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Senigallia (Ancona province)

A town on the coast of the N Marche: 43°43N, 13°13E. Altitude: 5 m. Population in 2000: 42,300.

[image ALT: A brick-paved esplanade somewhat larger than a football field, interrupted by a large and elaborate circular stone fountain, and in the background the low outline of a massive crenellated stone fortress. It is a view of the Piazza del Duca of Senigallia in the Marche (central Italy).]

The Piazza del Duca on a broiling summer afternoon (notice that the photographer chose to shoot from the shade!). In the foreground, the early 17c fountain was the public-relations part of a brand-new city water supply system; behind it, a deceptively tame view of the Rocca, the town's 13c‑15c fortress built on top of its Roman predecessor, some of which can still be seen inside: a fascinating place to visit — and dark and cool, too.

Senigallia is a little town not quite midway down the Adriatic coast of Italy, 15 km NW of Ancona: 23 km further NW and you'll be in Fano; and in 70 km along the same coastal road, in Rimini. Today, Senigallia is mostly a beach resort, but its medieval and Renaissance past as one of the Pentapoli Marittima — Italy's Byzantine equivalent of England's Cinque Ports — has left behind it, in addition to an assortment of old churches, the massive fortress you see above: an indication of just how turbulent the region's history was.

A small website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Senigallia briefly and taken my usual rolls of photos. Pending the formal website though, you may find it useful to read the 1911 Britannica's article on the town and the July 8‑9, 2000 entries of my diary, with 2 more photos; for more complete and detailed information, you should see the sites in the navigation bar at the foot of this page, of course.


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