Jesi - is a quiet town halfway between the sea and the Apennine mountains with massive and well-preserved medieval walls surrounding its churches and venerable palaces. It has an unparalleled fencing legacy that in the past few decades has been promoted at the international level. The town plays host to some of the world's most prominent female fencing tournaments every year, such as the Junior Women's World Cup and, according to a popular joke, the locals know four languages: Italian, English, French and Fencing !
Jesi would appear to stand little chance as a training ground for world-beating athletes however it enjoys such high level of fencing talent in fencing that being best in town right now means being number one in the world. In its prestigious fencing clubs Jesi has trained its athletes and has eventually sent them to each Olympics since 1976. Among the elite fencers produced by Jesi, Valentina Vezzali - one of the greatest fencers ever - made Olympic Fencing history at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with her third Olympic Gold medal in Women's Individual Foil thereby setting a new Olympic record as the first fencer in Olympic history to win three individual foil gold medals at three consecutive Olympics - Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Her club partner Giovanna Trillini is a 4-time Olympic champion -3 times as a team, 1 time individually - she also won an additional silver and 3 bronze medals in individual Olympic competitions. And last but not least Stefano Cerioni, who as a young athlete won a gold and a bronze individual foil medal at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics plus one more team gold medal in 1988 and is now the coach of the Foil Section of the Italian National Fencing Team. So, if you fancy a glass of superb, chilled Verdicchio di Jesi or would like your children to have a try at fencig, how about heading for Jesi?