Senigallia is strategically
positioned about half way along the coast of Le Marche, thus rendering
it an excellent point of departure to visit interesting cities of art
and places of cultural and scenic interest. Country House La Madonnina suggests the following localities and itineraries:
Located on the Adriatic Sea, the town sprawls along thirteen kilometres
of sand, the famous Spiaggia di Velluto (Velvet Beach). Senigallia’s
well-preserved historical centre boasts numerous monuments of cultural
and historical significance. The Rocca Roveresca,
witness to the historical inclusion of the town within the duchy of
Urbino and the place where Cesare Borgia, il Valentino, carried out the
celebrated massacre of his enemies described by Niccolò Machiavelli, is
situated in Piazza del Duca. The Palazzetto Baviera and the Palazzo del Duca are located in the same piazza.
Continuing towards the Misa river, which passes through the city, you will meet the characteristic Foro Annonario where today traditional fish and vegetable markets still operate. Proceeding to the left, you can walk under the Portici Ercolani, site of the age-old unregulated "Fiera della Maddalena",
now known as the "Fiera di Senigallia" (Fair of Senigallia), which
reached the peak of its importance between the mid 1600s and the end of
the 1700s when it was celebrated as one of the most important fairs in
Europe. The fame of this fair was confirmed by Carlo Goldoni, who in
1760 entitled one of his musical plays "La fiera di Senigallia".
In Senigallia history and culture are fused in the casa natale di Papa Pio IX (the house in which Pope Pius IX was born) and the Chiesa della Croce,
a baroque style church in which the altar-piece, painted by Federico
Barocci, represents the Deposition of Christ. Senigallia also hosts the
Convento delle Grazie, where you can view the famous ‘Madonna e Santi del Perugino’, the Museo di Storia della Mezzadria (Historical Museum of the Mezzadria) and the Museo di Arte moderna e dell'Informazione (Museum of Modern Art and Information), which houses and important collection of the photographs of Mario Giacomelli.
Events Summer in Senigallia:
29 june - 1 july - Caterraduno
15 - 23 july - X Masters Award
26 july - 6 august - Summer Jamboree
August - Fuochi d'artificio
19 - 26 august - 20.000 Righe sotto i mari
27 - 30 agosto - Sant'Agostino' s Fair
21 - 24 september - Pane Nostrum
Senigallia is part of the Sistema Turistico Locale Marca Anconetana, with a hinterland full of interesting places to discover. Within a radius of a few kilometres it is possible to visit:
Ripe: The town of trades, which still preserves artisan traditions. Ostra:
with its well preserved historical centre, established as a centre of
restoration of antique furniture. Every year in summer there is an
exhibition of antiques. Morro d'Alba:
site of the Museo della Cultura Mezzadrile (Museum of Mezzadrile
culture), and famous for the production of the DOC Lacrima di Morro
d’Alba wine. Corinaldo: a medieval
town famous for its fourteenth century city walls, which are among the
most spectacular in the region, and birthplace of Santa Maria Goretti.
The celebrated festival of the Pozzo della Polenta (Well of Polenta)
takes place every year in July. Castelleone di Suasa, in the valley of which is located the Parco Archeologico dell'antica città romana di Suasa (Archaeological park of the ancient Roman city of Suasa) with its mosaics. Serra de' Conti which conserves a precious and unique Museo delle Arti Monastiche (Museum of Monastic Arts). Montecarotto: A famous production centre of Verdicchio wine. Arcevia:
Arcevia, which is situated on a rocky spur which dominates the upper
valleys of the Misa river, enjoys a picturesque mountain panorama. The
hinterland of the town, characterized by ‘Castelli’ (Castles) includes
the evocative and particularly interesting fortified towns of Palazzo, Piticchio, Loretello, Nidastore and Avacelli. Serra San Quirico: Operational site of the Parco Regionale della Gola della Rossa and di Frasassi. Genga: The famous Grotte di Frassassi, a network of extraordinarily beautiful caves renowned throughout Europe, is located in the immediate vicinity. Sassoferrato, on the outskirts of which the Roman city of Sentinum is located. Sentinum has become a Parco Archeologico Regionale (Regional Archaeological Park). Fabriano:
city of Gentile of Fabriano, and location of the celebrated Museo della
Carta e della Filigrana (Museum of Paper) in which it is possible to
see how paper was made long ago. Jesi:
the birth place of Frederick II of Svevia and the musician G.B.
Pergolesi. The city boasts medieval quarters, aristocratic palaces and
splendid churches which characterize a well-preserved historical
centre. Charming towns in the vicinity which are well worth visiting
include Cupramontana, the capital of Verdicchio wine, Monteroberto, Maiolati Spontini e Castelbellino.
Ancona: the city is made up of two distinct
parts: the old historical centre with its medieval streets, ramps and
staircases pressed against the hill Guasco, on the summit of which the
Roman cathedral of San Ciriaco rises, and a modern area which was established at the end of the 1700s. Places worth visiting include the Mole Vanvitelliana, the Palazzo del Governo (Government House) the Pinacoteca (Civic Picture Gallery), the Galleria d'Arte moderna (Gallery of Modern Art) and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche (National Archaeological Museum of Le Marche), The Riviera del Conero, site of the Parco Regionale del Monte Conero (Regional Park of Mount Conero) and the Santuario di Loreto (Sanctuary of Loreto), one of the cult places most visited and noted throughout Italy and Europe.
Pesaro: Places to visit include the Palazzo Ducale (Duke’s Palace) the Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery) the Museo delle ceramiche (Ceramics Museum)and the casa natale di Gioacchino Rossini (Birth house of Gioacchino Rossini).
The Rossini Opera Festival takes place every summer.
The city, still enclosed within polygonal bulwarks constructed in 1507, rests on two hills divided by the Piazza della Repubblica; one to the south east where the Duomo and the Palazzo Ducale are located and the other to the north west, in which Piazza Roma is situated.
Most buildings date back to the XV and XVI centuries. The town became the Ducato di Urbino (Duchy of Urbino) under the Montefeltro dynasty. Raffaello Sanzio and Bramante were born there. Today the city is a renowned university town. Places worth visiting include the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche (National Gallery of Le Marche). San Leo,
a charming, perfectly preserved medieval town, is located nearby.
Giuseppe Balsamo, best known as the Count of Cagliostro, was imprisoned
and died in the Fort there in 1795.
Macerata: The urban fabric of the old city was completely realized within the arc of the XVI-XIX centuries. Places to visit include the Sferisterio, a spectacular medieval structure, where the Lyric Theatre season takes place annually in summer. Recanati, birth place of Italian romantic poet Giacomo Leopardi, is located nearby.
This medieval city rises on Roman ruins and is characterized by the
warm colour of travertine, marble from which houses, palaces, churches,
bridges and towers are constructed.
Another point of artistic interest are the pictures of the Venetian Carlo Crivelli, who was regional head of an important workshop. Places worth visiting include the Pinacoteca Civica, the Palazzo Malaspina, the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, the Loggia dei Mercanti and the numerous piazzas. The famous re-enactment of the Quintana takes place every summer.