I Musei Civici
a Palazzo Ciacchi



Empowering Cultural Heritage: a successful cooperation between the Municipality of Pesaro and Confindustria Pesaro Urbino.

Museum installation at the of Palazzo Ciacchi

The Civic Museums at Palazzo Ciacchi were inaugurated in 2008, following the convention signed by the Municipality of Pesaro and Confindustria Pesaro Urbino in 2006. Palazzo Ciacchi opened its doors not only as a prestigious historical building, but also as a precious art repository integrating Palazzo Mosca’s permanent collections with a remarkable selection of pieces. These additions provide visitors with a unique opportunity to appreciate artworks that were not previously exhibited elsewhere. 

Through this convention the Municipality of Pesaro and Confindustria Pesaro Urbino have pledged to preserve and enhance the Civic Museums’ collections, which are the finest expression of the city’s cultural identity.

The memorandum of understanding states that the Municipality grants Confindustria the right to exhibit artworks from the deposits – some of which require restoration – for a period of ten years, renewable thereafter. This ensures that the pieces are not only properly preserved but also enjoyable for the public. In return, Confindustria pledges to set up the exhibition and to perform restoration interventions for art pieces in need.

Museum installation at the of Palazzo Ciacchi

The project was curated by the staff of the Department for Cultural Property and Activities of the Municipality of Pesaro and approved by the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the Italian provinces of Ancona and Pesaro e Urbino, following the convention renewal in 2018. Despite a temporary halt during the public health emergency, the project now enriches the collection of Palazzo Ciacchi with previously unseen artworks from the Civic Museums, redefining its content, the selection of pieces and the diversity of artistic genres. In addition to 20 paintings (17th -18th centuries) and 26 ceramic works (19th century), Palazzo Ciacchi now boasts 16 artifacts of decorative art (late 16th – 19th century), which is well present in the museum with bronze, marble, porphyry, and alabaster sculptures as well as carved and gilded wooden mirrors from the versatile collections of Marquise Vittoria Mosca. ‘Myth and devotion’ is the title of the exhibition showcasing 62 ‘gems’, approximately 20 of which have been recently restored. The display offers visitors the opportunity to explore mythology, ancient history, as well as sacred and Old Testament episodes.

Museum installation at the of Palazzo Ciacchi

Confindustria Pesaro Urbino

Confindustria Pesaro Urbino is part of the Confindustria System that, through its territorial and category associations, is the most representative organisation of companies producing goods and services in Italy. The association system is divided into 224 organisations and groups together, on a voluntary basis, more than 150,000 companies of all sizes and corporate formulas, distributed throughout the country, for a total of approximately 5,400,000 employees. The Association's mission is to promote the affirmation of enterprise as a driver of the country's economic, social and civil growth. In this sense, it defines common paths and shares - while respecting the areas of autonomy and influence - objectives and initiatives with the world of economics and finance, national, European and international institutions, public administration, social partners, culture and research, science and technology, politics, information and civil society. The basic value that inspires the action of the entrepreneurs' organisation is the conviction that free enterprise and the free exercise of economic activity, in a market economy context, are factors of development and progress for society as a whole. With professionalism and enthusiasm, Confindustria Pesaro Urbino works for the enhancement of the economic and competitive potential of enterprises, contributing to the promotion of the sustainable development of its territory.

Palazzo Mosca - Musei Civici

Palazzo Mosca - Civic Museums is home to significant art collections and its exhibition path, completely renovated in 2013, gives full visibility to the city’s rich and multifaceted heritage. On display in the former house of the noble Mosca family, the museum collection starts with a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance: Giovanni Bellini’s Coronation of the Virgin. The altarpiece was produced by the Venetian painter around 1475 and was originally located in the San Francesco church in Pesaro. Other paintings and detached frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries, which once decorated Pesaro’s churches and cloisters, also represent significant examples of the local figurative heritage. The museums also display magnificent ceramic pieces, including the 19th-century collection of Knight Domenico Mazza, which is a selection of the most representative istoriato works manufactured in the Renaissance centres of the ancient Duchy of Urbino, among which are Urbino, Casteldurante (Urbania), Pesaro, Gubbio and Deruta’s metal lustre pieces. Maiolica pieces are exhibited in a sort of “Wunderkammer” along with masterpieces of decorative and applied arts dating to different periods, of different materials and techniques, including caskets, cabinets, mirrors, clocks, and sculptures, which were part of Marquise Vittoria Toschi Mosca’s legacy. Along the exhibition path, an impressive display case is also dedicated to 18th-century floral ceramics with the typical decoration “alla rosa” (rose decorations), donated by Giorgio Ugolini. As for the paintings, the museums boast the magnificent piece The Fall of the Giants (1640-42) by Guido Reni, from the Hercolani-Rossini collection - which was bequeathed to the city by the composer. The Civic Museums also house paintings by Simone Cantarini from Pesaro, especially the pendant made up of Penitent Mary Magdalene and Penitent Saint Joseph (1644-46). It is worth mentioning that the exhibition includes still lives dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, which range from the vibrant colours and decorations of Christian Berentz and Franz Werner Von Tamm to the perspective illusions of ‘trompe-l’oeil’ effects. Additionally, the Civic Museums showcase Neoclassical paintings by Giannandrea Lazzarini, a painter, architect, ceramics expert, and one of the most prominent figures in Pesaro in the 18th century. Since 1960 the hall of Palazzo Toschi Mosca has exhibited another gem of the city’s collections: the impressive tondo in polychrome maiolica depicting the dreadful gorgon Medusa as a touching self-portrait of the versatile maiolica artist Ferruccio Mengaroni from Pesaro (Pesaro, 1875 - Monza, 1925).


Alessandra Baronciani

Andrea Baroni

Project coordinator
Beatrice Borghi

Municipality of Pesaro

Matteo Ricci

Councillor for Beauty
Daniele Vimini

Civic Services, Participation and Promotion of the Territory
Gianni L.M. Galdenzi

Head of the Organisational Unit for Cultural Heritage and Activities Silvia Melini

Heritage Preservation and Management Francesca Banini Erika Terenzi

Art Collections Library of the Civic Museums Francesca Trebbi

Promotion/Communication Cristina Lupinelli

Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the Italian provinces of Ancona and Pesaro e Urbino

Cecilia Carlorosi

Art Historian Officer
Tommaso Castaldi

Scientific Project and Text Editing Francesca Banini
Erika Terenzi

Isidoro and Matteo Bacchiocca, Letizia Bruscoli, Laura Guarini paintings Mirko Bravi, Andrea Pierleoni,ceramics Giovanni and Paolo Bischi, decorative arts

architecs Marco Gaudenzi, Silvia Capelli Mancinelli Allestimenti Srl

Graphic design
Studio Diametro

Luca Toni


Eleonora Ferri
Confindustria Pesaro Urbino oversaw the restoration of the artworks and their set-up in Palazzo Ciacchi with the scientific and technical guidance provided by the staff of the Organisational Unit for Cultural Heritage and Activities of the Municipality of Pesaro and the Pescheria Foundation – Visual Arts Centre. With the contribution of