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Orti Giuli

Orti Giuli

The Orti Giuli is, one of the earliest examples of a public park in Italy. The park was created  in 1827 and 1830 on the initiative of Count Francesco Cassi who financed the enterprise. It was created in honour of his cousin Giulio Perticari, an illustrious man of letters who died in 1822. The cultural and political circle created by Perticari and Cassi was the crucible of the new liberal ideas circulating in Pesaro which contributed to the Risorgimento.

In memory of his cousin, Cassi transformed the enclosed area of the ancient bastion of the Roveresque walls beside Porta Rimini into a public garden (the walls are called ‘del Carmine’). The bastions or bulwarks of the ancient city walls were a defence system of embankments reinforced with thick walls at the corners of the city walls.

The project was entrusted to Pompeo Mancini of Ferrara, who created a wooded park and a botanical garden of considerable naturalistic interest.

This arcadian garden, a meeting place for the townspeople, was in line with the neoclassical taste of the times, with groves and walks lined with statues, busts and Roman memorial stones. At the end of the main avenue at  its highest point,  in the centre of a small open space is a bust of Perticari. From here there is a fine view of the harbour, river, Colle San Bartolo and Foglia valley.

The Osservatorio Valerio (Valerio Observatory) has been in the Orti Giuli since1861.


Text based on: Giovanna Patrignani, Pesaro. La Radio storia della Città, Pesaro, Metauro Edizioni, 2008, pp. 70-71


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