This lovely and bustling town with its air of sophistication lies among the hills and vineyards of the region and a gem to wander around its historic centre and take in those views
The beautiful Medieval city of Jesi rises from a ridge amongst the rolling plains and vineyards to the west of Ancona. Towering above the surrounding countryside, its impressive fortified city walls and towers surround a compact and sophisticated historical centre. Wander the narrow streets and impressive squares of this mainly pedestrianised town discovering art galleries, cathedrals and historical buildings as well as enjoying one of the many restaurants and bars on offer.
What to do
First head to Fredrick II Square, Jesi's oldest and largest square and home to many of its most important buildings. You will also find some boutique shops, restaurants and cafes as well as being home to a lively street market every Wednesday and Sunday.
On one side of the square stands the impressive Federico II museum, a fascinating interactive museum covering the life and achievements of Fredrick II, the Emperor of the Roman Empire who was born in the square.
Next, located in Piazza Pianetti, lies the Pinacoteca art gallery. Home to many beautiful frescos as well as an extensive collection of works by the artist Lorenzo Lotto amongst others. This is a beautiful building and gallery, home to some very important pieces, even a Rubens.
An evening Passagiata is a must in Jesi. It seems as if the whole town comes out for this special time of day, filling the cafes and restaurants. Join the locals, grab a table on the piazza and enjoy the special atmosphere of this beautiful city as you watch the parade.
Where to eat
For fine dining in the historical centre of Jesi, head to Hostaria Dietro le Quinte. Serving contemporary Italian dishes using quality ingredients and with impeccable service, this is one of the finest restaurants in Jesi. Enjoy the outside garden area which offers spectacular views.
For sophisticated seafood try Mare-Mare cucina di Pesce. Offering a simple yet stylish interior, the seafood really is the star of the show. Expect inventive combinations as well as artistic presentation, delicious deserts as well as an extensive selection of local wines.
For a traditional lunch head to Trattoria Antonietta. This long established local restaurant has remained unchanged in years, but still serves the best homemade pasta in town. Simple Italian fare using the best ingredients and a great wine list. Book ahead as this small restaurant is extremely popular.
For excellent pizzas at reasonable prices head to Settimo Cielo. An absolute favourite with locals, enjoy perfect pizzas served in a casual atmosphere.
How to get there
The nearest airport is located at Marche/Ancona, just 19km out of Jesi and served by regular Easyjet and Ryanair flights from the UK. The next nearest airports are located at Umbria - Perugia (98km)and Abruzzo (192km) and Bologna (222km)
Jesi is well served by a local train station offering direct trains from the airport. It also offers an extensive service to local surrounding towns as well as all the major Italian cities.
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