Named for the wide marshes that used to distinguish this province, Marche is now a pleasant, pastoral area, distinguished by picture perfect towns and cities clinging to hills, medieval castles, and a beautiful seaside. In some ways, it’s almost a fairytale landscape. Unfairly overshadowed by Umbria and Tuscany, there’s still secrets and magic to be discovered here.
Where to go
Visit one of the great centres of the Renaissance in Urbino, including the Duomo and the birthplace of genius artist Raphael. Swim and sun on the beaches near Ancona. Go on a wine tour and sample a few vintages. See the stunning medieval town of Ascoli Piceno. Hike the Sibillini Mountains. Play golf on some of the best courses in Italy.
Food & Drink
You’ll find egg pasta, soups and baked fish on the menu in this region of Italy, drawing inspiration from its long Adriatic coastline, and surrounding regions. To eat like one of the family, with real home-style cooking, try La Patata Bollente (Contrada Margani Snc) in Salarno. For something a little upscale - but not too much, it’s part of the charm - try La Trattoria del Leone (Via Cesare Battisti 5) for superb game and local dishes.
Urbino is hardly the nightlife capital of Italy, regardless you will still find a number of pubs, clubs and bars catering to the tourists. La Dolce Vita (Piazza della Repubblica 16) is on Urbino’s main square and is steadily gaining popularity as the place to be. Things are more lively in Ancona - Bar Torino (Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 49) does great cocktails, aperitifs, and canapes.
Where to stay
Our pick for Le Marche is Urbino Resort
. This idyllic agriturismo is only a short distance from the beautiful Renaissance town of Urbino and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Be sure to try the pizza in the hotel’s restaurant - some of the very best in Italy. How to get there
Ancona Airport is the major airport in the region. Aegean Airlines, Alitalia and British Airways fly there, with a connection, daily.