Just behind the Velvety Sand

Sunrise over Spiaggia di Velutto - Senigallia, Italy | ©2013 Tom Palladio ImagesI spent the bulk of my recent weeklong stay in Senigallia barefoot in the velvety sand of the Spiaggia di Velutto.

But, when not basting my body with SPF 50+, and, to my surprise, I discovered an entirely different view just behind the lungomare (boardwalk) in central Italy’s Marche region where ancient cobblestone transitions this popular seaside resort back to its historical roots.

Colonnade of Foro Annonario - Senigallia, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesFounded around 385 BC as Sena Gallica (Old Gaul) by the Senones, a Gallic tribe, the city fell under the Roman Republic when sandal-clad legions marched in, defeated the grubby Gauls in 295 BC and established Senigallia as its first colony along the Adriatic seacoast.

Over the ensuing centuries, Senigallia, where the Adriatic Sea merges with hillsides covered in grapevines and sunflowers, was either conquered, destroyed or rebuilt by, among others, the Byzantines, the Lombards and the Saracens before settling in as part of the Papal States until Garibaldi’s “land grab” united all of Italy in 1861.

Around the Centro Storico (Historic Center), Senigallia’s rich past unfolds with expertly restored ancient structures, like the Roca Roveresca Fortress and the ancient Roman Foro Annonario and its oval piazza. Doubling as as the city’s daily open-air produce market, the Foro is dotted with shops and under-the-colonnades regional Marchegiano restaurants.

Let’s take a walk.

Senigallia. A delightful Italian seaside resort along the Bel Paese’s central Adriatic coast that’s equally worthy of a stroll around its camera-ready ancient past.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images



Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Really nice pics of the beach. Looks like a beautiful (clean) and interesting city. You must have been up early to get all these wonderful photos with almost no people!


  2. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely. There is something very inviting about a fresh market. It amazes me that something so ordinary is so fun to photograph and to look at. I also like the angle with which you took the dining table. 🙂 Your posts always brighten my day.


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