It can be tough to keep the whole family entertained when you’re on a mission to learn more about the history and culture of Italy. Dragging the kids around a museum or a cathedral can be a tough one. Fear not though. By visiting the Italian destination of Pescaro, you’ll keep everyone happy. Pescaro is a resort with a little bit of everything. There are historic monuments dating back to the Roman era, a more modern theatre and music scene, and of course, tons of great beaches. Pesaro has golden sands for the kids to build sandcastles on, before splashing around in the Adriatic Sea. Older children can even try their hand at watersports.
There are several landmarks to set your sights on in Pesaro’s old town. It was originally a Roman settlement, set back a few yards from the sea. You can admire Pesaro’s cathedral, 400-year-old theatre and a castle from the middle ages. After a long day strolling around these monuments, why not relax in one of Pesaro’s cafes and restaurants. Foodies will love a trip to Pesaro. This area of Italy, in the Marche region, is well-known for both the quality of its grub and the wines that are produced in the countryside inland from Pesaro. It’s a good idea to hire a car and explore some of the other towns and villages around Pesaro. Like Pesaro, they are jam-packed with history. Head down the coast and you’ll come across much quieter beaches too.
There are plenty of other beach resorts close to Pesaro, including Fano and the ever-popular Senigallia. Fano has lots going for it apart from the beach though. At one time, this was a huge Roman town and there’s still ruins and monuments left over from that era which you can see. Many foodies also head to Fano. Order lunch here, and you’ll soon see why. The hills on the outskirts of the town are where the magic happens, with wine production and sausage making.
One of the most common day trips to make from Pesaro is a short hop down the coast to the port of Ancona. It’s a pretty harbour that has largely been unspoiled by tourism. Think of a leisurely stroll along Ancona’s cute, narrow streets, as you admire the historic buildings and hunt for a souvenir in a hidden away shop. Ancona is also home to the excellent Archaeological Museum, containing many Roman exhibits.
On the border between the regions of Marche and Emilia Romagna, Cattolica is an elegant town to have a wander around. You can stop for an aperitif or ice cream after a pleasant potter along Cattolica’s tree-lined streets. If you’re feeling a touch more peckish, head to Cattolica’s harbour area. There are plenty of restaurants serving up the catch of Cattolica’s fishing fleet.
Culture vultures are spoiled for choice with all the historic and artistic attractions on offer in Pesaro. For starters, this was the home of the composer Rossini. You can see his house on the road leading to Pesaro’s imposing cathedral. There’s a chance to spot early Christian mosaics in this cathedral. Make sure you also visit the very grand Ducal Palace in Pesaro’s main square.
It’s not all about culture and history on your trip to Pesaro. Far from it. You can enjoy some good old fun by taking part in one of the watersports on Pesaro’s beach. There are watersport stands aplenty on the coastline between Pesaro and Fano. You can try your hand at sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing or that holiday favourite of the banana boat.
If you time your holiday to Pesaro right, you can enjoy the town at festival time. There are annual carnivals that take place in Pesaro and almost every other town in the Marche region. It’s top fun. Most of the carnivals have a medieval theme, so you’ll see plenty of funky costumes and sword fighting. There’s also lots to eat too. The floats in Fano’s carnival, for example, launch chocolates into the crowds.
Beaches in Pesaro
Sandy beaches can be seen in each direction when you arrive at Pesaro’s coastline. The beaches are packed with sunbeds and umbrellas. There’s a promenade if you fancy taking a stroll next to the sea. If you’re looking for a quieter beach experience, head to Colle Ardizio at the southern end of Pesaro. Here you’ll find an area of sand freed from any tourist trappings.
Foodies flock to the Marche region for its mix of brilliant seafood and hearty stews. Almost all of the restaurants that you’ll find on the coastline will have their own fish soup recipe. But if you head a few miles inland, then it’s a meat lovers’ paradise. One of the specialities around these parts is tournedos alla rossini - a ham hock with mushroom, parsley and lemon. The Marche region is also renowned for its cheeses and cured meats. Perfect for a picnic!
Restaurants in Pesaro
The Marche is not among Italy’s tourist hotspots, which is good news for the wallet. You’ll find reasonable prices in most of the restaurants in Pesaro. The more expensive are found along the beach promenade, which tend to specialise in fish. Head into the town centre, particularly around the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Lazzarini, and you’ll find the restaurants where the locals eat.
Pesaro is a brilliant place for families and couples. There are great beaches where you can relax and play. But there’s also lots to see and learn about in Pesaro, before, of course, you spend the evening at one of Pesaro’s excellent restaurants. Look no further than easyJet holidays for the best way to get to Pesaro. You can even save yourself some spending money by booking a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. If you’re still considering your options, take a look at our other Marche destination guides.