Marche Area Guide
Wedged between the verdant Apennines and a turquoise Adriatic, Le Marche is a varied region that is often described as being all of Italy in one Region. It is said that on a good day in spring it is possible to ski on the mountain slopes in the morning and swim in the Adriatic in the afternoon. The Apennine Mountains form the region's western border and offer some of its finest scenery, with large areas having been designated natural parks. Some are every bit as dramatic as the landscape of the Dolomites. Ancona, the regional capital, and central to the region’s coastline, has been a port for 3,000 years. North and south of the Ancona area the coastline is dotted with well-known resorts and beaches, including Pesaro, Fano, Senigallia, Sirolo and San Benedetto del Tronto to name a few.
Away from the seaside fun the most appealing and best-known town is the student-packed Urbino, with its spectacular Renaissance palace. Further south, the architecturally fascinating Macerata is a sleepy university town surrounded by lovely countryside, and, right on the regional border is the beautiful city of Ascoli Piceno which has a history to rival any Italian city. The lack of major urban areas, hilly landscape and narrow country roads combine to make Le Marche feel removed from the outside world. If you are looking for a peaceful location immersed in natural beauty, and far from the stresses of modern life, Marche may well be the place for you.
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