LE MARCHE

 

Le Marche is a slightly unknown and still undisturbed region, located between the Apennines and the Adriatic Coast, in central Italy. Le Marche, also known as the hinterland of Tuscany, is made a very special region by its diversity and authenticity. It has not yet been discovered by hurdles of tourists, and so is very quiet and friendly.

 

 

The rough Apennines form the natural barrier around Le Marche. Through colourful, curving hilly landscapes with lovely, medieval, picturesque villages and towns on the tops, you descend towards the crystal blue, calm Adriatic Sea, known as “Riviera delle Palme” because of the many palm trees.The landscape has a diverse flora and fauna. The hills are covered with combinations of vineyards and olive tree cultivations, cornfields, sunflowers and grass fields.The environment is perfect for walks and bicycle tours. By car or by motor you cross via countless winding roads the most wonderful villages, located on the tops of the hills, beautiful renovated medieval fortified towns which invite you to explore them.

 

 

The environment is perfect for walks and bicycle tours. By car or by motor you cross via countless winding roads the most wonderful villages, located on the tops of the hills, beautiful renovated medieval fortified towns which invite you to explore them.In every village there is something to do or to see: narrow alleys where time seems to have stopped, palazzi, monasteries, abbeys, churches and museums, but obviously you can also simply enjoy a “caffé” or a local wine in a bar. Many cities have preserved their authentic character. Above all, Ascoli Piceno is a cultural hit, and also Fermo, Loreto, Macerata, Jesi and Fano are wonderful cities. A visit to the stalagmite caves of Frasassi is unforgettable and refreshing in the summer. In spring and summer you can enjoy many concerts and operas, organised not only in cities, but also in small villages. August is the month of convivial village festivities.

 

 

The kitchen of Le Marche offers a wide choice of local dishes with delicious fish, wild pig, pastas, olives, truffles, fresh fruits and vegetables. Specialities include olive stuffed with meat or fish “Olive Ascolane”, the typical fish soup from San Benedetto del Tronto “Brodetto” or roasted suckling pig “Porchetta alla Marchigiana”. Delicious DOC wines (Verdicchio, Vernaccia, Rosso Conero, Rosso Piceno and Falerio) can be tasted in the many enotecas, cantinas and the many local winegrowers.

 

 

The coastline of Le Marche is 170 kilometres long and is a chain of romantic towns and beautiful beaches. The historical beachside towns with their white sand beaches and blue sea offer everything, also for spoiled travellers.

 

 

In the Sibillini Mountains with the Maga Alcina on mountains Nerone and Carpegna and in the woods of Cingoli (the “balcony of Le Marche”), you find an amazing landscape. Among beeches and streamlets, the rough beauty of the nature stimulates you to make long walks and excursions, from light and accessible walks to real climbing for experienced alpinists. In the winter it is possible to ski in the Sibillini Mountains. The ski locations in Le Marche are Sarnano, Camerino, Ussita, Acquasanta Terme, Comunità Montana di San Ginesio Monti Azzurri, Parco naturale della Gola della Rossa e di Frasassi.