Jesi is the main town of the Vallesina (the Esino Valley), which follows the middle course of the Esino river from Serra San Quirico to the river’s mouth at Rocca Priora, near Falconara Marittima.
The town, which was the birthplace of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia and the musician Giambattista Pergolesi, has one of the best-preserved fortified city walls of the Marche Region, equipped with gates, square polygonal and cylindrical towers and fortification curtains and crowned by corbels. in Piazza Federico II (Federico II Square) the Palazzo della Signoria, designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini in an elegant Renaissance style, accommodates the Planettiana Library and the municipal historical Archives. The TeatroPergolesi, built between 1791 and 1796, dominates the Piazza della Repubblica. Palazzo Pianetti (XVIII century) is located in Via XV Settembre and houses the municipal Art Gallery, which contains masterpieces by Lorenzo Lotto as well as the magnificent gallery with rococo plaster works.
The distinguishing feature of the Vallesina area is the series of historic villages spread over the hills, surrounded by walls and rich in museums and culture in general. These are the so-called “Castelli di Jesi” (Castles of Jesi): Belvedere Ostrense, Castelbellino, Castelplanio, Cupramontana, Majolati Spontini, Mergo, Monsano, Montecarotto, Monte Roberto, Morro D’Alba, Poggio San Marcello, Rosora, San Marcello, San Paolo di Jesi, Santa Maria Nuova, Serra dei Conti, Serra San Quirico, Staffolo.
This area is well-known for the Verdicchio of the Castelli di Jesi, one of Italy’s main indigenous grape species. Verdicchio Wine is one of the most famous, traditional DOC wines of the Marche Region. The Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Riserva carries the DOCG label. Among the best-known red wines is the DOC Lacrima di Morro D’Alba, produced in the area of Morro d’Alba.
And precisely the hills covered with vineyards to welcome the visitor who begins his journey in these places. The centuries passing by and the changes in taste slightly affected this original structure through the rationalisation of the architectonic spaces of Renaissance squares, Baroque churches, aristocratic palaces and 18th-century theatres. A territory to be tasted in every way!