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The Marche region is often underestimated but its territory, characterized by the presence of the mountains and the sea, offers indescribable beauties including some of the winners most beautiful villages in Italy.

NB: The following list is the result of a survey that actively involved Community members. Over 10.000 users were asked to express 20 preferences, choosing from the proposals of the editorial staff.

Index

  1. Gradara, Pesaro and Urbino
  2. Monteccassiano, Macerata
  3. Offagna, Ancona
  4. Offida, Ascoli Piceno
  5. Treia, Macerata
  6. Corinaldo, Ancona
  7. Montefiore dell'Aso, Ascoli Piceno
  8. Mondolfo, Pesaro and Urbino
  9. Grottammare, Ascoli Piceno
  10. San Ginesio, Macerata
  11. Genga, Ancona
  12. Cupra Marittima, Ascoli Piceno
  13. Osimo, Ancona
  14. Urbania, Pesaro-Urbino
  15. Loreto, Ancona
  16. San Benedetto del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno
  17. Senigallia, Ancona
  18. Frontino, Pesaro-Urbino
  19. Moresco, Fermo
  20. Caldarola, Macerata
  21. User questions and comments

1- Gradara, Pesaro and Urbino

Located in the hinterland of the Marche-Romagna Riviera, a short distance from the sea but overlooking the hills, the village of Gradara is known for the Malatesta fortress: where the famous Paolo and Francesca, the lovers mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy, are said to have died. This, together with the fortified village and the city walls, were restored at the beginning of the th century, and represent, one of the most characteristic examples of medieval architecture.



  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to September for the climate; in winter the snow gives a particular charm to its fortress; in May the village is filled with flowers; in San Valentino it is the ideal destination
  • What to see in and around the city: Rocca Malatestiana; the walkways of Ronda; historical museum of Gradare; the walk of lovers; the Garden of Olives. The city of Pesaro is 18 minutes away
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2 - Monteccassiano, Macerata

Of Roman origin, the village of Monteccassiano, during the Middle Ages, took part in the clash between Recanatesi and Ghibellines, siding with the latter: a choice at the basis of many conflicts with the surrounding municipalities. Still enclosed between high medieval walls, and nestled in the hills of Macerata, Montecassiano is not only among the most beautiful villages in Italy, but also boasts the Orange Flag: a tourist-environmental quality mark awarded by the Italian Touring Club.



  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to September for the climate; first weekend of June for the Svincolando festival, in July during the Palio dei Terrier, a famous historical reinterpretation
  • What to see in and around the city: walls and historic doors; piazza Unità d'Italia; Priory palace; Old Town; altar by Della Robbia in the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The city of Macerata is 17 minutes away
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3 - Offagna, Ancona

In the village of Offagna time seems to have stopped in the Middle Ages. Born as a place of protection and defense, the village is dominated by the Rocca, built by the people of Ancona in order to defend their dominion over the various surrounding territories. Today the fortress hosts the permanent arms exhibition "Hunters and Warriors from stone to steel". Despite the few historical findings, the perfect conservation and the architecture of the noble palaces attest to its significant importance which, has made Offagna one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and was awarded by May 2013 of the orange flag.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; July for the medieval festivals
  • What to see in and around the city: Fortress of Offagna; Castle; liberation museum; villa Montegallo; the natural science museum. The city of Ancona is only 15 km away
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4 - Offida, Ascoli Piceno

Enclosed within the walls of the castle, located on a rock between the Tesino and Tronto valleys, Offida is part of the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Known for the art of bobbin lace, inside the panoramic square, the entrance door to the old part, the remains of the fifteenth-century fortress, and the Monument to the Lace Makers. The making of lace has been and still is such a widespread and important activity that a museum has been dedicated to it. Also, it is not uncommon, walking around the center to be able admire the ladies at work, equipped with small wooden spindles.



  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; from January 17th to Ash Wednesday, on the occasion of Carnival; in September for the Offida Opera Festival and Di Vino in Vino
  • What to see in and around the city: church of Santa Maria della Rocca; Sanctuary of Sant'Agostino; Church of the Madonna del Suffragio; monastery of San Marco; Town Hall; Serpente Aureo Theater. In seven minutes by car you can reach the nearby Borgo Miriam
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5 - Treia, Macerata

The village of Treia owes its name to that of the goddess Trea-Jana, a divinity of Greek-Sicilian origin who was venerated here. Situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by imposing medieval walls, e immersed in a natural landscape really impressive. Founded by the Picenei, the ancient Treia stood in the area of ​​the Sanctuary of the Santissimo Crocifisso, where today the shape of an amphitheater is visible inside a field while, walking through the town, it is possible to find fragments from the Roman era, in addition to those inserted inside the walls of the convent.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; from 30 August to 2 September for the feast in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua; from 15 to 24 September for the Polenta Festival; October 31 for the Feast of All Saints
  • What to see in and around the city: Georgic Academy; Municipal Art Gallery; Archaeological Museum; Municipal Theater; Co-cathedral of the Santissima Annunziata; Villa Spada or Villa La Quiete. The city of Macerata is 22 minutes away
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6 - Corinaldo, Ancona

Corinaldo is located in the hinterland of Senigallia, on the top of a hill overlooking the Nevola river. The toponym is probably the result of the transformation of the ancient "Curia di Rinaldo", the name given to the settlement in the Lombard period. Wine land famous for its Verdicchio, it was the birthplace of Santa Maria Goretti, and today it presents a wall dating back to the fourteenth century, among the best preserved. It has long been included in the "borghi d'Italia" club and has officially earned the title of most beautiful village in 2007.



  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; the third weekend of July for the "Contesa del pozzo della polenta"
  • What to see in and around the city: Walls of Corinaldo; Town Hall; Sanctuary of Santa Maria Goretti; "Carlo Goldoni" Municipal Theater; Cesarini-Romualdi Palace; Bell tower of the demolished church of San Pietro. 25 minutes away is the city of Senigallia
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7 - Montefiore dell'Aso, Ascoli Piceno

The toponym Montefiore originates from the cult of the Goddess Flora: a rural divinity venerated by the ancient Italic populations. Thanks to some historical finds it was possible to trace the birth of Montegiore back toprehistoric age, to then grow under the Roman domination, as evidenced by the presence of land centuriations and necropolises. Then, during the Middle Ages, the populations of the countryside felt the need to get married towards the ridge to escape from the Goths and here, they founded fortifications and castles. Thus the castles of Montefiore and Aspramonte were born in the area, which in 1178 merged into a single nucleus that became a free municipality.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; January 6 for the valeggio sul mincio and on the occasion of the Christmas events in December
  • What to see in and around the city: church of San Francesco; Collegiate Church of Santa Lucia; Church of San Filippo Neri; Corpus Domini church and convent; Birthplace of the painter Adolfo De Carolis; Alessandra; statue of the Apulian sculptor Riccardo Tidei. In 23 minutes you can reach Grottammare
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8 - Mondolfo, Pesaro and Urbino

The historic hilltop village of Mondolfo is made up of two cities in one, given its continuation of the coastal town of Marotta. The fusion of two cultures, the maritime and the rural one, is reflected in the typical culinary products, based on bean curd, fish and garagoj. The ancient village, surrounded by greenery, has some double walls, which house a series of buildings dating back to different periods. The particular attention shown towards the environment, and the particular sensitivity shown by the inhabitants, earned Mondolfo the Spiga Verde award.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; on the occasion of the various Christmas events held in December
  • What to see in and around the city: Castellane walls; Municipality of Mondolfo; Bastion of Sant'Anna; Giraldi Della Rovere Palace; Peruzz Palace; Remembrance Park and War Memorial. In eight minutes you reach the coastal town of Torrette
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9 - Grottammare, Ascoli Piceno

The origins of Grottammare are very ancient. On its territory they were discovered remains dating back to the Neolithic, And a necropolis of the Piceno period. From the seventeenth century Grottammare began its expansion towards the sea, and its fortified walls have resisted attacks from neighboring communities and pirates. The Roman derivations of the village are still evident, divided by two main axes, at the intersection of which the forum was located: these lines can be identified from the current via Marconi and Cairoli and in that of corso Mazzini with the intersection of Piazza Pericle Fazzini.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; 1 July on the occasion of the Sacred Jubilee; November 11 for the San Martino Fair; the first Sunday after Easter for the feast of Sant'Aureliano martyr
  • What to see in and around the city: church of Santa Maria ai Monti; Church of Santa Lucia; church of San Martino; church of Sant'Agostino; the walls. In 23 minutes you can reach the nearby village of Montefiore dell'Aso
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10 - San Ginesio, Macerata

Already inhabited in Roman times, with an urban cross plan, the village of San Ginesio, among the most beautiful villages in Italy, owes its name to the patron saint: a Christian martyr whose remains are preserved inside the Collegiate Church, the most important monument. Located close to the Sibillini mountains, and awarded the Orange Flag, San Ginesio has a medieval urban layout, enclosed within walls that still preserve intact walkways, walls and towers, and is part of the Sibillini National Park.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; the "Return of the Exiles", a historical re-visitation that takes place in San Ginesio every three years, every year in the month of August the historical re-enactment of the battle of Fornarina is celebrated
  • What to see in and around the city: wall; church of San Francesco; church of San Gregorio Hospital of the Pilgrims of San Paolo; Collegiate Church of San Ginesio. In 21 minutes you can reach the Abbadia di Fiastra Nature Reserve
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11 - Genga, Ancona

Small village in the Marche region in the province of Ancona immersed in the greenery and nature of the Frasassi Caves and surrounded by solid walls, it is center of legends and stories. It is said that a girl named Genga fell in love with an Alemannic named Gallo and together they created the Genga dynasty.
Beyond this, the small town is known for theAbbey of San Vittore alle Chiuse, for the karst caves and for the Tempio del Valadier and the Hermitage of Santa Maria Infra Saxa, two structures inside a cave.

  • Ideal time for a visit: the best months are those between May and September, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is scarce
  • What to see in and around the city: medieval castle of Genga with characteristic alleys and streets, Museum of Sacred Art, Frasassi Caves, Tempio del Valadier, Sanctuary of the Madonna di Frasassi, Abbey of San Vittore. It is 68 km from Ancona
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12 - Cupra Marittima, Ascoli Piceno

Once called Marano, Cupra Marittima is a small town on the Adriatic Riviera delle Palme and is characterized by a nice sandy beach of 2 km bathed by a clean and warm sea.
While at first glance it may seem like a typical summer resort, it actually hides a story and has a lot to offer. Don't miss the Medieval village of Marano which can be reached on foot from the town center consisting of ancient walls, old houses, museums, places of historical interest and from where you can see various panoramic points.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October to also experience the sea; the period of December is perfect to feel immersed in the atmosphere of the living nativity scene
  • What to see in and around the city: Ancient village of Marano, Archaeological Museum of the territory, Poliscene nativity scene of Spanish art in the church of SS Annunziata, Roman Villa "Ninfeo", Malacological Museum. It is 46 km from Ascoli Piceno
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13 - Osimo, Ancona

A medium-large town in the province of Ancona, a few kilometers from the Conero Riviera, Osimo has a historic center that extends over two hills side by side.
With a millennial history the town, once considered the most important center of Piceno, is surrounded by Roman walls from 174 BC Visiting the center you can discover several artistic and historical treasures that will take you back in time.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all year round, even if spring, summer and autumn are the best times; the first week of August then the Festa del Covo takes place in the hamlet of Campocavallo di Osimo, a religious event not to be missed
  • What to see in and around the city: Historic center, Fonte Magna, Lapidarium, underground city, Cathedral of San Leopardo and Santa Tecla, Garden of Piazza Nuova, Diocesan Museum, "La Nuova Fenice" Theater. It is 20 km from Ancona
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14 - Urbania, Pesaro-Urbino

In the Marche hinterland, the village of Urbania, rich in history, traditions and art, was born in the Middle Ages with the name of Castel delle Ripe and was first destroyed by Galasso da Montefeltro and then rebuilt during the papacy of Guglielmo Durante.
This village offers its visitors the opportunity to experience nature, history, and learn about the local gastronomy among palaces, churches and shops. Do not miss the surroundings where the Barco Ducale surrounded by a large green area.

  • Ideal time for a visit: Throughout the year, but every 6th January, the Befana Festival takes place which is characterized by demonstrations, events and shows.
  • What to see in and around the city: Palazzo Ducale with the Civic Museum and Museum of the History of Agriculture of Handicraft, Leonardi Museum, Barco Ducale, Church of the Dead, Old Town with Ponte dei coppi, Cathedral. It is 53 km from Pesaro-Urbino
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15 - Loreto, Ancona

Municipality of the province of Ancona, Loreto is famous for its Basilica of the Holy House which houses the famous relic of Nazareth where, according to history, the Virgin Mary was born and lived and is one of the place of pilgrimage Marian of the Catholic world.
The small town is perched on top of the Monte Prodo and surrounded by olive groves; from the village you can admire a splendid panorama that ranges from the Adriatic Sea to Monte Conero up to the Umbrian-Marchigiano Apennines.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October when temperatures allow you to enjoy the town while winters are particularly cold. In June there is the fried fish festival, a festival with shows and culinary events. On the night between 9 and 10 December, however, "the fires of the Coming" are lit
  • What to see in and around the city: the Holy Stairs, Basilica of the Holy House, walkways, Ancient Treasure Museum of the Holy House, Piazza della Madonna, Church of the Weather vane. It is 31 km from Ancona
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16 - San Benedetto del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno

Located along the southern Adriatic coast, belonging to the Riviera delle Palme, San Benedetto del Tronto is a famous tourist center as well as a fishing port. Although little is known of its origins, several archaeological finds have been found in San Benedetto del Tronto and its past is visible in churches, museums and palaces.
Ideal for those looking for a seaside destination in summer, it is also the right place to spend a short weekend, immersing yourself in the sea and culture.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to the end of September the period is ideal for enjoying the sea; on 13 October the Patron Saint San Benedetto Martire is celebrated, with processions and stalls. The three Sundays before Lent, then the San Benedetto carnival takes place and the last Sunday of July the Madonna della Marina is celebrated with processions of boats, blessings and processions
  • What to see in and around the city: Cathedral of Santa Maria della Marina, Church of San Giuseppe & Mandracchio, Torrione dei Gualtieri, Monument to the Fisherman, Monument to the Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Faro. It is 43 km from Ascoli Piceno
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17 - Senigallia, Ancona

Great center of the Marche and lively tourist resort overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Senigallia is famous above all for its velvet beach, the Rotonda sul Mare and the Rocca Roveresca.
The historic center has an urban setting typical of Roman cities and was founded on a hill south of the Misa river. Here they are also organized numerous events which every year attract visitors from all over the world intrigued by the events and architecture.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October is the best time because the temperatures are also optimal for enjoying the sea. The last week of July takes place the Summer Jamboree, a music festival that involves the entire city. At the end of August, the S.Agostino Fair with over 500 exhibitors, while the last week of September there is the international event "Pane Nostrum"
  • What to see in and around the city: Cathedral, Convent and Museum of the History of Sharecropping "Sergio Anselmi", Diocesan Art Gallery, Rocca Roveresca, Rotonda a Mare, Foro Annonario of Senigallia, velvet beach and promenade. It is 29 km from Ancona
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18 - Frontino, Pesaro-Urbino

Municipality of only 280 inhabitants in the heart of the Marche region, Frontino was included among the most beautiful villages in Italy in 2014 and 2016 he obtained the Orange Flag of the TCI.
Romantic location on the edge of the Sasso Simone and Simoncello Natural Park, as well as having an undisputed charm it is a village rich in history with breathtaking views and a view that sweeps across the surrounding valleys.
Ideal for a weekend of culture and gastronomy.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October, when the climate and sunny days invite you to discover the beauties of the place. The black truffle fair takes place on the first weekend of August, also in August there is the International Scarecrow Festival and the bean festival on the first Sunday of September.
  • What to see in and around the city: Civic tower, Titano Theater, Franco Assetto museum, Rocca Malatesta, city church of Saints Peter and Paul, monumental complex of Montefiorentino, Monastery of San Girolamo. It is 62 km from Pesaro Urbino
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19 - Moresco, Fermo

Inserted between the most beautiful villages in Italy, Moresco is a small town in the Marche region in the province of Fermo inserted in an area planted with vines and sunflowers. Built on the top of a hill about 400 meters high, it is divided into an area inside the walls and one outside.
From its center you can admire a beautiful panorama which includes the Adriatic (on clear days you can also see Albania), Monte Conero, Maiella and Gran Sasso.
Don't miss the medieval area rich in history and art!

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October, when temperatures and low rainfall allow you to go around the village. It should also be remembered that at the end of July, in odd years, the "medieval dinner" is set up; on 10 August there is the feast of the patron saint San Lorenzo Martire, in August the festival of polenta with clams is organized and at the end of October the feast of the brazier.
  • What to see in and around the city: Sanctuary of the Madonna della Salute, Heptagonal Tower and TO.MAV Room, Art Gallery of the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, Clock Tower, Santa Sofia Theater. It is 11 km from Fermo
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20 - Caldarola, Macerata

A village with a mysterious charm, Caldarola, in the Marche hinterland, sinks its own origins in the Middle Ages, even if its architecture was modified with the arrival of Pope Sixtus V who gave the town a more Renaissance aspect. Its castle was inhabited, albeit for short periods, by numerous famous people, such as Pope Clement VIII and Queen Christina of Sweden.
Unfortunately, many historical and artistic attractions of Caldarola were destroyed or damaged during the earthquake of 2016 and today, some, such as the Castle, are closed to the public because they are being rebuilt.

  • Ideal time for a visit: March, April, May and autumn, in addition to the periods of events such as the Giostra de la Castela (first week of August), the Via Crucis which takes place on the night of Good Friday, the feast of the patron saint, 11 November
  • What to see in and around the city: Collegiate Church of San Martino, Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Monte, Monastery of the Lateran Regular Canoichesse, Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, Palace of the Pallotta Cardinals, Castle of the Pallotta Counts in Caldarola, Vestignano Castle, Croce Castle, Palazzo Sparapani, Antiquarium archaeological museum of Pievefavera. It is 33 km from Macerata
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