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Pesaro

A town on the coast of the Marche: 43°55N 12°55E.   Altitude: sea-level.   Population (2003): 91,400
A stone sea-horse — that is, a horse with the tail of a fish — spouting a thin stream of water from its mouth, and another from one of its ears. It is a detail of a 17c fountain in Pesaro, a city of the Marche (central Italy).

The apple of Pesaro's eye is the fountain in the Piazza del Popolo (detail).

Pesaro is a pleasant town on the Adriatic coast of Italy 35 km SW of Rimini; continuing along the coast in the same line, one meets with Fano (12 km), Senigallia (34 km), and Ancona (61 km). As ports go, it's no longer what it was, and its appeal to the visitor lies chiefly in a number of agreeable and elegant monuments, most of them by Italian standards rather recent: Renaissance or later.

A small website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Pesaro briefly and taken my usual few dozen photos. Pending the formal website though, you may find it useful to read the 1911 Britannica's article on the town and the July 2, 2000 entry 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.


August 2003, a first step into the construction of that proper website:


[image ALT: A stone sea-horse — that is, a horse with the tail of a fish — spouting a thin stream of water from its mouth, and another from one of its ears. It is a detail of a 17c fountain in Pesaro, a city of the Marche (central Italy).]

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Lorenzo Ottoni's irresistible fountain, the pride of the city, in her main square, is the inevitable start. The sea-horse that you've now seen twice on this page is just a detail; the whole is beautiful — some of the other details are curious; and its history is more than one would expect.


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