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Villa Imperiale

Strada dei Cipressi, 63 | Colle San Bartolo, 61121, Pesaro, Italy
+39 338 2629372
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Difficult to schedule but worth it

The villa, barely outside urban Pesaro in Parco San Bartolo, is accessible only at 4 pm on... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2016
Richard B
Peek at regional nobility

The Allboni family has held this villa for centuries and allows groups to tour it once a week on... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
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The Villa Imperiale is located just a few kilometres from Pesaro, immersed in the Colle San Bartolo Park, which safeguards its original relationship with nature. In the fifteenth century, it was the residence of the Sforza family and was expanded and painted with frescos at the behest of the Della Rovere dukes in the sixteenth century by the Urbino architect Girolamo Genga. Its glories diminished extensively from 1631 until the nineteenth century, when the villa passed into the hands of the Albani and the Castelbarco families. The ancient splendour of the Della Rovere residence was only restored when the new owners began to care for and renovate it. The Villa Imperiale is only open to the public in summer, from June to September, every Wednesday, and by reservation only. Visits are guided by Isairon, a tour guide association from the province of Pesaro and Urbino.
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Strada dei Cipressi, 63 | Colle San Bartolo, 61121, Pesaro, Italy
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

The villa, barely outside urban Pesaro in Parco San Bartolo, is accessible only at 4 pm on Thursdays with prior appointment via the approved guide service. Check on line, email response is prompt. For the price of admission they will bus you in from Pesaro...More

1  Thank Richard B
Reviewed 31 August 2016

The Allboni family has held this villa for centuries and allows groups to tour it once a week on Wednesday afternoons. We had to email them to register and then meet a bus at the Pomodoro in Pesaro. It was quite a crowd that met...More

Thank Robert2835
Reviewed 23 August 2015

It is a pitty, that this private castle is visitable only, by appointment, it means, once a week the Tourist Office of Pesaro organise a bus to the castle. There is "nothing special" just 9 wonderful hall, full of beautiful frescos. And on the top...More

Thank 545medva
Reviewed 1 August 2014

After visiting the villa recently I couldn't understand why I had never heard of it before. Absolutely wonderful with superb frescoes. The position of the villa, just outside Pesaro, on the hill side ,offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The opening times are very...More

7  Thank alison194760
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Before you visit the charms afforded by the villa,there is a must-do drive along the inner road to reach Pesaro. The impressive views and marvellous landscape are captured in a 25 km downhill, bending road,which is worth the effort. In this way we discovered the...More

3  Thank Eli B
Reviewed 17 July 2013

A lovely villa located on the outskirts of Pesaro. This is still a private residence- to visit one needs to make reservations at the tourist information bureau located at " piazza Della Liberta". Tours are only available on Wednesday and cost $12.00euros (includes the bus...More

3  Thank explorer044
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