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Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino
Sito in fase di aggiornamento a seguito del riordino delle Province (L. 56/14 e L.R. Marche 13/15)

Pesaro, Urbino, upper Metaurus and Foglia valleys

The itinerary of the cities of art par-excellence. The itinerary starts at Pesaro, the ancient “Pisaurum”, a city of medieval and Renaissance monuments, full of history and art with its famous “Rossini Opera Festival” and celebrated ceramics (majolica). Pesaro is also the home of a splendid art gallery and, during the summer, is thronged with tourists and visitors attracted by the cultural events held in the city.

The S.S. 423 main road from Pesaro soon arrives at Urbino, the pearl of Italian Renaissance and the city of Raphael. The Ducal Palace of Federico da Montefeltro is visited by tourists from all over the world. The city is also the home of an important university and is always alive with students and visitors.

Fermignano lies a few kilometres away with its imposing defensive tower and Roman bridge. In April, the city organizes the famous “Palio della Rana” or frog race. From here, the road continues along the valley to Urbania, a museum city rich in history. The ultra-modern layout of the city, with its straight roads crossing at right-angles, dates back to the XIIIth century. Urbania is a lively and active city with its ducal Palace, art gallery, its ducal hunting lodge “il Barco”, and its splendid ceramic art traditions.

Next comes Sant’Angelo in Vado, the ancient “Tifernum Metaurense”, a papal city with its imposing “Duomo”and fourteenth century “Palazzo della Ragione”. A town worth a visit is Mercatello sul Metauro, rich in works of art, to be admired in the “Museo della Collegiata” and in the Franciscan temple.

The itinerary then doubles back on itself and, after Sant’Angelo in Vado branches off in the direction of Lunano and Sassocorvaro, where an overnight stop is compulsory in order to admire the splendid fortress designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, subsequently transformed into a rich aristocratic home. During the second World War many works of art from various parts of Italy were hidden in the vaults of the fortress for safekeeping.

The area is also Truffle country, as well as a production centre for pork products and various cheeses such as the Urbino caciotta DOP and a number of sheep’s cheeses and popular wines, such as “Bianchello del Metauro” and “Sangiovese” from the Pesaro hillsides.

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