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Senigallia or “SENA GALLICA”, as it was named by the Romans, who turned it into an important port for trading with northern Europe, is a town full of surprises and rich in art.
The surroundings of Senigallia will enchant you with their views, ancient villages, ancient streets of wine trade and ancient buildings which, scattered throughout the territory, determine its uniqueness and make it a great destination for both sea lovers and tourists wanting to explore the places and the populations who have lived in this area over the centuries.
Below is a brief description of these beauties and some suggestions for an unforgettable holiday in the Marche region.

Art & culture

ROCCA ROVERESCA:

the center of Senigallia houses the ROCCA ROVERESCA, an important testimony of military architecture, which results from defensive structures overlapping through the centuries. In its millenary history, the Rocca was not only a fortress, but also a stately home. Today it hosts temporary art exhibitions and cultural events.

PALAZZO DUCALE:

in front of the Rocca is the PALAZZO DUCALE, wanted by the Della Rovere family around 1550. The palace was designed as a representative residence for the court and its illustrious guests to watch the military parades taking place in the square.

PALAZZETTO BAVIERA :

on the right of the Rocca is the PALAZZETTO BAVIERA, which is one of the most important architectural testimonies of the town, since it boasts an extraordinary series of stuccos made in 1950 by the illustrious plasterer from Urbino Federico Brandani.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA “LA FENICE”:

during the construction of the new theater “La Fenice”, a whole Roman block was found that is now a charming museum open to the public. Visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA “LA FENICE”, situated below the theater, to relive a slice of daily Roman life and learn about the ancient history of Senigallia and its territory.

Historic villages of
the hinterland

In the hinterland of Senigallia you can visit interesting places dotting the wonderful hills, each of them characterized by historical, artistic and food & wine beauties to be discovered.

CORINALDO:

Corinaldo is a fantastic village with perfectly maintained walls dating back to the fourteenth century. It was officially declared the most beautiful village in Italy in 2007. The village is the hometown of Santa Maria Goretti, whose birth house can still be visited.

MORRO D’ALBA:

this village situated between Senigallia and Jesi is known for its famous red wine “Lacrima di Morro D’Alba”. It has beautiful and well-maintained walls with an irregular pentagonal shape. Worth visiting is the “Utensilia” museum dedicated to the sharecropping culture. A walk on the “strada della Scarpa”, a long portico that encloses the historic center, is a must.

ARCEVIA:

the municipality of Arcevia includes nine castles. These fourteenth-century walled residential centers, which are the greatest attraction in the area, host numerous cultural events including “ARCEVIA JAZZ”, held in July and August, and “ARCEVIA INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL”, held in August and September.

MONTECAROTTO:

eastern buttress of the sub-Apennine area of the province of Ancona. Its historic center preserves remarkable wall worthy of a visit. It can be considered one of the most important fortifications of Vallesina. The excellence of Montecarotto is the famous wine VERDICCHIO, produced in several types and versions, and specially celebrated in July every year with the festival “VERDICCHIO IN FESTA”.

SERRA DE’ CONTI:

ancient medieval village characterized by walls with ten polygonal towers surrounding the town. Visitors can enjoy an evocative view of the landscape and the town, which only ancient villages can offer. In the summer, in the second half of August, the town celebrates the “Notte Nera” (Black Night), when all the lights of the center are turned off and several cultural and artistic activities take place.

GRADARA:

the CASTLE OF GRADARA is a must-see place. In the Middle Ages, the fortress was one of the main scenes of the battles between the militias loyal to the Papacy and the Lordships of Marche and Romagna. According to legend, the fortress was the background of the tragic and famous love story between Paolo and Francesca. Valuable landscapes and historical findings characterize the territory of Gradara, which combines art, craftsmanship and good food.

Sea & beaches

Sea and beaches

Senigallia is the most famous beach in Marche. It measures 13 kilometers of fine golden sand as soft as velvet. Since 1997 Senigallia has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, thanks to its clean waters, careful environmental management, beach services and safety, which will make your holiday a unique and unforgettable experience.

The city of Senigallia has also been awarded the Green Flag by a group of Italian pediatricians, for its child-friendly beach with clear and shallow water, clean sand to build castles and bathing facilities equipped with safe play areas.
Senigallia is a destination for everyone, and it is pleased to host your 4-legged friends, even at the beach!
In fact, some establishments have recently set up delimited and equipped areas, where dogs and their owners can enjoy days on the beach in complete tranquility.

Not far from Senigallia, heading south, there are other famous places of the Marche coast, including the Riviera del Conero and the famous beaches of Sirolo and Numana, where you can make excursions in nature-sports routes worthy of the most famous summer island destinations.

Natural wonders

GIANT’S KETTLES:

in Fossombrone, a municipality in the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, there is a small 30-meter deep “canyon”. We are talking about morphosculptures produced over the centuries by the erosion of the waters of River Metauro, which created cavities occupied by small sheets of water. You can see them up close by walking along a path that goes down to the banks of the gorge or by canoeing or kayaking in this marvelous scenery.

FRASASSI CAVES:

these wonderful and unique caves are the flagship of the Regional Nature Park of Gola della Rossa and Frasassi. They are underground karst formations where you can admire the wonderful natural sculptures that have been formed by the underground infiltration waters for millions of years. Visits are available in various routes, which differ in terms of duration and difficulty.

Events

Senigallia has a strong relationship with the world of music, which is confirmed by several annual events organized in the city. The most important ones include:

FESTA DELLA MUSICA

(an event of French origin born to celebrate the summer solstice), which takes place in mid-July with free concerts and live music that turn the city into an outdoor stage.

SUMMER JAMBOREE

an international festival of music and culture of the 40s and the 50s held between the end of July and the beginning of August, with the city being literally invaded by fans and turned into a real stage of exciting musical events and workshops. The “SUMMER”, as Senigallia citizens call their favorite event, is considered the most important event of its kind in Europe and one of the important across the world.

CATERRADUNO

a well-known radio broadcast on Rai Radio 2, “Caterpillar” is an event linked to the great Italian music.

NOTTE DELLA ROTONDA

held in mid-July to celebrate the restoration and reopening of the famous Rotonda sul Mare, which has contributed to enhance the Velvet Beach since 2006.

SANT’AGOSTINO FAIR

held in late August with about 500 exhibitors occupying and enlivening the streets of the city center.
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