The old town dates from the sixteenth century and was built around the Rocca Costanza while the seafront dates back to the early nineteenth century and has a grid-like formation. The composer Gioacchino Rossini was born here on 29 February 1792; his home is now a museum.


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The Ducal Palace (second half of the 15th century)
Built by Alessandro Sforza. The façade has a portico with six arcades supported by six heavy pilasters and an upper floor with five windows crowned by coats of arms, festoons and puttoes.

The Romanesque Cathedral (5th century)
Built over remains of a late Roman edifice and dedicated to St. Terence during the Middle Ages. The façade, in Romanesque-Gothic style, is unfinished: it has a simple ogival portal surmounted by a band of small archs. A recent restoration has brought to light a precious set of floor mosaics.

The Rocca Costanza (Castle), built in the 15th century
The massive Castle was built by Costanzo I Sforza and later for a time used as prison. It has a square plan with four cylindrical corner towers and a wide dry moat.

The birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini, located at 34 Via Rossini
It has a museum dedicated to the composer, with manifestoes, prints, portraits and his spinet.


The Villa Imperiale (1530 onwards)
Designed by Girolamo Genga for Duke Francesco Maria Della Rovere and his duchess Eleanora. It stands atop the San Bartolo hill. Its sunken court is the direct precedent for the more famous Villa Giulia in Rome, and its rooms are decorated by renowned artists, including Bronzino,

The Church of St. Augustine
With a splendid Gothic portal from 1413

The Town Museum
It houses the noteworthy Pesaro Altarpiece by Giambellino.

The Oliveriani Museum
It is home to several interesting archaeological findings.