The City of Jesi (40.000 inhabitants) is situated in the Marche Region, in the centre of Italy. It lies halfway between the sea and the mountains, a very likable town which has everything to offer – art and history, entertainment and sport activities, along with all the services and quality of life of a city that has not lost sight of its human dimension. The ancient heart of the town preserves monuments, museums, ancient churches, old buildings and theatres. Several illustrious figures were born in Jesi, such as Emperor Frederick II of the Hohenstaufen dynasty and the musician and composer G. B. Pergolesi. For 2014 the town of Jesi has been appointed “City of Sport 2014” by the Federation for the Associations of the European Capitals and Cities of Sport (ACES Europe). The City has produced four Olympic champions (Stefano Cerioni, Giovanna Trillini, Valentina Vezzali and Elisa di Francisca) who together won 14 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze medals. In the City there are 30 municipal sports facilities (which are operated by 60 associations coordinated by the Municipality) and 134 sports associations. More than 17,700 members attend these structures and 34 different kinds of sports are played. Every year the town hosts championships in fencing, volleyball, football, basketball, etc. and a grand event is dedicated to the presentation of all the disciplines practiced in the town (Notte Azzurra). Two sports clubs (swimming and fencing) and the Gabriele Cardinaletti Foundation promote the participation of people with disabilities in physical activity and sport.
In the framework of the project, Jesi, the city of fencing par excellence, former European City of Sport 2014, becomes the stage of the European Games of Integrated Fencing in September 2018. Sacred place of Italian sport and in particular of fencing, this city has a world trademark built by Olympic champions such as Valentina Vezzali, Giovanna Trillini, Elisa Di Francisca, Stefano Cerioni. The competitions will take place at the Palazzetto dello Sport, a sports arena of Jesi, dedicated to Ezio Triccoli, founder of the Jesi Fencing Club and important fencing master, which has already hosted major events in sport and has a total capacity for about 4000 spectators.