DAY 1: PESCARA - PESARO
Your local guides Guido & Luciana will meet this morning at your hotel in Pescara by 9.00am with an air conditioned private vehicle and start your wonderful programme and head northwards to the beautiful region of MARCHE, central Italy. Giosué Carducci, a Nobel Prize Winner and one of the great poets of 19th century Italy, described “Le Marche” in these terms: “This land blessed by God is full of
beauty, variety, liberty, with protecting mountains slowly lowering towards the sea, an embracing sea, with greeting, rising hills and shining valleys.”
Pesaro lies directly on the Adriatic coast and is the second largest of the towns in the Marche with a population of just over 95,000 people. It is known affectionately as the City of Bikes (with the biggest use of bicycles in Italy) and also the City of Music (thanks to the composer Rossini born in Pesaro). This will be your base for 3 nights.
During our time in Pesaro there will be time to visit the city’s great art collection housed in the 16th century Palazzo Mosca as well as the famous composer Rossini’s birth house and now museum. The house hails back from the 15th – 18th centuries and learn all about this great composer born in 1792. He was a great gourmand and also published many recipes, such as Tournedos Rossini and loved truffles!
His love of Pesaro is reflected in the great honour the town has bestowed upon him, with a yearly Opera Festival held here every August. Enjoy lunch at nearby Gabicce Monte north of Pesaro, right on the Adriatic coastline. The freshest seafood is found here as we lunch overlooking the Golf of Cattolica, right on the northern border of Marche.
Afterwards you can walk in the promontory area of Natural regional Park of San Bartolo which has many grottoes and interesting scenery on this rugged stretch of Adriatic coastline. There are nearby fortified hilltop towns to explore- Casteldimezzo and Fiorenzuola di Focara which make for a wonderful afternoon after lunch.
Return to Pesaro and take time to explore the centre of town or stroll along the beachside in this elegant Adriatic town. Dinner / supper at your own leisure.