A stroll through art, culture and good wine in the rolling hills of the Marche region
Jesi stands on a hill in the lower valley of the Esino river in the Marche region, a few kilometres from Ancona. The city is famous for being the birthplace of the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II of Swabia.
Surrounded by a perfectly preserved city wall, Jesi boasts a historical centre full of artistic and architectural treasures to be discovered on foot. Starting with the large Piazza Federico II, built on the site of the ancient Roman Forum. It is overlooked by the Cathedral of San Settimio and the Rococo-style Palazzo Balleani, the Convent of San Floriano dedicated to the city's patron saint, and the elegant Palazzo Ripanti. From there, other city landmarks are just a short distance away, like Piazza Colocci with Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo Colocci Vespucci and Palazzo Bisaccioni, or Piazza della Repubblica overlooked by the Pergolesi Theatre, the Church of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and the elegant Loggia at the Fontana dei Leoni.
But the wonders of Jesi do not stop at the historic centre. Just outside the town, one can immerse oneself in the uncontaminated nature of the Ripa Bianca Reserve or explore the Verdicchio wine of the Castelli di Jesi, amidst picturesque villages like Castelplanio and Castelbellino or the silent Badia di San Benedetto de' Frondigliosi.