Welcome to Pesaro
Look beyond the concrete high-rise hotels and the crowds of bronzed holidaymakers jostling for towel space on the beach in August, and you'll find a lot to like about Pesaro. The town's setting is perfect, with beaches of fine golden sand fringing the Adriatic, a backdrop of undulating hills, and a pretty old town centred on the cafe-rimmed Piazza del Popolo, where the Renaissance Palazzo Ducale stands proud. The... Read More
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Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
Board your luxury speedboat in central Venice, and cruise along the Grand Canal. As you relax, either inside the boat or out on deck, your guide drives and talks about the sights that line your route. Pop on your headphones so you catch all the commentary, no matter where you are. Hear the history of Venice’s big-name sights as you pass them on the water, from St Mark’s Square to Doge’s Palace and several beautiful crossings including the Bridge of Sighs, Accademia Bridge and Rialto Bridge. The banks of the famous water-filled boulevard are flanked by Venetian palazzos and churches. Have your camera ready to capture the most interesting examples such as Cà d’Oro, Cà Pesaro, Salute Church and the magnificent Madonna dell’Orto Church.As the sights of the Grand Canal slip behind you, make a stop at the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and stop to explore its namesake basilica. Admire the church’s interior, and then climb the bell tower — or take the elevator — to see vistas of Venice and the dome of St Mark’s Basilica. Return to your boat, and listen to more stories about the city as you cruise back to the central Venice. Step back onto dry land near Doge’s Palace, and bid your guide goodbye.
Sforza Family Tour in Milan
Rising from rural nobility, the Sforzas became condottieri and used this military position to become rulers in Milan. The family governed by force, ruse, and power politics, similar to the Medici in Florence. Under their rule the city-state flourished and expanded.Muzio Attendolo (1369–1424), called Sforza (from sforzare, to exert or force), founded the dynasty. A condottiero from Romagna, he served the Angevin kings of Naples and became the most successful dynasty of the condottieri. His son Francesco I Sforza ruled Milan, having acquired the title of Duke of Milan (1450-1466) after the extinction of the Visconti family in 1447. The family also held the seigniory of Pesaro, starting from Muzio Attendolo's second son,Alessandro (1409–1473). The Sforza held Pesaro until 1519, with the death of Galeazzo.Muzio's third son, Bosio (1411–1476), founded the branch of Santa Fiora, who held the title of count of Cotignola; the Sforza ruled the small county of Santa Fiora in southern Tuscanyuntil 1624. Members of this family also held important ecclesiastical and political position in the Papal States, and moved to Rome in 1674, taking the name Sforza Cesarini. The Sforza became allied with the Borgia family through the arranged marriage (1493-1497) between Lucrezia Borgia and Giovanni (the illegitimate son of Costanzo I of Pesaro).This alliance failed as the Borgia annulled the marriage once the Sforza's were no longer needed. In 1499, in the course of the Italian Wars, the army of Louis XII of France took Milan from Ludovico Sforza (known as Ludovico il Moro, famous for taking Leonardo da Vinci into his service). After Imperial German troops drove out the French, Maximilian Sforza, son of Ludovico, became Duke of Milan (1512-1515) until the French returned under Francis I of Franceand imprisoned him.