Pesaro is the second biggest city for its population in the region of Marche, after the capital, Ancona
In Pesaro, located on the Adriatic coast in the northeastern part of the Marche region, the sandy coastline is almost a prelude to the beaches of the Romagnol coast. An industrial centre of considerable size, but also a seaside resort village with a backcountry of peaceful natural landscapes, Pesaro displays the traces of a past that is filled with art and culture. The birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini, his presence is felt in the Academy that was built at his request in 1868. Inside, in the rooms dedicated to the maestro, a number of original musical scores have been preserved. Pesaro's significance in artistic terms, however, does not reside only in music. As you pass through Popolo Square, on your way to visit the municipal museum, you'll be astounded by the beauty of its historical monuments, such as the 15th century Ducal Palace. Among the collection of ceramics and paintings by the Venetian school displayed in the art gallery, the wonderful altar pieces by Pesaro de Giovanni Bellini don't fail to stand out.