Pesaro is a seaport and the capital and administrative seat of the Province of Pesaro and Urbino with about 95000 residents. The town lies beside the river Foglia, which flows near the historic city into the Adriatic Sea. Pesaro is an important tourist center on Italy's Adriatic coast. Architectural gem is the Villa Ruggeri on the beach, a charming example of Italian art nouveau. The square structure of the provincial capital betrays its origins as a Roman colony. Later Pesaro was residence of great princes like Malatesta, Sforza, Montefeltro and della Rovere. Their desire for prestige were due to the sophisticated Renaissance palaces and places that make Pesaro more than just a resort.