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Pesaro and Urbino

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  • Day326

    Day 327: Urbino

    January 7, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 5 °C

    Last site for this leg of the trip! In the car at the usual time, heading south-east into the mountains for the hilltop city of Urbino. This site was a flourishing centre of arts and culture during the Renaissance (thanks largely to one particular Duke), and then abruptly became a back-water. But what's interesting is that because of that, it's extremely well preserved. So we had reasonably high hopes on the hour-long drive, despite the heavy mist and fog outside.

    Eventually we arrived and parked in a large parking lot underneath the town walls. Or at least that's what I think they were - it was heavily fogged in and we couldn't really see anything. But we left Schnitzel in the car and headed upstairs into the fortress town (like many Italian cities it has access-controlled central areas for local vehicles only, and heavy fines for non-compliance).

    The two main things to see here were the Ducal Palace, the Cathedral and then the home of Raphael, famous Renaissance artist. We checked out each one in turn, though much of the Ducal palace was given over to an art collection which wasn't super interesting. But there were a couple of interesting rooms, and a Raphael painting similar to the Mona Lisa.

    Had a look around the rest of the streets - it was quite atmospheric with the fog, but also kind of uninspiring as well sadly. It definitely looked like a Renaissance town though - aside from the street lighting and signage it felt very immersive and old. Not much to see at Raphael's birth house other than a plaque and a locked door (it's a museum that was closed on Sundays), so we went for some lunch and then headed back to the car.

    Drove up to an apparently cool looking fortress on the edge of the town, but again we couldn't see anything but fog. Supposedly fog and mist is pretty common here - probably the altitude of the mountains and the warmth of the sea which isn't too far away. Maybe we just got lucky yesterday at San Marino! Drove back home, fairly unimpressed with the site sadly. Though I guess it would've been better with different weather - some of the photos we've seen look great!
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  • Day13

    Pesaro

    July 27, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Sista dagen i Kroatien spenderade vi i Split, mestadels med att dricka vatten och försöka förhindra solsting. Kände oss lite medtagna båda två. Vi hann ta ett litet dopp på fullsatt strand, annars höll vi oss mest i skuggan och väntade på att det skulle bli dags för nattfärjan till Italien. Till middag åt vi jättegod ( och jättestor) vegetarisk lasagne. Väl på färjan slog vi till slut läger vid en soffa, som jag fick turen att sova på, medans Joanna slog upp sin säng (sidenpåse) på golvet bredvid. Jag sov helt okej! Det var värre för Joanna..
    Nu är vi framme i Pesaro, Italien för en andra, och sista stranddag!
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  • Day14

    Pesaro

    July 28, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Vi ägnade nästan hela gårdagen till att ligga på stranden och bada i havet. På kvällen gick vi in till centrum för att äta och fixa kuvert och frimärken till mina utbytespapper som stressat mig lite för mycket under resan, för att de inte skulle hinna fram om jag väntade tills jag kom hem. Nu är det skickat dock, och får slappna av från det de sista dagarna i alla fall!
    Vi åt pizza, som var god, på en trevlig restaurang, och gick sedan hem och la oss. När klockan ringde imorse och solen lyste över havet utanför fönstret kände vi att en natt här var för lite, men då vi har planerat och bokat boende för resten av resan var det bara att säga farväl och gå till bussen.
    Så nu sitter vi på ett fullknökat tåg med all vår packning i knät och kan inte röra oss.
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  • Day16

    Pesaro: Ano, také nás to napadlo :-)

    August 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Zajímalo nás, jaké je moře na druhé straně, tak jsme se na jeden den zastavili v Pesaru. Hotel předčil naše očekávání zejména kvůli výhledu na moře a bazénu, ale moře nás zklamalo - bohužel bylo mělké a špinavé. 👎 Zašli jsme si na fajn večeři do příjemné restaurace C’era una volta, kde místním upečou pizzu i v půlnoci a zase frčeli dál. 😉Read more

  • Day19

    Cagli and Adriatic Coast

    September 18, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 24 °C

    Day 16
    Headed to the coast for a dip in the Adriatic and found a beautiful sandy spot just between Fano and Pesaro where you can wave to the trains passing by. The water was so warm and the beach very quiet but I expect it would be madness in the height of summer with all the sun loungers and parasols lined up. Had a beautiful lunch at Oasis Beach Bar and sat people watching with a glass of wine. Left the beautiful clear skies and headed inland to a storm - can’t believe 45 minutes earlier we were sunning ourselves on the beach.

    Johnny went for his last run in the Italian countryside to Molleone and it’s derelict church and cemetery.

    Ended the day with a farewell meal at Il Poggio, awesome pasta and pizza followed by limoncello

    Countryside Italy: 34km 48, 035 steps - lazy few days 😳
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  • Day16

    Cagli and Furlo Gorge

    September 15, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 25 °C

    Day 13
    Awoke to the sun peeping through the shutters and the start of another beautiful morning in the Italian countryside.

    Lazy start to the day with a leisurely breakfast on the patio before heading off to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans along via Flamina- one of the oldest and most important of the great roads built by Rome and laid in 220 BC, passing through the breathtaking scenery of Furlo Gorge, including the tunnel built in 26AD.

    Visited a few churches before stopping in the grounds of the medieval abbey of San Vincenzo, and with our minimal Italian and their minimal English managed to order lunch of piadina- local filled flat bread.

    Later we went in search of the ‘ Gran Canyon’ and other rocky riverside swimming holes just outside Cagli and found a little secluded area for a refreshing dip.

    Finished the day sat on the garden swing seat, listening to Steele Dan (thanks Mervyn) drinking local vino Rosso.
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  • Day14

    Cagli

    September 13, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 25 °C

    Day 11
    Getting pretty good now at the toll road system in Europe and easily found our way out of Ancona and to our new home just outside the small town of Cagli - a 16th century converted chapel at San Cristoforo. Our first attempt at Italian in the market and we came away with bread, ham and salad for lunch- success!

    After its mid day ‘siesta’ we popped into Cagli and sat in a cafe people watching and was amazed to find that for a very small town it had a cathedral, a monastery with chapel with a painting of St Justine of Padua, and 4 other churches-well that’s all we managed to find!

    Later we chilled on our awesome patio overlooking the garden with its vines, fig and assorted fruit trees and distant mountains whilst sipping wine as the sun set and we were treated to an awesome stary sky.

    Think we are going to like it here.
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  • Day15

    Urbino

    September 14, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 25 °C

    Day 12
    Road trip to the walled city of Urbino, birthplace of Raphael. Visited the Ducal Palace and San Domenic Church, unfortunately the cathedral was closed for restoration works following the earthquake a few years ago.

    Later Johnny went for a run to Castle Frontone and I chillaxed in the garden with a glass of bubbles and a book
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  • Day19

    La Pieve: our little chapel

    September 18, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 20 °C

    It’s our last full day and I am going to miss it here at our beautiful little chapel at San Cristoforo.I am going to miss the quietness and the unpolluted sky’s, the complete darkness at night and the sun streaming in from the shutters in the morning painting the bedroom walls bright yellow, sitting out on the patio with a morning coffee contemplating the day ahead and on the garden swing seat in the evening with a glass of wine reflecting on our adventures, the beautiful unspoilt countryside currently not greatly affected by tourism, the helpful people who speak very little English but are happy to try to understand our minimal Italian, the beautiful wine and basic uncomplicated food made with local ingredients, the fact the shops shut each day at mid afternoon, Sunday and odd other days- although it has been a challenge coming from an almost 23/7 world. It reminds me so much of country France so much so that occasionally I have found myself dropping the odd French word into a ‘conversation’. I am not going to miss the plague of crickets that make their way indoors and everywhere in the evening, only to disappear in the morning. Love that we have been staying in a place with so much history.

    For those interested in the history: the little research done on the area has found flint tools in the surrounding fields thought to date back to the Stone Age and in 1934 the local parish priest Don Biago Paoletti discovered 3 tombs with Etruscan style ceramics dating from the 3rd century BC. The earliest records referring to San Cristoforo are in titles dating back to 1290 and appears to have taken its name from a fortification that earlier stood on the site. The present church was built by priest Don Angelo Amatori in 1727, and in his description refers to ‘ a washbowl in stone cut and decorated by myself’ which can be found in the current bedroom. The last priest to live at San Cristoforo was Don Buagio Paoletti and after his death in 1942 the chapel was served by the priest from the nearby parish if Saint’ Angelo in Mariano. The last mass was celebrated around 1970 and the small church school on the site was also closed in the 1970’s.

    The current owners, and our hosts Peter and Richard, bought San Cristoforo in 1988 and began the slow restoration of the whole complex, maintaining lots of the original features. Unfortunately the front of La Pieve and some of the La Casetta was destroyed in the earthquake a couple of years ago and had to be rebuilt.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, Pesaro-Urbino, Pesaro and Urbino, Pesaro y Urbino, Pesaro et Urbino, Pesaro e Urbino

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