Jesi is a treasure trove of history, art, and culture,
amid the hills halfway between the mountains and the Ancona coastline. The city
has ancient origins dating back to a Roman colony in 247 BC. It is the
birthplace of Frederick II of Swabia (1194), the humanist Angelo Colocci (1474) and the
composer Giovanni Pergolesi (1710). In 1969, UNESCO defined it as a model city
because it has
preserved centuries of highly appealing architectural, artistic and cultural
The old town is enclosed within a solid perimeter
wall that is among the best preserved in the entire region. It stretches for 1.5 km and encircles an
architectural complex that harmoniously incorporates buildings from different
historical periods. The entire old town is a showcase of churches, palazzos and
piazzas, alleys and stone-paved streets. Strolling through its narrow streets
is like travelling back in time...
Over the centuries, Jesi has offered hospitality to
important figures who have left their mark in terms of cultural heritage, such
as the Sienese architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini and the Venetian
Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto.
Rete Museale Urbana MJ (Musei Jesi) is a network of
museums, theatres and historic palazzos that bear witness to Jesi’s cultural
heritage through a series of visits and itineraries. You can discover the
city’s many treasures, including works by Lorenzo Lotto and the glorious
Galleria degli Stucchi in the Civic Museums at Palazzo Pianetti. Other sites in
the network include: Museo Federico II located in the very square where the
Emperor of Swabia was born; the magnificent 19th-century apartments of the
marquises of the House of Colocci; the Fondi Antichi rooms of Palazzo della
Signoria; the Pergolesi and Spontini Rooms at the Teatro Pergolesi; the Printing
Museum; the Exhibition Rooms in Palazzo Bisaccioni; the Diocesan Museum.
Jesi’s rich historic and cultural heritage, and
excellent food and wine tradition make the city a multidimensional destination
with something to offer every visitor.