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Pergola is a charming village located in the province of Pesaro and Urbino in the Marche region. Despite its relatively small size, it offers a rich history, culture, and natural beauty. In fact, it is no coincidence that it is part of the prestigious club of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. Here are some attractions to visit in Pergola.
Museum of Gilded Bronzes in Pergola
The town’s most famous attraction is likely the Museum of the Gilded Bronzes. It houses an extraordinary collection of gilded bronzes dating back to Roman times. Among the most famous pieces, there is a golden quadriga and a one-of-a-kind chariot pulled by four horses. The museum offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the history and art of ancient Rome.
Visit the museum’s official website for more information.
City of a Hundred Churches
Each church in Pergola is rich in works of art that testify to the city’s significant role in past centuries, both from an economic, political, and religious point of view.
One of the oldest churches is San Giacomo, dating back to the 13th century, which has recently been restored together with the former Augustinian convent, which has now become the Museum Operations Centre.
Equally interesting is the church of San Francesco, which has a beautiful fourteenth-century portal with a pointed arch. The Duomo, originally an Augustinian church, has a late Baroque-style interior and a nineteenth-century façade. Many other churches in the city boast Baroque interiors, such as Santa Maria Assunta, the church of the Three Wise Men, Sant’Andrea and the church of the Tinte, which features a Greek cross and a graceful eighteenth-century-style octagonal dome.
Among the civic buildings, the Town Hall stands out for its architecture, built according to the design of Gianfrancesco Buonamici after 1750. Walking through Pergola means immersing yourself in history through these extraordinary places of worship and architecture, which tell the rich and complex history of the city over the centuries.
Piazza IV Novembre
The heart of the historic center of Pergola, this square is surrounded by historic buildings and offers an authentic atmosphere. It is the ideal place for walking, shopping and enjoying local cuisine in the surrounding restaurants.
The Monte Catria Nature Park
If you are a nature lover, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Monte Catria Natural Park, near Pergola. It offers hiking trails, scenic spots and the chance to come into contact with local flora and fauna.
Local Culture and Food & Wine
Pergola hosts the Animavì Festival in July, a cultural event that attracts poets and poetry enthusiasts from across the country. If you visit the city during this period, you will be able to enjoy performances, readings and literary encounters.
Take advantage of your visit to taste the local flavors of the Marche. The meat dishes, local cheeses and wines from the region are all musts. We have compiled a list of dishes you really need to try.
Focaccia Sfogliata: a sort of thin, flaky bread that you can eat with cheese or cured meats. Truffle tagliatelle: fresh pasta with local truffles. Ascolana olives: a Marche specialty that cannot be missed! Green olives filled with meat and deep fried. Fish soup: a soup with various types of fish and shellfish, often served with garlic toast. Another first course from the Marche region similar to lasagna, Vincisgrassi becomes a first and second course with its abundant filling of meat and bechamel sauce.
Rest assured that this is just a brief overview of the many attractions in Pergola!
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