Pesaro is a city famous for its art, visible in every corner of its historic center, but also for being a bit of a city based on bicycles. The streets of the Marche city are particularly suitable for this means of transport, and allow you to discover places that you might otherwise lose sight of. If you are curious to know more about the birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini find out what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Pesaro.
- 10 things to see in Pesaro in a weekend
- What to see in Pesaro in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Pesaro: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Pesaro
- Plan your stay in Pesaro: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Pesaro in a weekend
1 - Large Sphere of Tomato
The Sfera Grande di Pomodoro is a bit of a symbol of Pesaro. Located in Piazza della Libertà, in the Pesaro waterfront area, the construction was started by the famous sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, to whom it owes its name. Built in 1988, the structure wants to re-propose the union between man and nature in a decidedly suggestive way: a terrestrial globe open in half with gears inside it
- it is 2,5 km from the train station, 8 minutes by car or 16 minutes by bus 30 or 130 - Get directions
- always accessible
2 - Gioacchino Rossini's house
Pesaro is the birthplace of famous musician and composer Gioacchino Rossini. The city has not forgotten him and wanted to pay homage to his memory by transforming his house, in which he was born in 1792, into a multimedia museum where you can relive the story of this artist. The museum is structured with a precise biographical-creative itinerary, with prints, memorabilia and elements from the private collection of the Parisian Alphonse Hubert Martel.
- it is 2 km from the train station, 7 minutes by car or 14 minutes by bus 30 or 130 - Get directions
- Tue - Sun 10: 00-13: 00, Fri-Sun also and 15: 30-18: 30
- full € 10,00, reduced € 8,00
3 - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
The Pesaro Cathedral offers extraordinary examples of art, with its early Christian mosaics. Discovered under the floor of the church in the second half of the nineteenth century, the two mosaics testify to the presence of two previous basilicas, which were literally stratified up to the present church. The first attestations of the basilica date back to the fourth century, when the first place of worship was built, but only in the seventh century it became a cathedral, with the arrival of the remains of San Terenzio of Pesaro. Consecrated to Santa Maria Assunta in 1663, was the subject of alterations again in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, up to the current church.
- it is 1,4 km from the train station, 14 minutes on foot - Get directions
- every day from 7:30 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 19:15
4 - Domus in Via dell'Abbondanza
Located in the historic center of the city, this Domus, which today it has become a real virtual museum, is contains the remains of an ancient house dating back to the early imperial age. Discovered in 2004, the archaeological area includes an ancient Roman house, inhabited at least until the third century after Christ. Among the many points of value still visible today we mention the frescoes present in some rooms, and the thermal plant of the th century AD
- it is 1,5 km from the train station, 15 minutes on foot - Get directions
- sab-dom 10:30-12:30, 15:30-17:30
- full € 10,00, reduced € 8,00
5 - San Bartolo Park
The San Bartolo Park it is one of the 4 natural reserves of the marche, and perhaps one of the most beautiful. In its territory that touches the municipalities of Gabbice and Pesaro, there are some of the most beautiful historical testimonies of the city. In addition to being mentioned by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy, the Park is also the seat of Villa Caprile, dating back to 1640 and commissioned by the Marquis Giovanni Mosca as a summer residence, now the seat of the Agricultural Institute, and the Imperial Villa, begun to be built by the Emperor Frederick II of Habsburg.
- from Pesaro the park is 5,8 km away, 15 minutes by car - Get directions
- always accessible
- free, paid attractions
6 - Palazzo Ducale Malatesta
Located in Piazza del Popolo, the Ducal Palace of Pesaro it was built starting from the fifteenth century on an existing building by the hand of Alessandro Sforza. Outside you can admire the portico with 6 arches and the coats of arms that dominate the 5 windows. Inside, however, paintings by Federico Brandani and Francesco Menzocchi await you, arabesques, polychrome stuccoes and much more.
- it is 1,2 km from the train station, 15 minutes on foot - Get directions
- lun 8:30-14:00, mar-dom 8:30-19:15
- full € 6,50, reduced € 4,00
7 - Fountain of Piazza del Popolo
Located right in the center of the homonymous square, the political and administrative center of the city since the Middle Ages, is known as the "pupil of Pesaro". Built in 1588 at the behest of Francesco Maria II della Rovere, it is one of the most important places in the whole city. The current fountain is the result of alterations begun as early as 1605 with the addition of the eight masks and then the dolphins. Destroyed in 1944 it was then rebuilt in 1960 in the form that we can still admire today.
- the Fountain is 1 km from the train station, 2 minutes on foot - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Baia Flaminia
Part of the protected area of the San Bartolo Park, Baia Flaminia is not a simple beach in which to enjoy a day of sun and relaxation. In addition to a very fine sand and a breathtaking view, given by the contrast between Mount San Bartolo and the sea, Baia Flaminia a more unique than rare place: its north-west exposure makes it so perfect setting in which to admire both the sunrise and the sunset.
- it is 2,2 km from the train station, 5 minutes by car - Get directions
- always accessible
9 - Rocca Costanza
Built in 1400 on a previous Malatesta fortification, Rocca Costanza was built in pure military style given its purpose of defending the city from external incursions. Commissioned by Costanzo Sforza, who commissioned it to the architect Luciano Laurana, it was then enlarged by Cesare Borgia in 1500. During its history, the Rocca was also the seat of the city prison.
- it is 1,3 km from the train station, 16 minutes on foot - Get directions
- mar-dom 10:00-13:00 / 16:30-19:30
- full € 10,00, reduced € 8,00
10 - Synagogue
The Sephardic Synagogue, originating from the Spanish cult of the sixteenth century, it still retains its original decorations and conformation today. On the ground floor it is still possible to see the oven used for baking unleavened bread, the well and the basin for the purification baths. The upper floor is the seat of the Prayer Room, with stucco decorations and rose windows made of oak, a homage made to the Della Rovere family, who allowed the Jewish community to find shelter in the city.
- it is 1,5 km from the train station, 6 minutes by car or 14 minutes on foot - Get directions
- from June to September on Thursdays from 17:00 to 20:00. From October to May on the third Sunday of the month from 10:00 to 13:00
What to see in Pesaro in one day: recommended itinerary
Morning: Starting from the train station, we start with breakfast at Cafè Ducale in Piazza del Popolo, home to the Fountain commissioned by Francesco Maria II Della Rovere and Ducal Palace. Continuing on via Rossini for a couple of blocks you will then arrive at the Rossini House, museum dedicated to the life of the famous musician born right here. Continuing along the same road for a few hundred meters you will arrive at the Cathedral, an important seat of early Christian mosaics and a place of worship of fundamental importance for the city.
Afternoon: visit the domus in Via dell'Abbondanza, after having lunch at GRA ', one of the many restaurants in the historic center, and then arrive at Rocca Costanza, which you can admire from the outside. From Rocca Costanza you can easily reach the Big Sphere of Tomato on the Pesaro seafront, and from there to the Molo di Levante, where the sculpture "Cosmic Order" by Eliseo Mattiacci is located and where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Sera: dine in one of the bars on the seafront and then take a walk along the coast, to the Sphere Grande di Pomodoro, to enjoy the city's nightlife.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Palazzo Ducale - opening hours: Mon 8: 30-14: 00, Tue-Sun 8: 30-19: 15 - ticket price: full € 6,50 reduced € 4,00
- Gioacchino Rossini House Museum - opening hours: Tue-Sun 10: 00-13: 00, Fri-Sun also and 15: 30-18: 30 - ticket price: full € 10,00 reduced € 8,00
- Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta - opening hours: 7:30 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 19:15 - ticket price: free
- Domus via dell'Abbondanza - opening hours: Sat-Sun 10: 30-12: 30, 15: 30-17: 30 - ticket price: full € 10,00 reduced € 8,00
- Rocca Costanza - opening hours: Tue-Sun 10: 00-13: 00/16: 30-19: 30 - ticket price: full € 10,00 reduced € 8,00
- Big Sphere of Tomato
- Pier of Levante
Where to eat in Pesaro: the best restaurants
- Trattoria Poche Bobe: famous for fish dishes, even raw. Seasonal based dishes.
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: via Camillo Benso Cavour, 9 (Get directions) / tel: 0721 68660
- Palis: strong point are its tastings of cold cuts, jam and cheeses, but also anchovies and the typical scarpetta with toasted bread
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: Strada del Montefeltro, 32 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 3313223323
- OsteriaCheBici: with a wide choice of food, from the typical of Pesaro to the Bavarian single dish.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via del Governatore, 33 (Get directions) / tel: 0721 68390
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Pesaro
Pesaro is a city of culture but also of fun. This is why it is possible to find different options for a different evening than usual, excellent for every need. From the most exclusive places dedicated to music to the most fashionable ones a stone's throw from the sea, here are some options on the nightlife of Pesaro.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- From the Cira- Live Club: beach bar with live music
Address: via Trieste, 244 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Pesaro Jazz Club: private club for jazz lovers
Address: via Lombardia, 11 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Bibe et Impera: restaurant on the sea with a wide choice of food and cocktails
Address: via Trieste, 5 (Get directions) / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Pesaro: info and useful tips
- Pesaro is well connected to the major Italian cities thanks to the railway line. If you want to reach it via the airport, consider that the closest is Bologna airport, and you will still have to get to Pesaro by taxi or bus. The most convenient way to reach the city is by car. Pesaro is 446 km from Rome, which can be covered in about 4 hours; from Florence it is 223 km away, which can be covered in 3 hours; it is 141 km from Bologna, which can be covered in 1 hour and 45 minutes; from Naples it is 643 km away, which can be covered in 5 hours and 30 minutes; it is 618 km from Lecce, which can be covered in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
- Getting around: the city is famous for being a city dedicated to cycling. This is the best way to visit the city, along with walking through its historic center. A good alternative is also to use the bus, a well-organized public transport that connects the city to its more peripheral areas.
- Where to park: The city has several parking lots. The largest is the Il Curvone covered car park (Get directions), about 200 meters from the historic center. This is a 4-storey building, where you can leave your car choosing the rate that best suits your needs.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 41,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: near the city there is the Necropolis of Novilara, discovered in 1873 and which contains tombs and artifacts dating back to between the ninth and sixth centuries BC Inevitable stop in the surroundings, 36 km to be precise, there is Urbino (Get directions) full of attractions historical with unmistakable beauty. For nature lovers, a destination not to be forgotten is definitely the Grotta di Frassassi di Genga (Get directions), a path of one and a half kilometers between stalactites, stalagmites, among the most beautiful in the world.