Senigallia (or Sinigaglia until the beginning of the 20th century) is a comune and port town on Italy's Adriatic coast, 25 km by rail north of Ancona, in the Marche region, province of Ancona. The town is one of the most famous seaside resorts of the region, attracting tourists (mainly families) from all over Europe: especially from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The small port is formed by the lower reaches of the Misa, a river which flows through the town between embankments constructed of Istrian marble.
Senigallia, spread out along the coast at the mouth of the river Misa, was founded in the 4th century B.C. by the Gallic tribe of the Senones and became the first Roman colony on the Adriatic shore. A colony was founded there by the Romans after their victory over the Senones, rather before 280 BC: the name is probably a later Roman corruption of Senones; the addition Gallica distinguishes it from Saena (Siena) in Etruria. The place is also mentioned in connection with Hasdrubal's defeat at the Metaurus in 207 BC. It was destroyed by Pompey in 82 BC, and is not often mentioned afterwards.
Ravaged by Alaric, Senigallia was fortified by the Byzantines, and again laid waste by the Lombards in the 8th century and by the Saracens in the 9th.
It was the second easternmost of the five cities of the medieval Adriatic duchy of Pentapolis, east of Fano and west of Ancona.
Senigallia used to hold one of the largest fairs in Italy, which dated originally from 1200, when Sergius, count of Senigallia, received from the count of Marseilles, to whose daughter he was affianced, certain relics of Mary Magdalene; this fair used to be visited by merchants from France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and especially the Levant.
Senigallia was at length brought so low by the Guelph and Ghibelline wars, and especially by the severities of Guido I da Montefeltro, that it was chosen by Dante as the typical instance of a ruined city. In the 15th century it was captured and recaptured again and again by the Malatesta and their opponents. Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta of Rimini erected strong fortifications round the town in 1450-1455. The lordship of Senigallia was bestowed by Pius II on his nephew Antonio Piccolomini, but the people of the town in 1464 placed themselves anew under Pope Paul II, and Giacomo Piccolomini in 1472 failed in his attempt to seize the place. In 1503, Cesare Borgia carried out a bloody coup at Senigallia, against some of his disloyal supporters. Sixtus IV assigned the lordship to the Della Rovere family, from whom it was transferred to Lorenzo de Medici in 1516. After 1624 it formed part of the Papal State's legation (province) of Urbino.
Despite its ancient origin the city presents a modern appearance, with wide streets. Attractions include:
• Palazzo Comunale, from the 17th century.
• The Castle (Rocca Roveresca), of Gothic origin, was restored by Baccio Pontelli in 1492. It has a square plan with four large round tower.
• The Cathedral, erected after 1787.
• The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, outside the town, is one of the only two churches which he is known to have executed (the other is at Orciano near Mondavio, about 20 km to the west by road). It housed the painting of Madonna di Senigallia by Piero della Francesca.
• The Rotonda a mare.
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Noel_Byrne (31654) 2013-09-10 5:03
Excellent note on this town, and a very fine image to illustrate it. The statue stands proudly and perfectly composed in the image and against that ever so beautiful blue sky. Nice idea to include the foreground like this too, adds to the composition and great texture in the rock.
All the best
dkmurphys (59951) 2013-09-10 6:45
Nice detail from the sea side town. I like the colors and the composition, well seen.
Enjoy a fine afternoon.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-09-10 8:09
a beautiful statue in a beautiful setting. A well chosen POV that gives us so much detail and glorious textures and in a perfectly managed light.
Nicou (144228) 2013-09-10 9:53
quelle statue et image sueprbe vue et compo quelle image ce cadrage dans l coin et ce ciel pur et limpide une merveille sueprbe captage.
Bravo et amitié
danos (99197) 2013-09-10 10:38
nice the view as the presentation of San Andrea's statue,as outline with this well chosen POV against the blue sky.I like the details as the brilliant light of the image.
Silvio1953 (145579) 2013-09-10 11:18
Ciao Romano, un pelo di disturbo sul cielo, ma gran bella vista della statua che hai ripreso con splendida nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, magnifico il mare, bravo, ciao Silvio
limielski (0) 2013-09-10 13:11
The statue of St Andrea was shown by you in excellent manner.
I like this white colour of the rocks and blue colour of the sky. It's an amazing colour contrast. Very good POV and the composition. TFS
Sonata11 (33871) 2013-09-10 13:34
very interesting capture of this statue in this amazing spot. Wonderful executed image. Thanks for information note. I like it.
All the best,
carlo62 (50031) 2013-09-10 13:57
il solo era molto alto, le ombre strette sottolineano le rocce e la statua, ma il mare è agitato e scuro, tempesta in arrivo?
Ottima composizione, anche se avrei decentrato un pò di più la statua di un Sant'Andrea piuttosto moderno.
PS grazie per tutte le belle parole che usi nei miei confronti, non credo di essere un bravo fotografo, utilizzo una semplice compatta, fare le "vere" foto è un'altra cosa, lo so bene.
emka (99931) 2013-09-10 23:56
Ciao Romano, In "beta" site, it is a big too big picture and we cannot see the whole . But we can see more details for sure. I didn't know that San Andrea (saint Andrew ) is the patron saint of fishermen. Nice mo nument sio prioud against the sea. And the fishermen need protection, they risk their life.
ChrisJ (115497) 2013-09-11 10:41
Fantastic density with an excellent exposure on the highlights. Good contrast and sharpness and well composed. The blue sky makes a superb backdrop to the statue. I may have gaussian blurred the grainy sky in photoshop. Tfs!
jemaflor (98771) 2013-09-13 5:02
Well presented, perfect angle and contrast, interesting statue and Bg with blue sky and sea, tfs.
NorthernLight (2383) 2013-10-12 5:13
in this photo I like the picture composition and the colors very much. The moving sea makes the image alive, despite the motionless statue in front of the image. I also think you can almost smell the fresh sea air in the picture.
Very nice, very well done!
Have a great weekend