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Pesaro: Italian Capital of Culture 2024

Pesaro: Italian Capital of Culture 2024


The Italian Ministry of Culture has designated Pesaro the Italian Capital of Culture for 2024. An incredible honor, this award, and the projects it generates will benefit citizens and visitors for generations to come.  Those who know the Pesaro region can list many reasons for this award.


Bicycle-friendly paths, sunny beaches, and panoramic views from San Bartolo Park are just some of Pesaro’s highlights, but finding those rich historical and cultural attractions make Pesaro a place to be. Located in the Marche Region on the Adriatic Sea, the surrounding hillsides provide a rich combination of gastronomic delights that include truffles, local game, and cheeses. Add to this Pesaro’s commitment to sustainable development, preservation of natural and cultural resources, and the birthplace of the Rossini Opera Festival and the Pesaro International Film Festival. Pesaro was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2017. As a key component to this designation and the Capital of Culture honor, the Rossini Opera Festival has created multiple projects that strengthen cultural enrichment and education, and international cultural exchange.


According to the Italian ministry of culture, the reasons for naming Pesaro an Italian Capital of Culture were many. All 50 municipalities in the region participated in the application process, including cultural and historical associations, and the Rossini Opera Festival. The application demonstrated Pesaro’s dedication to using culture as a tool for economic development and collaboration, a focus on opportunities for current and future generations of Pesaro artists and residents, and its commitment to the “relationship between art, environment and technology with urban regeneration, green economy and social happiness.”


Upon receiving this honor, the Mayor of Pesaro dedicated the victory to the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, another UNESCO Creative City of Music. Upon hearing this, Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, stated, “the gesture with which the mayor of Pesaro dedicated the victory to the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv is very beautiful. Truly a very symbolic and very strong gesture that confirms how much culture unites and is an instrument of peace.”


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Jennie Olson Six

Cultural Italy Staff Writer