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  • Writer's pictureMicaela Giacobbe

PART 2 of Behind the Scenes: Crafting Italy's Luxury Event in the Capital of Culture 2024

The second day started bright and early as we were meeting with the Direttore Generale di Pesaro, Dott. Straccini, in the beautiful Palazzo Gradari, which was built in 1599 by the architect Guidubaldo Del Monte. Can you imagine coming to work in a room with colourful and detailed frescoes? I would skip to work every day.

It has a lovely courtyard below where you can eat, and beautiful corridors where it would be a real treat to have some meetings amid beauty.

Even though we had been there for a day already, we hadn't ventured into the Centro Storico! However, that was taken care of by Michela and Karolina who took us on a culture-rich journey through time. We started at the Sonosfera which is David Monacchi's project that studies the soundscapes of equatorial primary forests recorded by Monacchi during his expeditions around the planet.

One venue that we LOVED as a setting for some meetings was the Museo Nazionale Rossini. As soon as you walk in, the rooms are bursting with colour and lots of historical artefacts. Towards the end of the tour, there was an entire section dedicated to his theatre plays, next to each description of the day there were miniature models of the stage with some of the original outfits used in the plays next to them.

Our next location was in the heart of Pesaro, the Palazzo Perticari. This palazzo boasts a stunning Renaissance-style architecture, typical of many buildings in Italy from that period. It features elegant facades, arched windows, intricate detailing, and possibly a central courtyard or garden. As we ventured the rooms got more and more full of beautiful artwork and library shelves filled to the brim. This Palazzo isn't open to the public so being able to have meetings here would be spectacular.

Teatro Rossini was our next stop. It is an "Italian-style" theatre, built in 1637 as the Teatro del Sole, rebuilt in 1818 in its current guise and inaugurated by Gioachino Rossini, after whom it was named in 1855. The last restoration dates back to 2002. It has 800 seats between boxes and stalls. As we explored, someone was auditioning, so beautiful melodies filled our ears as we imagined being able to network in such a historical venue.

We finally ended the activity-filled day at the house where Rossini was born and lived for a short period, which was fully renovated in 2015. This has allowed the public to roam the bottom floor which was turned into an exclusive floor. When we went upstairs, we were quite surprised because Rossini and his family only had two rooms to live in... The biggest surprise with a gourmet degustation that was laid out in front of us! We ate chocolate, some mortadella with bread, some caciotta and a truffle pate... delicious.

The whole Journeys team are thrilled to be putting together this programme, we have so many ideas! See you in Pesaro in November.


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