The Province of Pesaro and Urbino offers lots of ancient towns, villages and castles which all have their own story to tell. Each of them bear the indelible evidence of the inspiration and creativity of those who played a part in their history. The problem about creating a series of art tours around the area arises from the simple fact that every town has something to make it worth a visit. And often it is the smallest villages, which still retain strong links with their rural past, that have the greatest interest.
That great passion and enthusiasm for art and culture in the entire province of Pesaro and Urbino has produced a number of famous names. Among these are the Fano theatre designer Giacomo Torelli, who worked for a long period in Paris at the court of the Sun King, and the great composer Gioachino Rossini, from Pesaro. These great names provide proof of the existence of an inspiring, lively artistic life which continues to maintain this rich tradition today.
The Flaminian Way
The Flaminian Way provided a vital link between ancient Rome, Cisalpine Gaul and the whole of Northern Europe. For the cities lying along its route this brought new-found prosperity. From Rimini to Pesaro and on to Fano, it then turned inland towards the narrow Furlo Gorge, an incredible mountain canyon between Monte Pietralata and Monte Paganuccio, before continuing on to the Imperial capital. Visitors today following this ancient road will find archaeological sites of great importance, walled hill towns and castles guarding the Metauro Valley and magnificent natural scenery -this is a route to meander along, to discover tiny gems of history along kilometre after kilometre of road.
Fortresses and Castles
Few other places have a history and beauty as rich as the ancient fortresses and castles guarding the hills and valleys of this area, whose age-old past becomes lost in legend. Here we find ourselves in a sort of magic time machine where fantasy and reality become one. San Leo takes us to Cagliostro's dungeon, Gradara takes us to the chamber of Francesca da Rimini and her lover Paolo, Urbino to the rooms where Lucrezia Borgia once lived and halls which held Renaissance banquets...