Pesaro e Urbino: Vacations and tours in Marche, Wonderful Summer Holidays
Summer in Marche, Sea and more
Le Marche can boast one of the highest number of Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy. The prestigious Blue Flag is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education to environmentally well-kept beaches across Europe. The important "eco-label" is given to sites that meet strict criteria including water quality, environmental management, safety and other services.
The region's eleven towns with Blue Flag beaches in 2006 are, from north to south, Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, Senigallia, Sirolo, Numana, Porto Recanati, Civitanova Marche, Porto San Giorgio, Grottammare, and San Benedetto del Tronto.
Formerly inhabited by the Piceni ancient population (XII b.C.) and later called Pisaurum by the Romans, was the seat of many rich overlords like the Della Rovere family, among the others, until it became part of the Papal State in 1631. While in town one can visit Palazzo Ducale (15th century), Costanza Fortress (14th century) an important example of military architecture by Laurana, the Piazzale della LibertÓ where the precious Villino Ruggeri, in Liberty style, overlooks the sea and the fountain with the famous Arnaldo Pomodoro's Palla (Ball). Not to miss is the Museo delle Ceramiche, with a remarkable historical collection of ceramics, which is now housed in the Civic Museums, together with the Art Gallery (Pinacoteca) where the great masterpiece La Pala di Pesaro (the Pesaro Altarpiece) by Giovanni Bellini is preserved. Other places worth a visit not too far from the city (4 km) are the Imperial Villa-Castle (15th-16th century, with a beautiful park) and the ancient walled towns of Candelara and Novilara with a nearby necropolis (8th-6th b.C.). Summer events not to miss in Pesaro: Rossini Opera Festival (August - September) and the Pesaro Film Festival (International Exhibition of New Cinema).