Ancient playing field for the traditional ball game “pallone al bracciale” (literally “bracelet ball”). Built at the end of the 18th century.
The “Sferisterio” is the area below the old Malatesta walls. From here you have one of the most magnificent views of the old town.
In the past it was used for playing a traditional ball game with a wooden arm-brace (“gioco del bracciale”). Today, it is still used for “gioco del tamburello”, an ancient ball game played with a tambourine-like bat.
In July, this beautiful evocative field is used for performances during the International Theatre Festival. And in summertime, it is used for many cultural and artistic events, including opera.
During the fairs it hosts important competitions.
Next to the old walls, there is a strong tower, once the medieval prison. On the other side, the Sferisterio is flanked by the apse of the Collegiate Church, the town’s main church.