Stroll through Pergola’s historic center
One of the first things I did in Pergola was to wander through its historic center. The narrow cobblestone streets, beautifully preserved medieval architecture, and warm, welcoming locals made me feel like I’d stepped back in time. Don’t forget to stop by the Church of San Francesco and admire its stunning frescoes!
Discover the world of gilded bronzes at the Museo dei Bronzi Dorati
Pergola is home to a unique archaeological treasure: the Gilded Bronzes of Cartoceto di Pergola. These extraordinary bronze equestrian statues, dating back to the 1st century BC, are the only surviving example of their kind. The museum, which houses these magnificent artifacts, offers a fascinating insight into ancient Roman culture and the history of the region.
Indulge in local flavors at the weekly market
One of my favorite things about traveling is trying new foods, and Pergola’s weekly market didn’t disappoint. Held every Saturday morning, the market is the perfect place to sample local produce, cheese, and other delectable treats. And if you’re like me and can’t resist a sweet treat, be sure to try the traditional frustingo, a delicious fruit and nut cake!
Enjoy a scenic hike in the surrounding countryside
The rolling hills and lush countryside surrounding Pergola are perfect for hiking enthusiasts. I spent a day trekking along the various trails that weave through the landscape, taking in breathtaking views and enjoying the fresh air. Don’t forget your camera – the scenery is truly Instagram-worthy!
Attend a local festival or event
Pergola hosts several festivals and events throughout the year, offering a fantastic opportunity to experience local culture and traditions. I was lucky enough to visit during the annual Sagra del Tartufo (Truffle Festival) in October, where I indulged in mouthwatering truffle-infused dishes and watched skilled truffle hunters and their dogs in action.
Conclusion: If you’re planning a trip to Italy and want to experience a lesser-known destination with a rich history and incredible scenery, look no further than Pergola. This charming town in the Marche region has so much to offer, and I can’t wait to return for more unforgettable experiences. Buon Viaggio!