Candelara is a small village in the municipality of Pesaro, in the Marche Region, where mountains and hills gently slope down to the Adriatic Sea in a striking geographical landscape rich in history, culture and art.

It is 7 km far from Pesaro, 180 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by valleys and forests of oak trees, bush, vines, olive trees. Candelara  offers a view that sweeps from the Adriatic Sea to the Apennines, with the mountains Catria, Nerone and Carpegna.

Candelara was inhabited in prehistoric times, then in Roman times. The settlement of Pieve Santo Stefano was founded between the seventh and eighth century, then the fortified town with the still visible walls and towers. In 1176 the Emperor Barbarossa took refuge there as a guest of the Bishop of Pesaro, after the battle of Legnano.

Candelara was dominated by the Malatesta, Lords of Rimini, until 1445 when they were defeated by troops of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the command of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino.

The Latin word “Candelaria” is probably linked, according to the historian Luigi Michelini Tocci, to “festum candelarum, that is a light source, a fire, a lighthouse”.

The name of Candelara thus derives from the candles that have become nearly two centuries the country’s coat of arms.

The event Candele a Candelara came in 2016 to the thirteenth edition, is the first Italian Christmas market devoted to the candles and confirms its growing success prolonging for the fourth consecutive year the initiative in three weekends, for a total of 8 days events.

Thousands of visitors from all over Italy come to admire the impressive and colorful festival dedicated to candles, with its unique atmosphere.
Candele a Candelara take place from November 26 to December 11 (in the days of Saturday 26 and Sunday, November 27th. And again on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Thursday 8, Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 at the Immaculate Conception) in the ancient medieval village in the hills surrounding Pesaro, where every night the artificial light is switched off to make way for thousands of lit flames. A unique and charming thanks to two 15-minute electric lighting programmed shutdowns each (at 5:30pm and 6:30pm).
For half an hour every afternoon during the event, Candelara is fully illuminated by the warm light of the candles.

The opening hours of the event is from 10am to 9pm. At the end of the charming appointment bright balloons will be released on the sky above the old village.
In this edition the festival lights up with new and exciting shows and events.


juan diego florez


Juan Diego Florez is born in 1973 in Lima, Peru, where he began his musical studies continued later at the Curtis Institute of Music of Philadelphia.

We are particularly close to this extraordinary artist because the debut of his career with “Matilde di Shabran” took place right in Pesaro, at the Rossini Opera Festival, to which he takes part every year since 1996.

In Summer 1996 Juan Diego was already in Pesaro, trying the “Ricciardo and Zoraida” at the Rossini Opera Festival. Shortly before the opening of the Festival, the tenor of the Opera “Matilde di Shabran”, who played the role of Corradino, canceled his attendance due to illness. It’s easy to imagine the embarrassment of the organizers of the Festival, which now had to look for a replacement capable of supporting the difficult role in a strange opera, and just a few days before the debut. The Artistic Director Luigi Ferrari decided to give the role to the young Juan Diego Florez, that was only 23 years old. The tenor wanted to immediately accept the offer but, showing great professionalism, asked Ferrari a few hours over lunch to watch the score in order to decide whether to accept or not. Juan Diego, after seeing the first pages Juan Diego went to Ferrari and accepted the offer.

Everybody had to work hardly to prepare Juan Diego in such a short time. The young tenor proved scenes without even knowing the music, and at the end of those febrile days the debut came on 13 August 1996. The success was huge!

Since that time, several theaters of the world were interested on the young tenor. Among them the temple of Opera: Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Juan Diego made his debut at La Scala on December 7, 1996, the traditional date of the inauguration of the season, under the direction of the Maestro Riccardo Muti.

Juan Diego visited La Scala as a tourist a few months before and, contemplating the splendid hall, said: “Here I’ll sing in ten years.” He didn’t know that ten years would be only ten months!

His repertoire includes 32 works:

I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La Sonnambula e I Puritani of Bellini; Alahor in Granata, Don Pasquale, Elisabetta, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Fille du Régiment e Maria Stuarda of Donizetti; Armide e Orfeo of Gluck; La Vedova Allegra of Lehar; Il Tutore Burlato of Martín y Soler; L’Etoile du Nord of Mayerbeer; Mitridate of Mozart; Nina ossia la Pazza per Amore of Paisiello; Gianni Schicchi of Puccini; Adelaide di Borgogna, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Le Comte Ory, L’Italiana in Algeri, Matilde di Shabran, Otello, Semiramide, Il Signor Bruschino, Il Viaggio a Reims e Zelmira of Rossini; Il Cappello di Paglia de Firenze of Rota; Fledermaus di J. Strauss; Falstaff e Rigoletto of Verdi

He collaborated with the most famous conductors of the word, as Roberto Abbado, Yves Abel, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Wun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, John Elliot Gardiner, Gianluigi Gelmetti, James Levine, Jesús López-Cobos, Michele Mariotti, Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi, Christophe Rousset, Nello Santi, Marcello Viotti, Alberto Zedda.

Juan Diego Florez maintains a close relationship with his country, he created a Foundation in Peru that targets the creation of children’s and youth orchestras and choirs. The project was inspired by the System Orquestas de Venezuela, and has as its main aim to remove children of the most vulnerable sectors of the population from various dangers: drugs, delinquency, child prostitution, etc.

rossini opera festival


From 10 to 22 August 2017 the XXXVIII edition of the Rossini Opera Festival  will take place in Pesaro.

The Rossini Opera Festival is a foundation promoted by the Municipality of Pesaro, the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pesaro, the Intesa Sanpaolo bank and the Scavolini Foundation, with the scientific collaboration of the Rossini Foundation, and is a member of Opera Europa.

The distinctive feature of the XXXVIII edition of Rossini Opera Festival  will be a strong directorial imprint.

The famous Catalan group La Fura dels Bausafter the success in major international theaters open the Rossini Opera Festival, with Le siège de Corinthe, the first French opera by Rossini. Conducting the orchestra will be the famous baton of Maestro Roberto Abbado.

The XXXVIII edition of the Festival will see the return to Pesaro of Pier Luigi Pizzi, the historical presence of the event, in a scenically revised edition of La pietra del paragone, a work that is missing the Festival for fifteen years. The direction of the orchestra is of a big name like Daniel Rustioni.

The young festival offers Il Viaggio a Reims and a busy program of concerts, meetings and several initiatives that will complete as always the billboard, which will end with the Stabat Mater that will be video streamed live in Piazza del Popolo, the main square of the city where stands the splendid Renaissance Palazzo Ducale.


Pesaro, August 10-22 2017

Le siège de Corinthe
La pietra del paragone
Torvaldo and Dorliska

Il viaggio a Reims
Accademia Rossiniana
Belcanto concerts

Ildar Abdrazakov in concert
Stabat Mater



The language of flowers is very important and must guide you for the choice of the flowers to make up the bouquet and the decorations that will characterize your Wedding ceremony and reception reflecting, as the dress, the personality and style of the bride.

We particularly love the delicious bouquet of flowers and wild herbs, but also the classic bouquet with the inclusion of elegant ribbons and precious fabrics. The herbs of our beautiful gardens offer many ideas for bouquets, boutonnieres for the groom and his cronies ring and pretty bouquet for the bridesmaids.

language of flowers

In Italy since 1700 the language of flowers began to take on its meaning, when painters and writers combined colors, smells and images of flowers to particular behaviors or human qualities.

Unlike today, in those days was not used to express emotions, so men and women began to use the language of flowers with their beauty and their colors to express and demonstrate their thoughts and their feelings.

language of flowers

In ancient times, the brides bouquets were made with wild herbs and spices, because it was thought that the strong scent of herbs would keep away evil spirits, bad luck and ill health, and because of this the garlic and chives were very popular.

The bouquet is considered a symbol of happiness and it is said that the not yet married girl that collect the bouquet launched by the bride will marry within the year!

This information will be useful to use the language of flowers, to give a deeper meaning to the flowers you choose for decorations and the bouquet of your wedding:

Amaryllis: Stunning beauty

Aster: sincere feelings

Amaranth: Immortal Love

Carnation: Pure and deep love. Elegance.

Calla Lily: Magnificent beauty

Crocus: Happiness

Dalia: Elegance and rank

Ivy: Loyalty. Marital love

Fern: Purity

Orange blossom: Eternal Love

Camelia: Gratitude. Excellence

Daisy: Innocence. Simplicity

Nontiscordardimè: True love. Love vote

Fuchsia: Desire

Erica: Adoration. Protection

Gardenia: Joy. Sympathy

Hyacinth: Beauty

Iris: A message for you. Purity

Jasmine: Amiability

Lavender: Devotion

Verbena: Unity

Lilac: Pure emotions of love

Lily: First love. Light. Happiness

Thrush: Happiness

Mimosa: Sensitivity

Magnolia: Perseverance

Myrtle: Energy. the power of love. Devotion. Love love complete

Calendula: Sacred affection

Mint: Prosperity. good feelings

Mistletoe: Luck. Happiness

Peony: Sweetness. happy marriage

Red Rose: Love. Respect. Courage and passion

Violet: Loyalty

Veronica: Loyalty



Tourists visiting Ancona will not miss a stop at the National Archaeological Museum of the Marche.

The Cabinet of the Archaeological Commission of the Marches Monuments was established in 1860 and became the Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche in 1906.

It is located in the magnificent Palazzo Ferretti. The external facade of Palazzo Ferretti is attributed to Sangallo, and its construction began in the mid-sixteenth century.


The National Archaeological Museum of the Marche has undergone several prolonged closures, first due to World War II, when Ancona was heavily bombed by the Allies, and after the earthquake of 1972, which saw the closure for 16 years.

Now we can say that offers a rare, full and rich cultural landscape of the Marche Region.

The exhibits range from the Prehistoric to the Roman and Medieval times.


The Museum is divided into five sections, which are the Prehistoric Section (from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age), the Protohistoric Section (from the early Iron Age to the whole development of the Picena Civilization and the Gallica), the Hellenistic Section, the Roman Section, the Medieval Section and the Coin Cabinet.


Palazzo Ferretti itself also offers a wonderful guided tour through the roof terrace, the monumental staircase, the Pellegrino Tibaldi frescoes on the first floor and the Zuccari ones on the third floor, in addition to the eighteenth century frescoes.


You can complete the visit of the Museum with the Roman Forum structures, which are in front of the entrance of the building and the visit to the Roman Amphitheatre of Ancona, who along Trajan’s Arch is the most important architectural works of the Roman era in the city.

The Roman Amphitheatre in Ancona is located about 50 meters above sea level between the Guasco and Cappuccini hills, in a splendid position dominating the sea and the city.


Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche

Address: via Ferretti, 6 – Ancona 60121

Opening hours: 8.30 – 19.30

Closed: Monday, December 25th, January 1st, May 1st.

Information: Ticket Office tel. 071202602  –  Fax 071 2083233

the vitruvian man


Fano houses the Centro Studi Vitruviani, which is responsible for collecting and managing a paper and electronic database of the work of Vitruvius and its effects on the development and the culture of the Western world, for promote and disseminate the work of Vitruvius, its specific outcomes in later ages and also promote classical archeology in Fano and the Province of Pesaro and Urbino.

We now want to tell you the fascinating story of Vitruvius and his Basilica of Fano, his supreme work for “authority and magnificence” (summam dignitatem et venustatem) as described by the author himself, who claimed to have taken care of the construction (conlocavi curavique).

Unfortunately, and it looks amazing, the Basilica of Fano of Vitruvius has never been localized, but new technologies have enabled us to make a reconstruction trustworthy.


According to some researchers, despite the accurate description made of them by Vitruvius, the Basilica might even never have been built, but beyond its realization, our interest goes to the design and its interpretation.

Vitruvius lived between ’80 and 20 B.C. .. His career began in the time of Caesar, when he was responsible for war machines, then he went to the service of Octavian and ended the career at the beginning of the principality. The construction of the Basilica of Fano can be traced back to the last period of his life when, at the end of his service, occupied a position of responsibility in the Colonia Iulia Fanestris.

Vitruvius was not very famous among his contemporaries, but he met an extraordinary fame starting from  the Middle Ages.

His treatise De Architectura of 27 BC is a veritable encyclopedia of architecture and not just, as in it you can find news about materials, construction techniques, building types, hydraulic works, but also astronomical and astrological digressions, in gnomonics elements, music and mechanics .

De Architectura gave the harmony fees to Western culture, which is nothing more that the canon of beauty, which is in the perfect relationship of the parts to the whole: “the beauty born from the proportions.”

The famous drawing by Leonardo, the Vitruvian Man, is the bridge between the ancient and the modern.

Is Vitruvius that encodes the architectural orders, real grammar of classical architecture, in the forms and proportions, and his legacy fascinated and influenced many artists and architects such as Vignola, Leon Battista Alberti, Bramante, Leonardo, Raphael and Palladio.

Palladio – The Basilic of Vitruvius
Sangallo – The Basilic of Vitruvius
Viviani – The Basilic of Vitruvius


Gioacchino Rossini and Barbaja.

Every year the Rossini Opera Festival is held in the city of Pesaro, where the composer Gioacchino Rossini was born in 1792.

In 2017 the ROF is in its XXXVIII edition and attracts opera fans from all over the world.

So in August, during the ROF, our Guests are all Opera, Bel Canto and Villa Giulia lovers!

One of them is Philip Eisenbeiss, a cultured and exquisite person. Very fond of the Opera, and in particular of Gioacchino Rossini, after in-depth studies on the nineteenth-century Melodrama and Bel Canto has published a biography of Domenico Barbaja (1778-1841) with the title of “Bel Canto Bully

From coffee waiter Domenico Barbaja became one of the most powerful men of his time, thanks to an exceptional flair for musical talents and unparalleled business acumen.

Barbaja gave to the world Opera composers such as Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, and with a mixture of ruthlessness, gambling and organizational intelligence has been able to build an economic and political empire extended over all the capitals of Europe.

His story, in which mingle the Napoleonic wars, gambling, melodrama, beautiful singing and the splendor of the Italian landscape, has been solidly documented and written with great narrative taste by Philip Eisenbeiss.

“I composed the Overture of Otello in a small room of the Barbaja home, where the bald and the fiercest of that businessmen had locked me with no other thing that a plate of macaroni, and with the threat of not being able to leave the room , during life, until I had written the last note. ”

Gioachino Rossini

Philip Eisenbeiss is born in Germany and lived in Switzerland, US, Italy and the Far East. Banker and headhunter for finance who now lives in Hong Kong, is passionate about Opera, board member of the Hong Kong Opera and has conducted extensive studies of the nineteenth century Melodrama and Bel Canto.

The extraordinary contrast between the passion for Opera of Philip and his work in the super technological Hong Kong may seem stark, but it reminds us that “not by bread alone does man live” and produced this very interesting reconstruction of a life which itself is a work of art.




During your stay at Villa Giulia you cannot miss to visit the town of Senigallia, famous for the “Velvet Beach” that faces the Adriatic sea and the Rotonda a Mare, the tourist symbol of the city since 1933 and evocative meeting of the elite vacationers during the bathing season, but even more for the old town, charming and well preserved with the Hercolani porches overlooking the Misa river.

The historic center of Senigallia, with the Rocca Rovere, the Duke’s Palace Guidobaldo della Rovere, Piazza Roma with the seventeenth-century Palace of Government, the Foro Annonario (the Market square) and many other monuments of which we will talk in another article dedicated to this beautiful city that host Kokoro, the Nadia and Roberta women’s clothing shop.

Kokoro women’s clothing is a warm and welcoming shop, as the owners Nadia and Roberta, who will advise you the garments and accessories that suit you.


The philosophy of Kokoro is to never force their customers to buy and take a lot more loyalty with a sincere and friendly relationship, rather than force to purchases that, once at home, will not satisfy us.

At Kokoro women’s clothing you will find classic clothes but also sporty, never boring and affordable. Nadia and Roberta always offer goodies such as handmade bags and jewelery, all of them different from one other, with great taste.

An important detail: for any changes you may need to your purchases, Kokoro offer you an exceptionally clever seamstress! The seamstress of Nadia and Roberta is really able to make “miracles” in the changes that you feel to need for clothing that you choose, and in short time.

kokoro senigallia abbigliamento donna primavera-estate

You’ll walk out of Kokoro women’s clothing more satisfied with your purchases because Nadia and Roberta care in a particular way, indeed unique, the packaging!

kokoro senigallia abbigliamento donna

Kokoro women’s clothing located in Senigallia, via Pisacane 10/12.


Tel. +39 071 792 5141



Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Ancona has one of the largest Italian ports. Ancona is a city of art full of monuments and has more than 2.400 years of history, is one of the main economic centers of the region, as well as the main urban center in size and population.

The city is located on a bent elbow-shaped promontory, which protects the largest natural harbor of the central Adriatic. The Greeks of Syracuse, who founded the city in 387 BC, noticed the shape of this headland and for this reason called the newly founded town  “Ἀγκών – Ankon” that in Greek means elbow.


The goldsmith laboratory of Alessio Barbierato is one of the few ones which still it remains in a city that had a great tradition of goldsmiths, as underscored by the existence of the “via degli Orefici” (Goldsmiths street) and is located right in the middle of the old town of Ancona, that you cannot miss to visit!

“My intention is to create a contemporary jewelry, which expresses our “Zeitgeist” without chasing mode. A jewel must tell a story and combine the need of simplicity, typical of our time, with the fun and the need of decoration. The joy of bringing a jewel is the most important element.”


alessio barbierato

After graduating in Ancona, Alessio Barbierato spent 15 years abroad, mainly in Germany, where he had the opportunity to approach modern goldsmith attending Goldsmiths and Design schools and workshops that formed his knowledge.
He returned to Italy in ’88 and opened its “CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY” workshop in Ancona, in Via Bernabei, where he proposes his enchanting creations.

alessio barbierato

Alessio Barbierato

Via Bernabei 21 – 60121 Ancona

Tel e fax 071 – 205833 – Cell 346 3911715

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alessio barbierato



From the Villa Giulia in half an hour you reach URBINO, one of the most important towns in the Marche, indeed in Italy, with its great Italian art and architecture. Urbino was one of the most illustrious courts in Europe during the 15th century and the Duke Federico da Montefeltro’s Palace is one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance palaces, hosting  the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche with a remarkable collection of paintings.


From Urbino you head north-west to SASSOCORVARO, to admire the castle in the centr of the village, then stop to MACERATA FELTRIA to look around the Medieval part of the town. From here go to the small town of CARPEGNA, famous for a beautiful Renaissance palace and for the raw cured ham, Prosciutto di Carpegna.