Province of Pesaro and Urbino

Province of Pesaro e Urbino

Map highlighting the location of the province of Pesaro e Urbino in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Marche
Capital(s) Pesaro
Comuni 60
  President Daniele Tagliolini (PD)
  Total 2,564.21 km2 (990.05 sq mi)
Population (2009-7-31)
  Total 364,896
  Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Telephone prefix

0721 Pesaro

0722 Urbino
Vehicle registration PU
Map of the province
Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Val d'Abisso at Piobbico.

The Province of Pesaro and Urbino (Italian: Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, pronounced [proˈvintʃa di ˈpeːzaro e urˈbiːno]) is a province in the Marche region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Pesaro. It also borders the state of San Marino. The province is surrounded by San Marino and Emilia Romagna in the north, Umbria and Tuscany in the west, Ancona in the south and the Adriatic Sea on the east.[1] The province is also known as "Riviera of Hills". It is mostly covered by hills and is popular for its beaches. The Ceramics museum and the Biblioteca Oliveriana are located in the capital city.[2] The County Council is based in Pesaro while the headquarters of the provincial administration are in Urbino. The coat of arms of the province consists of a shield divided into two parts, each part is given the coat of arms of the two capitals. It has a robust economy with low unemployment, based on craft and small and medium industries, agriculture, tourism, resorts and cultural center. It has a very low per capita energy consumption. The art and craft industry contributes to 22% of the province's GDP.[3] Tourism in the province plays a primary role in the local economy, the main attractions are the sea and the Apennines. The beaches of Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano and Marotta are the most famous ones.[4]

Just outside Pesaro, in the little hamlet of Santa Venerada, close by the chapel Chiostro di Santo Gaetano[5] is the Lucus Pisaurensis, the Sacred Grove of Pisaurum, ancient Pesaro.


Early Roman History

Earliest sources of reference indicate a pre-Estruscan settlement in Pesaro. The city was founded as Pisaurum[6] by the Romans in 184 BC as a colony of the Picentes, an early Italic people who lived on the northeast coast of Italy during the Iron Age.[7] However, in 1737, 13 ancient votive stones were unearthed in a local Pesaro farm field, each bearing the inscription of a semone[8] or Roman god; these were written in a pre-Estrucan script, indicating a much earlier occupation of the area[9] than the 184 BC Picentes colony.

Recent History

After the referendum of 2006, seven municipalities of Montefeltro were detached from the Province to join the Province of Rimini (Emilia-Romagna) on 15 August 2009.[10][11] The municipalities are Casteldelci, Maiolo, Novafeltria, Pennabilli, San Leo, Sant'Agata Feltria and Talamello.


It has an area of 2,564 square kilometres (990 sq mi) and a total population of 364,896 (2010). There are 67 comunes (Italian: comuni) in the province.[1]

As for May 31, 2005, the main comuni by population are:

Commune Population
Pesaro 91,977
Fano 62,106
Urbino 15,377
Mondolfo 11,504
Fossombrone 9,687
Cagli 8,975
Fermignano 8,155
Sant'Angelo in Lizzola 7,709
Cartoceto 7,105
Novafeltria[12] 6,978
Pergola 6,828
Urbania 6,780
Tavullia 6,032
Montelabbate 5,917
Saltara 5,705
Colbordolo 5,680
Gabicce Mare 5,639
Lunano 1,232


  1. 1 2 Roy Palmer Domenico (2002). The Regions of Italy: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 217. ISBN 978-0-313-30733-1.
  2. "Pesaro and Urbino". Italia. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  3. "Economy and Statistics" (PDF). Circumlavorando (in Italian). Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  4. "Pesaro e Ancona le sole province marchigiane al 100% balneabili" [Pesaro and Ancona province of the Marche sun bathing at 100%]. Il Resto del Carlino (in Italian). 24 June 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  5. St. Gaetano Chapel
  6. etymology - pi (π), plural, and aurum, reflecting gold, ref.
  7. Giacomo Devoto, Gli antichi Italici, Firenze, Vallecchi, 1931
  8. An Intermediate Greek-Roman Lexicon, semone
  9. History of Pesaro,
  10. (Italian) Article about the legislation
  11. (Italian) Article on "il Resto del Carlino"
  12. From 2009 part of the Province of Rimini

Coordinates: 43°54′36.54″N 12°54′47.88″E / 43.9101500°N 12.9133000°E / 43.9101500; 12.9133000

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