Senigallia – Riviera di Levante
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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snunney (104717) 2013-10-29 6:13
A deserted beach in July, are they all at lunch? Notwithstanding, these empty beach chairs make for an unusual graphical composition. You have framed the image very well, placing the lines of chairs obliquely. The interesting cloudy sky and lack of people both contributes much to the mood of composition. The image has good colours and sharpness.
lousat (95888) 2013-10-29 6:38
Magnifica! Sono queste le giornate che mi piacciono,spiagge deserte,solo il rumore delle onde e del vento,appena si guarda la foto ti parte nel cervello la canzone "il mare d'inverno" anche se a quanto vedo eravamo a Luglio,qualita' sensazionale con dettagli al top ovunque! Buona serata e complimenti,Luciano
holmertz (57367) 2013-10-29 8:48
A very good photo of a deserted beach. It looks like autumn although it was taken in Juli. I like the long diagonal rows of folded chairs and wrapped up umbrellas. Their grey colours match the light brown sand and the partly grey sky very wll. The sea looks quite rough, so I can understand that holiday makers spent this day somewhere else.
amaryllis (37039) 2013-10-29 12:09
La mer me semble bien agitée avec ses vagues, un ciel bien nuageux et superbe et un alignement de sièges en décalé sur le sable mais peu de monde
Excellente présentation de ce beau paysage
sabermonajati (11357) 2013-10-29 13:23
excellent view from beach with amazing cloudy sky you shot.
cargus (10476) 2013-10-29 13:29
Beautiful composition, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
dale54 (8766) 2013-10-29 13:59
romano hello..wonderful beach scene,very nice soft light..tfs! dale
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-10-29 15:55
Romano, i miei colori preferiti e un posto che mi piacerebbe sedersi e guardare le onde e le nuvole per ore....
Mi piace Ancona per molti motivi e uno di loro è il bellissimo mare che si collega con la mia Grecia....
Noel_Byrne (33054) 2013-10-30 3:52
Come dice Stefano, una grande composizione grafica e dove sono tutte le persone? Mi aspetterei una spiaggia in un giorno come questo per essere confezionato, ma forse il gelato van appena passato da? Una scena interessante, e ancora una volta il cielo crea un tale sfondo eccellente, piena di dramma.
Grazie come sempre
jhm (157878) 2013-10-30 4:42
Thank you very much for these interesting notes.
Everyone is disappear, but the beach chairs and umbrellas are remained this a souvenir of the sun.
Almost all details are very well to see, also a lovely light cloudy sky.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
saxo042 (37966) 2013-10-30 6:32
Interesting to see a deserted beach in the middle of summer, maybe the wind here was too strong. The waves look quite impressive here. All the sun-chairs provide a nice pattern in the picture.
Silvio1953 (150245) 2013-10-30 7:32
Ciao Romano, sembrava uno scatto di fine estate, poi ho letto la data..., favoloso cielo, magnifica luce, bella composizione, bravo, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (57168) 2013-10-30 10:26
It's amazing to see how the powerful sky has actually influenced viewers to look deeper in this scene! It's an excellent example of photographic awareness, a compo fully filled by repeated geometric shapes contributing to a strong graphic representation with a dramatic contrast. A nice piece of photo work with superb tonal quality. Well done, TFS
mesutilgim (96730) 2013-10-30 12:26
Allthough been taken in July it's a typical end summer scenery.
Very good layout.
TFS and best regards
nikkitta (17068) 2013-10-30 16:18
Creative composition with great contrast , as you ssaid blue and white
It seems a storm was aproaching , so people went away, I suppse must be midday by the shadows
Like the most sky and sea ith the approching waves
Striking capture, congrats
Avere una grande settimana
carlo62 (53252) 2013-10-31 0:20
anche se siamo di luglio, sembra una foto di fine stagione, un unico bagnante che cerca di prendere un sole inesistente.
Bella composizione, le onde bianche del mare sembrano copiare le nuvole bianche del cielo.
Gigidusud (21247) 2013-10-31 11:54
Splendida spiaggia deserte con una grande prospettiva è un fantastico cielo nuvolose. Mi piace molto!
Un caro saluto,
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-10-31 12:06
the scene has really unique atmosphere.To be there in the middle of the high season completely alone must have been a quite unique and strange feeling to you.And this feeling is well transffered to your composition.
I like also the way you composed and framed the scene.The diagonal line dividing the beach from the sea was a great solution to achieve so eye-catching visual effect.
Certainly a well considered and executed shot!
Wish You all the best
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-10-31 23:21
The ominous clouds and the surging sea waters all to be lost in the multitude of chair.
An excellent and beautiful job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this good work.
luciola (2966) 2013-11-01 0:41
Great landscape beach. Very beautiful sky. Total wonderful composition.
claudeD (40856) 2013-11-01 10:02
very fine seaside view with a fine composition and showing a wonderful cloud formation in the sky. I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxmbourg
Cricri (123740) 2013-11-01 10:44
Bel effet de perspective avec une profondeur extraordinaire, la ligne horizon finissant en pointe, une mer agitée sous un ciel dramatique qui filtre une douce lumière, très belle présentation
mjw364 (1466) 2013-11-01 12:17
Good POv that emphasises the pattern of chairs and umbrellas well. Great sky too. The sandy beach and the blue sky contrast well together. It looks like a rough day at the seaside!
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-11-02 6:56
bella composizione, mi piace l'effetto grafico delle sdraio in primo piano. bello anche il cielo ed il mare agitato sullo sfondo.
ChrisJ (117199) 2013-11-02 10:48
Missed this one. Love the repetition of the beach deckchairs and the eerie lack of crowds. The neat diagonal rows add dynamism and lead in lines and perspective. Excellent sharpness and nice cloud patterns in the sky. Tfs!
adores (46299) 2013-11-10 2:44
Guess it was too hot for people to stay there:)! I like the composition a lot, with the empty chairs, the waves in background and even the sky. I really like the graphism and colours!