Marche, region of beauty, good food, peace, tranquility but also sea and nature... What more could you want? Yet the Marche is a region that is underestimated by many: Salento is preferred for the sea, Tuscany or Veneto is preferred for the villages, Umbria is preferred for the hilly landscapes. If you want to discover this fantastic and unfairly not celebrated land, discover it with us 10 unmissable beauties of the Marche, to visit as a family, in groups or as a couple.
- Ascoli Piceno
- Frasassi Caves
- Senigallia and Corinaldo
- Sibillini Mountains, Lame Rosse and Lake Fiastra
- Riviera del Conero
- Urbino, Pesaro and Montefeltro
- Riviera of the Palms
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1 - Macerata
On a hill 314 meters above the sea level, immersed in a vast and sweet bucolic landscape, Macerata can already be glimpsed from afar.
This city is what is called "an open-air museum"; walking through its streets, primarily Corso Matteotti, it is possible to admire its sixteenth-century architecture and noble palaces. The most significant buildings stand in Piazza della Libertà: the ancient Palazzo dei Priori, now the Town Hall, the Clock Tower, the Renaissance Palace of the Prefecture, the church of San Paolo and the Rossi Theater.
The flagship of the city is undoubtedly the Sferisterio, a gigantic arena originally intended for the game of the "Ball on the bracelet" and where today internationally renowned artists perform. To mention, the very important opera season and the Macerata Jazz Festival.
Interesting Palazzo Buonaccorsi and Palazzo Ricci, seat of the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Carriage Museum.
2 - Ascoli Piceno
Stone is the protagonist of the landscape of Ascoli Piceno. The entire historic center was built by sculpting the travertine blocks of the nearby Piceno quarries. This makes it extraordinarily harmonious and uniform, elegant and welcoming.
The synthesis of all this beauty is found in the wide Piazza del Popolo, overlooked by the Church of San Francesco, the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popoli, medieval houses and arcades.
By many, Piazza del Popolo is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, who contends the heart of the Ascolans with the neighbor Arringo Square where there are as many important monuments such as: the Palazzo dell'Arringo seat of the Civic Art Gallery, the Cathedral of Sant'Emidio, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Episcopal Palace with the Diocesan Museum.
Ascoli Piceno is also worth a visit for its gastronomic excellence. The famous olives are generally part of the "mixed fry" with lamb chops, artichokes and fried custard.
3 - Frasassi Caves
Famous all over the world, the Frasassi Caves are underground karst caves located in Genga (AN). Discovered in 1971, the complex consists of a huge series of underground environments, the first of which is a huge cavity having an extension so large that it could contain the entire Duomo of Milan! During the guided tour (about 1,5 km for an abundant hour) you can admire stalagmites and stalactites (which instead descend from the ceiling of the cavities) whose shapes and sizes have stimulated the imagination of speleologists. Hence names such as the "Giants", the "Camel" and the "Dromedary", the "Orsa", the "Madonnina", the "Sword of Damocles", the "Slice of pancetta" and the "Slice of lard" .
At the end of the tour, the tour ends at Valadier Temple (500 meters from the entrance to the caves) one of the most suggestive sanctuaries in the Marche. Set in the rocky belly of the Gola della Rossa and Frasassi, it is an octagonal church surmounted by a dome, in a neoclassical style. Built by Pope Leo XII on a design by the famous architect Giuseppe Valadier.
4 - Senigallia and Corinaldo
Senigallia is a splendid seaside resort, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Marche region which since 1997 receives the prestigious title "Blue Flag" every year. With a long sandy beach, made up of grains so small as to be worth the nickname "velvet beach", Senigallia it also boasts a lovely historic center with several palaces, churches and interesting monuments. The most characteristic building is the imposing Rocca.
In the hinterland of Senigallia it is located Corinaldo, a wonderful medieval village which preserves almost intact the ancient walls dating back to the 1th-300th century and more than km long. The historic center of Corinaldo is characterized by narrow streets which, going west, expand becoming wider and more regular. Some of these resemble a real monument such as the Rain or "center stairs" that climbs up to the top of the hill. Corinaldo offers the visitor places, traditions, historic buildings and artistic works. We remember the Carlo Goldoni theater, the Civic collection of Sacred Art and the Contesa del pozzo della polenta, historical re-enactment of a local legend involving more than figures.
5 - Stop
On the summit and along the slopes of Colle Sàbulo, stands Fermo, a city divided into two parts: the medieval part and the new one.
The heart of the city is the Renaissance Piazza del Popolo, formerly Piazza Grande, where the sixteenth-century Palazzo dei Priori is located, home to the Civic Art Gallery with important paintings from the Venetian and Marche schools, the Palazzo degli Studi, which houses the "Spezioli" library, one of the most important in Italy, and the Palazzo Apostolic.
In Fermo it is also located the precious Teatro dell'Aquila, considered among the most impressive of the Marche in 700. On top of the hill Girfalco is located the Cathedral with its splendid Romanesque-Gothic façade. Among the churches we also remember the Church of San Francesco with frescoes by Giuliano da Rimini, a follower of Giotto; the concathedral Church of San Domenico and the Church of Sant'Agostino, one of the best known religious buildings in the area.
Fermo also boasts a bathing offer with 3 km of coastline to the south and 4 km to the north. The beaches of Lido di Fermo and Marina Palmense they are made of sand and gravel and the area is equipped with all tourist facilities.
Directly on the sea, both locations are surrounded by green hills.
6 - Sibillini Mountains, Lame Rosse and Lake Fiastra
The Sibillini Mountains are the fourth highest mountain massif in the continental Apennines (after Gran Sasso, Maiella and Velino-Sirente), located in the Umbrian-Marche Apennines, between the Marches and Umbria.
The area offers numerous sporting and naturalistic activities.
Lake Fiastra is one of the main attractions, an artificial lake near which begins a dirt road that leads to wonderful Red Blades, a scenario reminiscent of American landscapes.
In winter they are perfect areas for typical ship holidays; Most well-known ski areas are that of Ussita and Forca Canapine. The latter, in addition to purely winter sports, is well suited for activities such as rafting and canyoning along rivers.
Most evocative environments of the park they can be discovered by mountain bike, thanks to numerous marked trails specific to this discipline.
7 - Riviera del Conero
The Conero Riviera, in the center of the Marche coast, is very famous. It offers a 360 degree holiday with 16 different locations for every holiday style. The more than 20 km of coastline are dotted with locations awarded with the Blue Flag, caves, coves and inlets between the white rock. In addition to Ancona, breathtaking views give them Sirolo, Numana and Porto Recanati.
In the very first hinterland, among relaxing hills, we find characteristic medieval villages where to live unique experiences, between traditions, art and ancient flavors. The small town of Camerano it is a reality rich in legends and mysteries that still arouse curiosity in the tourists who visit it; among the most famous the one linked to the famous Hole of the Devil cave which has always created questions for the researchers of the underground cavities of the Conero area. TO Recanati retrace the places of Leopardi's memory; to CastelfidardoInstead, it turns out everything there is to know about the accordion. offagna, Orange Flag, stands with its majestic medieval fortress on a tuff cliff, while Loreto it is another must because of its Sanctuary.
8 - Jesi
Jesi is a city with important industrial traditions, so much so that at the end of the 800th century it was nicknamed the "Milan of the Marche".
As evidence of its glorious historical past (it was also a small capital of the "Respublica Aesina") it preserves an old town with interesting monuments, still surrounded by intact walls.
Visiting Jesi means immerse yourself in art and history, among museums, libraries and noble palaces.
For the maintenance in the contemporary urban fabric of the Roman castrum, in 1969, UNESCO has indicated Jesi as an "exemplary city".
Easily accessible are its castles, small municipalities that develop around the historic city.
remember Monte Roberto, with monuments such as the Castle, the Abbey of Sant'Apollinare and the neoclassical Villa Salvati. Equally worthy it is Bellino Castle, renowned for Villa Coppetti and the Beniamino Gigli Theater. Finally we mention Maiolati Spontini, where you can visit the birthplace of the musician Gaspare Spontini and the Colle Celeste Park.
9 - Urbino, Pesaro and Montefeltro
The ancient Duchy Montefeltrano, is a geographical area of about 2000 kilometers inland in the Marche province of Pesaro and Urbino, which includes 35 municipalities. Crossroads of historic roads, it is an area of rare environmental beauty and great cultural wealth.
Its capital is Urbino, an intact masterpiece of the Renaissance which is among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Pesaro, for its part, with 7 km of beach, it is perfect for the classic summer holidays where it is possible to combine art and culture; its historic center is a succession of elegant streets, palaces, museums, churches, fortresses and libraries.
Montefeltro also hosts gems such as Urbania, known for its ceramics and the Church of the Dead, sassocorvaro, with the imposing Rocca Ubaldinesca; it's still Lunano, Frontino, Carpegna and Macerata Feltria, the latter known spa town which is also part of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
10 - Riviera delle Palme
It is the stretch of the Marche coast that includes wonderful seaside resorts.
San Benedetto del Tronto is its flagship, with a beautiful promenade of about 6 kilometers characterized by hundreds of palm trees, numerous green oases, fountains and recreational areas.
Grottamare, the "pearl of the Adriatic", boasts a wonderful landscape as well as ancient historical and cultural memories; in addition to being one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it has received awards such as the Blue Flag and the Three Sails in the Blue Guide of Legambiente.
Another renowned resort on the Riviera delle Palme is Cupra Marittima, nicknamed "Duna Marittima", whose main feature is the pine forest, an area protected by the Region.
Finally, in the hinterland there are other interesting villages, as Acquaviva which boasts a medieval fortress; Monteprandone, from the original medieval structure still intact; Offida, which is characterized by a center full of historical buildings and monuments and by a food and wine rich in typical products and high quality wines; finally ripatransone, which boasts a breathtaking panoramic position, hence the epithet "Belvedere del Piceno".
Plan your trip: how to get there and where to sleep
The Region is easily accessible thanks to the A14 motorway and a dense railway network; it also has an airport and a port, both in Ancona, well connected to the main European cities. Flights starting from € 65,00.
For the typical seaside holiday we recommend the area of Senigallia or la Riviera del Conero, and especially Porto Recanati, from which you can also leave to discover characteristic villages through day trips (accommodation from € 48,00 per night). Another good alternative is San Benedetto del Tronto on the Riviera delle Palme (accommodations from € 40,00 per night).
For a purely historical-cultural itinerary it might be comfortable to stay at Ascoli Piceno (accommodations from € 35,00 per night); or in the Montefeltro area, especially Urbino (accommodations from € 40,00 per night).
Finally, for winter holidays we suggest Ussita (accommodations from € 80,00 per night).