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.