A vacation in Le Marche is the best thing you can do if you want to explore the real Italy. Le Marche is a region in the middle and East of Italy near the Adriatic Sea and the ‘ Sibillini Mountains ‘ and according to the Italians themselves Le Marche is the bridge between North and South. In Le Marche, you’ll find the perfect mixture of peace, space, culture, culinary delights and great hospitality. All this in the midst of a very beautiful, varied nature and more than a hundred remarkable towns, every one of which is well worth a visit. Tourism (agriturismo) in the Marche region is starting to develop. However, visitors can still find the ‘real’ Italy here, without mass tourism.
If that is what you’re looking for, Le Marche province is the ideal place for you. In Europe there are few regions that still have an untouched nature, beaches and historic towns. This region has many beautifully preserved places to discover.
The emergence of adventurous travellers who visit Le Marche has grown tremendously, mainly because this province offers things to do throughout the year, such as: discovering masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture, walking through unspoilt nature and mountains, various sports activities, fishing in various harbours or sit around the beach.
Le Marche has several medium-sized cities, the five most important being Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, Ancona, Pesaro and Macerata. The capital of Le Marche is Ancona, not the most attractive place but very important because of its harbour. It has connections to Greece, Croatia and Turkey. Urbino, in the North, is possibly the most interesting city. It is a jewel of the renaissance, almost untouched and much the same as in the 15th century. Macerata is located south and inland and is famous for its many opera concerts and events.
Best period for a visit?
May, June and September are the ideal months to visit Le Marche if you can’t bear the summer heat. July and August, although the hottest months, are nevertheless not overcrowded and there is always a breath of fresh air in the mountain regions. The wettest period is from mid February to early April and in the low season from November to mid December. Very fascinating in the winter months are the mountains of Monte Sibillini, then covered with snow.
In Le Marche food is in most cases still prepared in a traditional manner by the mother or ‘nonna’. Commercialized restaurants such as exist in neighbouring provinces are nearly absent. The cuisine of Le Marche is characterized by the use of fresh products and top quality. For most dishes traditional ingredients are used from the area or region. In a restaurant, trattoria or pizzeria it is best to not order the dish that looks familiar but demand a regional dish or ‘la specialità della casa’. You will be surprised with the most diverse and exquisite dishes that you would otherwise never taste.
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Solely for the wine it would be worth to return to Le Marche. The quality is very high because the quantity remains low. Le Marche´s pride is the Verdicchio, made from a local grape of the same name. This is one of the most famous dry white wines from Italy. Two Verdicchio’s carrying the ‘doc’ label (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) are: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Other white doc wines of the Marche are: Bianchello del Metauro Bianco, Colli Pesaresi, Esino Bianco, Colli Maceratesi and Falerio. Le Marche also possesses excellent red wines such as: Rosso Conero, made from the Montepulciano grape, and Rosso Piceno, better known as Rosso Piceno Superiore.
Le Marche has a rich past, which still can be found in various cities and villages with many historic buildings. A small selection here are the ruins, churches, monasteries, castles, squares and renaissance architecture. You can find Roman ruins in Ancona, Fano Macerata and Urbisaglia.
You may find some exceptional churches and monasteries such as the Cathedral of San Ciriaco in Ancona; Fonte Avellana possesses a very well preserved monastery; Santa Maria di Portonovo has a Roman church dating from the 11th century and built on Conero beach. You will find castles among other things in San Leo, Mondavio, Toletiono, Sassocorvara and Senigallia. In Ascoli Piceno there is a particularly elegant square ‘duomo’. The towns of Jesi, Urbino, Macerata possess many palaces of renaissance architecture, a must for culture lovers.
Le Marche has a 180 kms long coastline. We can distinguish two types of coastal towns. The first are the larger towns with a pleasant atmosphere where a vibrant nightlife exists and where all kinds of tourists are staying. Examples of this are places like Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Senigallia and San Benedetto del Tronto. The smaller coastal towns in between have more apartments and villas instead of the larger hotels; they are charming and have a calm and friendly atmosphere. Here the Italians themselves go on holiday with their family, during the summer months. An example of this is Cupra Marittima and Grottammare. For a fascinating rocky coast you should definitely visit Monte Conero. Here you can see the beautiful white rocks along the coast.
Le Marche has so much beauty to offer, experience the untouched scenery by visiting this province.