Senigallia, the Velvet Beach and Much More

When it comes to Senigallia, two images are immediately put together: that of the “Velvet Beach” and that of the “Rotonda sul mare”, which inspired the singer Fred Bongusto with a cult song from the 60s. La Rotonda a mare it is an imposing seaside structure overlooking the sea of Senigallia and was designed by the architect Vincenzo Ghinelli who in the immediate post-war period designed this building on stilts. It became the symbol of social life and musical entertainment during the 1960s thanks to the artistic and cultural vitality of the city. A point of reference and aggregation that still seduces today as in the past.

The Rotonda a Mare on the sea of Senigallia

Every year in Senigallia the Night of the Rotonda is organized, a party for the “birthday” of the Rotonda a Mare with shows and celebrations from sunset until sunrise. During the festival, magnificent baroque fires are organized on the sea, many shows, music and shops open on the seafront and in the historic center to entertain the thousands of citizens and tourists visiting for the occasion.

Fireworks show on the Rotonda a Mare

Senigallia remains a top destination for carefree holidays between sun, sea, good food, romantic evenings and a pinch of culture, which never hurts. Here the atmosphere is decidedly soft, just like the sand of the mythical “velvet beach”, famous all over the world for its fine sand.

Panoramic view of Senigallia beach

Thirteen kilometers of beach on which the coveted Blue Flag flies, a guarantee of water quality and virtuous environmental management.

More than one hundred accommodation facilities are available to guests including hotels and campsites. And then, bathing establishments, bars, restaurants, pizzerias, discos.

The summer stay in Senigallia is the ideal opportunity to practice swimming, windsurfing, beach volleyball, water skiing. For sports lovers the opportunity to choose between tennis, horseback riding, bowling, petanque, table tennis, football, basketball, skating.

In addition to the sea, Senigallia also offers a delightful historical center to its visitors, immediately close to the beaches and therefore easily accessible on foot or by bicycle.

In Piazza del Duca you can visit the Palazzo del Duca and Palazzetto Baviera in all their splendor.

The elliptical square of the “Foro Annonario” in the city centre

From here you shall reach the Rocca Roveresca, with its fascinating pier that connects it to the square in front. A castle inside the city now home to exhibitions and cultural events.

The Roveresca fortress and Piazza del Duca

And again, the characteristic Portici Ercolani, which line the right bank of the Misa with a suggestive sequence of one hundred and twenty-six arches in Istrian stone.

Do not miss the sunset in the company of the Little Mermaid, better known as the Penelope of Senigallia, or the statue of Gianni Guerra who since 2004 “watches over” the Senigallian pier.

Penelope, Senigallia’s mermaid

Senigallia is also a set of flavors and aromas that reflect the ancient Marche cooking tradition. Genuine, simple dishes, which are combined with the high quality of blue fish and typical of the hinterland. Among these: the renowned “Senigallian brodetto”, grilled and mixed fried fish from the Adriatic, as well as roast goose or porchetta, which are just some of the flavors to be discovered accompanied by wines capable of conquering the most refined palates: Verdicchio di Jesi, Bianchello del Metauro, or reds such as Lacrima di Morro d’Alba and Rosso Conero.

In short, Senigallia is a destination that offers a complete and unforgettable holiday!

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