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Senigallia and its hinterland

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to discover the beauties of Italy

Seaside town

Seaside town The seaside town of Senigallia is one of the most attractive and friendly on the Adriatic Riviera, also known as the Velvet Beach for its soft, golden, ultra-fine sand, its thirteen kilometres of coast and the quality of its clean, shallow sea. Senigallia has now held European “Blue Flag” status for 18 years.
The symbol of Senigallia is the Rotonda a Mare, opened on 18 July 1933, which soon because a famous musical event and entertainment venue. The ‘50s and ‘60s were the golden years of Senigallia’s Rotonda a Mare, as it hosted the most famous Italian pop music stars; their greatest successes are brought back to life today by the Summer Jamboree and the Caterraduno.

A historic town of great cultural interest

A historic town of great cultural interest The very well preserved historic centre contains the Piazza del Duca with the Rocca Roveresca Castle, a reminder of the age when the town was part of the Urbino Dukedom. It is also the place where Cesare Borgia, the “Valentino”, carried out the famous massacre of his enemies described by Niccolò Machiavelli in “The Prince”. Also on the square are the Palazzetto Baviera and the Ducal Palace. By the River Misa which flows through the city is the unusual Foro Annonario, still home to the fish and vegetable market, which also hosts the shows of Senigallia’s two biggest events, the August Summer Jamboree and the June Caterraduno, which attract thousands of visitors and fans from all over the world every year.
Walking onwards, the visitor can stroll under the Portici Ercolani, the arcades that once sheltered the ancient “fiera franca” or free fair, also known as the Fiera della Maddalena or "Fiera di Senigallia", at its height between the mid 17th and late 18th Centuries, when it was one of Europe's most important fairs; in 1760 Carlo Goldoni actually entitled one of his comic operas "La fiera di Senigallia".
In Senigallia, history and culture centre around the birthplace and family home of Pope Pio IX, the small but very beautiful Baroque Chiesa della Croce (Church of the Cross), with its altar painting of the Deposition of Christ by Federico Barocci, the Chiesa di San Martino (Church of St Martin) with the lovely Visit to Saint Anna by Guercino, the Convento delle Grazie (Convent of Graces) which contains a Madonna and Saints by Perugino in its church, the Museo di Storia della Mezzadria (Sharecropping Museum) and the Museo di Arte moderna e dell'Informazione (Museum of Modern Art and Communications) with a major collection of photographs by Mario Giacomelli.

A town of rolling hills, hamlets and castles

Senigallia’s hinterland is amazingly rich in lovely, fascinating locations just waiting to be explored, even by bicycle or motorbike. The following places of interest are within a radius of a few dozen kilometres:

  • Trecastelli

    the village of crafts, where the ancient craft traditions are still preserved.
  • Ostra

    with its very well conserved historic centre, Ostra has become famous for antique furniture restoration and the National Antiques and Crafts Fair, held there every August.
  • Morro d'Alba

    home to the Museo Utensilia della Cultura Mezzadrile (Museum of Sharecropping Tools) and famous above all for its red wine, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC.
  • Corinaldo

    an ancient medieval village famous for its 14th Century walls, amongst the most spectacular in the Marches region, it is considered one of Italy’s loveliest old hamlets and is the birthplace of Saint Maria Goretti. The famous “Contesa del Pozzo della Polenta”, evoking an incident from the town’s folk history, is celebrated in July every year.
  • Mondavio

    with its Rocca Roversesca castle, every year the town stages a re-enactment of a Renaissance Boar Hunt with Banquet to follow.
  • Castelleone di Suasa

    the Archaeological Park of the ancient Roman town of Suasa with its mosaics lies down the hill from the modern town.
  • Serra de' Conti

    home to a wonderful, unique Museum of the Monastic Arts.
  • Jesi

    birthplace of Frederick II, Duke of Svevia and the musician G.B. Pergolesi, Jesi has a historic centre which is certainly worth a visit, with its medieval quarters, aristocratic palazzi and splendid churches.
  • Osimo

    apart from its historic past, reflected in the beautiful, imposing palazzi and churches in its historic centre, Osimo also includes the fascinating underground city, with its caves and tunnels carved into the sandstone by hand; a place with an atmosphere all its own.
  • Montecarotto

    the main centre of production of the famous Verdicchio white wine, celebrated in July every year at the Verdicchio Festival.
  • Arcevia

    with its wonderful mountain view, it stands on a rocky spur which dominates the upper Misa valley and is a hill town of great beauty, also known famous for the nine “Roccacontrada Castles” nearby, including the picturesque fortified villages of Palazzo, Piticchio, Loretello, Nidastore and Avacelli.
  • Serra San Quirico

    a town built on a rocky ridge, with a perfectly conserved historic centre containing the ancient abbey of Sant’Elena and the Chiesa di Santa Lucia (Church of Saint Lucy). It is also home to the headquarters of the Gola della Rossa e di Frasassi Regional Park.
  • Genga

    also in the Park, this town is well known for the Romanesque Abbey of San Vittore delle Chiuse and the very famous, extraordinarily beautiful Frasassi Caves, one of Europe’s best known karst cave systems.
  • Sassoferrato

    near to the Roman town of Sentinum, now a Regional Archaeological Park and the Rocca di Albornoz castle, which dates from 1365. It consists of a high part, known as the Castello (Castle) and a lower part, known as the Borgo (town), an arrangement common in towns of medieval origin.
  • Fabriano

    birthplace of Gentile da Fabriano, it is home to the famous Museo della Carta e della Filigrana (Museum of Paper and Watermarks), where visitors can see how paper was once made by hand.

Other delightful villages well worth a visit include Cupramontana, the Verdicchio capital, together with Matelica, Monteroberto, Maiolati Spontini and Castelbellino.

We are customers for the past four years. Every season it confirms and strengthens our appreciation towards the Paialunga family that runs the hotel. Hospitality, accuracy and precision are the characteristics that distinguish them. The cleanliness and service are great. Girls this year room staff were of a gentleness and extreme professionalism.
Marianiin4 13-09-2015 - 20:48
Great website! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more.
Smithk199 29-04-2015 - 10:23
“Summer is ending and a(nother) year (spent at the Tritone) is drawing to its close.” Once again, this year we spent a week’s holiday with our family at the Hotel Tritone in Senigallia. After seven years of coming here without a break, we can really say we’ve chosen this excellent hotel as “our” home by the sea. Definitely so, because we feel at home every year, thanks above all to the family that’s been managing the hotel for so long (centuries, isn’t it, Maria Teresa?); they and their staff put you at your ease at once to ensure you have a great holiday. Don’t worry Silvia, I won’t forget to praise the spacious rooms, always clean, the excellent, varied cuisine (and in view of my size I’m quite a connoisseur) and the sumptuous breakfasts that awaits the guests every morning. And then the beach right outside the hotel, the bus passes provided free of charge by the management, the new bikes for clients’ use (but you have to pedal for yourself!). That’s enough; I feel as if I’m being sponsored by the Senigallia tourist board! But I’m not joking; it’s a great hotel and the people who run it are fantastic (we now look on them as friends); you can count on it for an ideal holiday. I advise you to try it, you won’t regret it.
FerraniaSV 25-03-2015 - 10:42
“I’ve seen the Madonnina” On holiday in Senigallia with our family this year as usual, we happened to book at the La Madonnina Country House, under the same ownership as the Hotel Tritone, our usual holiday location. What a pleasant discovery, a typical Marches region farmhouse, renovated as holiday accommodation, with just a few rooms tastefully furnished and with every amenity. But what really strikes you is the place, a green “sea” of spectacular natural surroundings with stunning views, especially in the morning and at sunset. It’s difficult to believe that this peaceful, tranquil place is just a few kilometres from the seafront (of the blue sea, of course). Try sitting under the large porch on the main front of the building and see if I’m not right. By the way, lunch and dinner are at the hotel in Senigallia, but I assure you that you’ll be happy to live on sandwiches just to stay in your chair on the porch. Stayed in August 2014, travelling with family
FerraniaSV 25-03-2015 - 10:42
“La Madonnina Country House” This year my holidays were transformed into holidays ‘50s style. I stayed at the La Madonnina Country House, which belongs to the Hotel Tritone (the owner is the same). We loved it, beautiful location because it’s in the hills, delightful staff, not to mention the owners, who were always ready to help and very kind, I’d never come across anyone like them before. It was definitely one of the best holidays ever! Absolutely recommended! Stayed in August 2013, travelling with friends
Fiore1985 25-03-2015 - 10:43
This year is already the third time I’ve spent my holidays at the Hotel Tritone in Senigallia with my granddaughter, just under four years old.I’ve booked for June and September and probably I’ll be there for a short stay in August for the event celebrating the 50s and 60s.Why do I keep coming back? easily said: clean, comfortable room even for three, with large sea-view balcony (I book well in advance so I can choose the room), excellent cuisine thanks to the fantastic Gabriele, very generous and not over-rich, very accommodating with regard to children’s demands, and they certainly have plenty, waiters polite, kind and competent and the owners Maria Teresa and Silvia very kind and helpful, finally, an important factor for us old people and small children, a quiet place, at just the right distance from the town centre and all its bustle.So, why change!!!! see you in June (Source TripAdivsor)
Angelo Vito S 25-03-2015 - 10:43
I wanted to spend a couple of days at the seaside to relax a little, but I didn’t know where to go, I looked on the Internet and chose this Hotel Tritone at Senigallia. I must say I found a hotel just the way I wanted it, comfortable, very close to the beach, friendly, clean and very kindly and cordial staff.They really made me feel at home.The breakfast, lunch and dinner, always varied, cooked with delicious flavours and plentiful (even too much so for those wanting to stick to a diet), available free of charge: shady, safe parking, bicycles, bus tickets, so you could visit the entire area if you wanted.The beach just outside the hotel, with loungers, umbrellas and all beach services, all included in the hotel rates. I had some wonderful walks along the shore, really on velvet sand, very clean and tidy, splendid sea, I think I’ll be back and I’m happy to recommend it.Thank you in particular to the owners, the waitresses and the excellent chef.There was a little noise in the night from the trains, but we need them to get around.A pity I only stayed two days. I’ll be back next year. (Source TripAdvisor)
Alba M 25-03-2015 - 10:43