri;
Church of S. Agostino (Saint Augustine), embellished with a rich Gothic door in Istria stone, the church holds various works of worth: not to be missed is Crucifix and the Virgin of the famous Urbino artist Federico Brandani and the magnificent carved wooden choir and inlaid in the Renaissance with scenes and views of the town;
Rossini Theatre, raised in place of the old horse stables of the Della Rovere family, this important theatre was inaugurated by Rossini himself on 10th June 1818 with a production of the opera La Gazza ladra. It has four orders of boxes and a horse shoe gallery.
Near Pesaro we advise the guide tour to the Castle of Gradara, where the tragedy of Dante’s Paolo and Francesca is set.