A Guide for Pesaro

As volunteers living abroad for half a year in Italy, getting to know the language, customs and habits of this country (and, more specifically, the region of Pesaro) is important in order to blend in and live the best possible EVS experience. But not only this is important: Pesaro is also full of funny activities, nightlife, delicious restaurants, unforgettable landscapes, ancient history,… etc. So, after being here for a couple of months, and with a little more experience, we have decided to create a travel guide series about Pesaro. With this, we intend to give an idea of how is to live in this town, based in our experience so far. We will divide the guide in several sections that we will post weekly and each one of them will cover a different topic. Today, we are going to talk about Pesaro and other interesting places to visit while being here.

PESARO AND SURROUNDINGS

With this first section, we hope to help others to discover new places either in Pesaro itself or in its surroundings. Since we visited only a view places in this region, it would be impossible, given the size of this region, to point out every special place. Nevertheless, in this article, we’ll share our bests discoveries.

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Urbino

Considering the region of which Pesaro is one of the cities that makes the province, which is called Pesaro-Urbino, this should provoke some curiosity about the other city of this region, Urbino. Almost everyone living in Pesaro has been in Urbino at least ones, and this is not so strange. Urbino is a beautiful city in a medieval style and one of the main centres of the Italian Renaissance, hence nowadays we are allowed to call it a World Heritage Site.

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Montefabbri

Earlier this year, an article about Montefabbri, in which ‘la Fiesta Globàl’ took place, appeared on the blog. This little village, with only forty inhabitants and an amazing view on the mountains, leaves us with a magical feeling. We can call ourselves lucky we were allowed to participate in the festival which takes place every year and to experience the wonderful feeling it caused. It’s kind of a forgotten place, where one could relax and enjoy the lovely view.

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Belforte all’Isauro

Belforte is another small village in the province of Marche. It is located in the Upper Foglia Valley, and contains a little but charming castle dating back to the High Medieval period, now reconverted in a hostel. Definitely a must see!

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Tetto del Mondo (Parco Naturale del San Bartolo)

This is place literally means ‘The Roof Of The World’ and this name is given to this place for a reason. Standing here, you have a beautiful view of the region. Depending on the time (of the year), it is very nice place to have a little time for yourself or a pleasant time with friends and to watch the view (and maybe even the sunset).

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Gradara Castle

This town is famous for its massive castle, which is one of the best preserved in Italy. Each year there are events which take place in and around the castle, which causes a magical ambience. For an overview of the events, you can check www.gradara.org.

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These are a few of many beautiful places to explore while being in the region. As we said before, we have been here for two months so there are still a lot of places to discover. It may not be Milan, Rome or Venice, but Italy is full of history everywhere and of magical places to visit, hidden treasures that few people know and that really worth a visit.

Isabel and Demi

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Belle strade inaspettate

Cinque mesi. Sono arrivata in Italia, a Pesaro, più di cinque mesi fa per il mio SVE a Vicolocorto e non riesco ancora a capire come è possibile che l’esperienza finirà in meno di 30 giorni. Questi cinque mesi sono passati velocemente ma anche di una maniera così intensa che mi costa ricordare tutti i momenti vissuti. Nuove abitudini, nuove amicizie, nuova lingua, nuovo cibo…, ma soprattutto, una nuova “io”.

In questo tempo ho imparato dallo staff di Vicolocorto che si può lavorare con un sorriso. Ho fatto il volontariato con altri giovani stranieri con cui ho condiviso la casa e anche il tempo libero (qualcuno ha detto di andare dagli SVE della Croce Rossa?). L’elenco di persone che mi vengono in mente è lungo: Mariam, Julien, Guillaume, Demi, Isabel, Anna, Eli, Ola, Sami… E ovviamente nella lista non può mancare la mia Alysson e il suo sorriso (Cara, sai che ti voglio molto bene e ti auguro una bella vita a Barcelona!).

Gli incontri di conversazione in inglese come il Ritrovo dei Viaggiatori e il Pesaro Language Exchange sono diventati un’opportunità per fare amicizia con italiani e (come no!) spagnoli e argentini. Comunque non voglio dimenticare i ragazzi del Centro di Aggregazione Giovanile e Mery, che mi hanno insegnato il valore della pazienza e sempre avranno un posto nel mio cuore per la loro gentilezza, innocenza e curiosità. Come non ti possono essere simpatici quelli che ti insegnano a cucinare la piada?

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Ad ottobre, quando preparerò la valigia porterò con me quelle cose più lussuose che nessuno ti può rubare: più conoscenza dell’inglese e dell’italiano, il ricordo del tramonto dalla spiaggia di Pesaro; la immagine della piazza del Duomo di Firenze di notte, bianco e silenzioso dopo una giornata piena di turisti…

Infatti quando ci penso, sembra un cliché. È detto sempre: “cambiare di posto apre la mente”, “viaggiare ti fa diventare un’altra persona”. Ma lo sento davvero: quando arriverà ottobre non sarò la stessa che ero quando sono partita. Sebbene non sia riuscita con delle sfide che avevo da prima,  non mi preoccupo. Pensavo che avrei avuto più tempo per scrivere, per conoscermi un po’ meglio, per avere le idee più chiare di cosa volessi fare nella vita e la situazione è diventata esattamente il contrario: mi vedo sola di fronte al mondo e l’unico che so è che non voglio ritornare a casa.

Non posso dire di non essere nervosa. L’ansia c’è, ma la paura non c’è più. E questa è la ragione per la quale sono soddisfatta di avere preso la decisione di trasferirmi a Pesaro. Mi sento sicura e motivata per affrontare gli imprevisti.

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Venire a Pesaro era il primo passo per cominciare a credere in me e nelle mie capacità. Se qualcuno mi avesse detto ad aprile: “Se vai in Italia, parlerai italiano, farai amicizia con SVE di tutta Europa e, perfino, farai kayak al golfo di Napoli”, mi sarei messa a ridere.

Insomma, invece di aiutarmi a decidere la mia strada professionale, questa esperienza mi ha aiutato a vedere tutti quegli aspetti indimenticabili per una bella vita, la prima di questi è la gioia di viverla e, poi, la curiosità per crescere condividendola con persone con interessi e culture così diverse.

Come diceva Henry Miller:

“La meta di ognuno non è mai un luogo, ma piuttosto un nuovo modo di vedere le cose”.

 

Maria

 

Ciao Belli! I’m Demi!

Ciao tutti,

It has been some time since I’ve arrived here in Italy. Two days after I had received my diploma, I was ready to step out of my comfort zone. After a few delays on the way, I was happy to step into the train to Pesaro. I remember I was wearing my winter boots during this hot summer day and I was watching the scenery and stops obsessively, afraid I caught the wrong train. As soon as I arrived I calmed down a little bit. Before coming, I have been warned I must take things slow here, so I tried to follow this advice. I grabbed my notebook, put on my headphones and started to write things down.

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My name is Demi and I am eighteen years old. I just finished high school, in which I practiced mostly economic, social and cultural sciences. My interests are varied; (modern) art, music, drawing, reading, playing tennis, having walks, swimming and of course having a good time with friendly people. I come from a city in the Netherlands, close to The Hague, which is called Voorburg, so for me it was a bit amusing hearing that Pesaro is the city of bikes.

Being this young and having little work experience, there already have been some firsts for me during this trip: my first volunteering experience, my first time living with housemates (abroad), my first time traveling on my own and, last but not least, my first ‘aperitivo’. The other volunteers are very welcoming and helpful, as well as my colleagues at Vicolocorto.

Until now, this EVS experience seems like a dream, due to the wonderful opportunities I’ve had. I got to meet very kind people, to receive Italian lessons, to work at Fiesta Globàl, to go to Naples during my on-arrival training and to visit other places and friends I made here in Italy. I like the fact that I am allowed to fulfill different tasks, such as going to the youth center (Totem), meeting up with people for an English conversation and doing promotional work.

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I have been able to experience, enjoy and think about my life goals during this EVS project. I discovered EVS is about giving ideas, receiving experience, developing personally and making friends. The reason I decided to do this, is because I wanted to do something completely different than I was used to do. I wanted to work, travel, meet new people, get to know myself and appreciate the world around me. It’s however quite a coincidence I ended up in Italy in particular. I focused rather on the content of the project I wanted to work on than the country I wanted to live in (even though I had a preferred working in South Europe). Now I am more than happy to live here, in a country with plenty of history and delicious food.

After this EVS experience I would like to study communication and information sciences in Utrecht (The Netherlands). I haven’t found my dream job yet, so only time will tell what kind work I will be doing next. For now I am going to make the best of my remaining four months and enjoy la dolce vita here in Italy.

Demi