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Just a stone's throw from the sea and made of travertine, the Marche town shines with golden light

In this timeless place, art, architecture and food and wine are the embodiment of Italian excellence at its finest. All this is Ascoli Piceno, a medieval city of a thousand surprises that is bound to win everyone over.


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Teatro Rossini, Pesaro. Photo by: lindasky76 /

The Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro: music on the Adriatic Sea

He wrote his first opera at the age of 14, and critics consider him the Italian Mozart. Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868) was the greatest 19th-century composer, author of Othello, Barber of Seville, William Tell. Born in Pesaro, every August the city celebrates him with the Rossini Opera Festival: a must-see if you’re near the Adriatic Coast in summer. An extraordinary mix of sweet beach life and sublime music. The tribute of an entire city The centrepiece of the Rossini Opera Festival is the Neoclassical theatre in Pesaro that has been named after the artist since 1855, with a full calendar of concerts and operas. Some events also move to the Auditorium Pedrotti in the wonderful Conservatorio di Musica Gioachino Rossini in the city centre and other locations. Accademia Rossiniana Alberto Zedda is a project closely linked to the festival: a study centre on Rossinian interpretation open to scholars and performing arts professionals. Casa Rossini is instead the house where the author was born and spent his childhood. Today it is a state-of-the-art museum on three floors. Of particular interest is the collection of his portraits and caricatures, as well as the audio/video room where you can lose yourself amidst divine notes. Touch-screen stations allow listening to sounds that reproduce letters and documents. The places linked to the musician include Tempietto Rossiniano in Palazzo Olivieri with its splendid frescoes, with the autographs of the operas performed in Naples for the first time, and the Gioachino Rossini Foundation Library in the ancient Palazzo Montani Antaldi.

City of a hundred towers and bien vivre

Ascoli Piceno is the city of white stone. Its travertine buildings, the bell towers and turrets that punctuate its skyline, the stately squares and an atmosphere that recalls the past make this medieval city in the Marche one of the most monumental in Italy.

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