The Marche region, with Ancona as its capital, has a very pleasant climate. It is one of Italy’s most sunny regions. In winter it is often sunny with temperatures between 3 and 9 degrees. In April temperatures rise to 18 degrees, with peaks upwards. In summer the minimum temperature is 20 degrees. It is nice and warm then. In the late season temperatures fluctuate between 15 and 22 degrees. The average hours of sunshine per day is 3 in January, 6 in April, 10 in July and 5 hours per day in October. The months of May, June and September are perfect for visiting Le Marche. In these months temperatures fluctuate between 23 and 26 degrees and it is quiet everywhere. In July and August it can easily get 30 degrees and it can be busy, but never overcrowded. And there is always a fresh breeze in the mountain areas. The wettest season is from mid-February to early April and in the late season from November to mid-December.
Le Marche has several medium-sized cities; the five most important are Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, Ancona, Pesaro and Macerata. Urbino, located in the north, is perhaps the most interesting city. It is a jewel from the Renaissance period that is almost unaffected the same as in the 15th century. Macerata is located in the south and inland and is known for its many opera concerts and events. You will find castles in places such as San Leo, Mondavio, Toletiono, Sassocorvara and Senigallia.
Food and drink
This is a rural and little visited region, so you will find very few large commercial restaurants here, but there are many small restaurants, trattorias or pizzerias. Most dishes are prepared with traditional ingredients from the region. If you ask for “la specialità della casa”, you will be surprised with the most diverse and special dishes that you would otherwise never taste.
One of the most famous dry white wines from Italy, and the pride of Le Marche, is the Verdicchio, made from a local grape of the same name. The two DOC wines (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) are: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. There are also excellent red wines such as Rosso Conero, made from the Montepulciano grape, or Rosso Piceno, better known as Rosso Piceno Superiore.
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