I am mulling over preliminary plans to attend the Rossini festival in August 2017 and can't find a lot of info on this or Pesaro in general, so I would appreciate answers and opinions from anyone who has been there. It looks like the festival is the second and third week of August, so I'm tentatively planning to spend one or two weeks in Pesaro, then on to Rome for a month or two so will probably fly in and out of Rome. I will be using public transportation. Here's what I would like to know:
Re the festival: based on this year's schedule, it looks like all three operas can be seen in one week with a concert at the end. Is this usually how it it is set up? The tickets are not available on-line, but must be requested by phone or email, and the deadline has passed for this season so there's no way to check if it sells out. How difficult is it to get tickets? Is a membership in their "Friends" helpful or necessary? Any suggestions for seating? I'm not necessarily looking for the cheapest seats but I'm short and want to be able to see.
Re the town: it looks like a nice place on google street view. Perhaps I would do a language school during the day. The two that look most promising are Inlingua and Lingua Ideale and I would appreciate any opinions on either.
Any suggestions for which areas to look for an apartment that would be convenient to both of the theatres and the schools, or advice on rental agents or web sites? I couldn't find an official tourist site online; is there one? I'm not interested in the beach unless I end up with a lot of time to kill during the day. Do the beach clubs have day or weekly passes that can be bought on the spot, and any recommendations for one that would be quieter with fewer children, plus a pool that is at least 25 meters for swimming laps?
Bonus question: is it worse (crowding, weather, etc.) to be in Pesaro or Rome in August? I may re-think how much time to spend in either place.
Thanks for any advice about this, as well as anything I haven't thought of.