4 Food and Wine Itineraries in the Marche

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Joel Fulleda

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We Italians are a people of navigators: the love for travel is written in our genetic code. At the same time, ours is a country of great culinary tradition; for this reason, travel and good food are two typically Italian passions. These passions can often and willingly coincide in gastronomic itineraries and itineraries, designed precisely for the happiness of gourmets and greedy travelers. Among the many Italian regions rich in places to visit historically linked to good food, today we want to talk about Walk. Here 4 ideas for a food and wine tour to discover the typical Marche products and traditional doc wines such as Verdicchio of the Castles of Jesi, Rosso di Piceno, White from the Macerata Hills and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona.


  1. Ancona and the Castles of Jesi in the Vallesina
  2. Macerata wines: from Bianco dei Colli to Vernaccia di Serrapetrona
  3. Culinary specialties in Ascoli and Surroundings: Olive all'ascolana and Rosso Piceno
  4. Ancient flavors in the Province of Pesaro and Urbino
  5. User questions and comments

Ancona and the Castles of Jesi in the Vallesina

It starts from Province of Ancona and its capital, a city rich in history and culture, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Founded by the Greeks of Syracuse, the "Doric city" offers a large number of interesting sites: between squares and urban places, religious, civil and military architecture, archaeological sites, public gardens and natural parks. Not only tourist riches, but also and above all gastronomic. The exquisite stockfish all'anconetana is celebrated in festivals and events throughout the year. Equally well known are the fabulous fish soups, typical of the Marche coastal areas. Among the desserts how not to mention the Polish or the carnival cicerchiata. But what makes the province known is the production of white wine, the well known Verdicchio, obtained from the vine of the same name that grows on the hilly slopes of Vallesina, and precisely in the areas of Matelica and Castles of Jesi. Absolutely to see, the "Castles" are small towns that develop around the ancient city Jesi, which constitute an area of ​​great historical charm.

Macerata wines: from Bianco dei Colli to Vernaccia di Serrapetrona

The province of Macerata is also known for its exceptional gastronomic specialties. The Municipality of Macerata offers relaxing walks through the streets of its historic center. Here you can visit the Duomo, the Spheristerion, Compagnoni Palace and others places of historical and artistic interest. Only then let yourself be tempted by the greedy traditional dishes served at family-run farmhouses and restaurants. In the hilly area of ​​the province, meat dishes are the main ingredients.
These include the Vincisgrossi, a particular variant of baked lasagna. Approaching the coast, fish-based recipes become a lot more frequent (even here excellent soups are prepared). Obviously, to complete every meal we find the characteristic White from the Macerata Hills.
Another particularly appreciated wine is lo Vernaccia di Serrapetrona sparkling wine, produced in the municipality of the same name and used to accompany dry desserts and pies with wild berries jam.

Culinary specialties in Ascoli and Surroundings: Olive all'ascolana and Rosso Piceno

Spend a day in the pretty town of Ascoli it is a pleasure for anyone.
The city stands out for its monumental wealth and above all for the evident beauty of Piazza del Popolo, One of the most beautiful squares in Italy.

Piazza del Popolo is the pivot around which the streets of Old Town, the latter entirely built in travertine marble. Ascoli is a perfect synthesis of architectural and artistic styles: from Romanesque to Gothic, from Renaissance to Baroque. Between main places of interest we find the Cathedral of Sant'Emidio, Ventidio Basso Theater Church of San Franscesco, Palace of the Capitani del Popolo, the Museums of the Papal Paper Mill.

At lunch you can enjoy a rich fried Ascolana, a dish consisting of lamb chops, artichokes, stuffed olives and fried "cremini"; accompanying it all with the best Piceno red.
Not far from Ascoli there is another important center from a food and wine point of view: the Municipality of Offida, a place linked to the Marche wine tradition.

Ancient flavors in the Province of Pesaro and Urbino

Finally, we propose a path in the Province of Pesaro-Urbino. Absolutely not to be missed are the two main cities, Pesaro and
Urbino. The Historic center of Urbino it has been recognized UNESCO humanitarian heritage, here you can find attractions such as the Ducal Palace National Gallery of the Marche Raphael's house, L 'Oratory of San Giovanni, Duomo Church of San Bernardino.

Equally noteworthy are the architectural pearls of Pesaro. Among all the artistic masterpieces the Ducal Palace, formerly inhabited by the Sforza family. In the Province of Pesaro-Urbino you can taste the Casciotta d'Urbino and the legendary Passatelli, a mixture of grated bread, egg yolks and Parmesan cheese, already appreciated by Maestro Giocchino Rossini, one of the greatest opera players in the history of music. Also excellent are the Cappelletti alla Pesaro and the Cannelloni alla Rossini, always dedicated to the great composer. Among the wine specialties you will find the Pesaresi Hills.

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