Marche Things to Do

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Marche Things to Do

  • Conero Natural Park

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    The best time for a walk through conero park is definitly spring, when it's not crowded yet and nature starts showing its colours.MOst organised excursions though start from latre may or even june as before, there is not enough request, but, if your porupouse is just a walk in the nature and some photography, then yoi can easily do that on your...

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  • Urbino

    Urbino rightly carries the glory of Renaissance gems - from Federico de Montefeltro's palace, the cathedral, the beautiful brick paved streets, palaces of wealthy merchants, small beautiful church to the courtyard with gardens.

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  • Genga, lovely and charming mountain...

    Genga is a charming little town on a hilltop northwest of Frasassi Caves. It is listed in the Bandiere Arancione, a reward for tourism, hospitality and environment. Pope Leo XII was born here and this means that two rooms in the museum which is located next to chiesa San Clemente are dedicated to his life and papacy. I have read that nearby there...

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  • Urbino: UNESCO heritage and more

    Urbino is one of Marche’s famous towns. It is listed in UNESCO’s heritage because of the important role the town played during Italian Renaissance time. This was mostly credit of the famous duke (duca in Italian) Federico da Montefeltro II who lived in 15th century, who has had Palazzo Ducale built and who made Urbino an important centre of...

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  • San Ginesio, one of Marche's Borghi più...

    San Ginesio is a little village in western Marche, north of Monte Sibillini National Park. It is small, only 4000 inhabitants, but has a beautiful atmosphere and several interesting buildings and museums. I visited this little town during my short roundtrip in May 2011, only over lunchtime. That is why I haven’t been inside the museums and churches...

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  • Colourful high plains of Colfiorito

    Almost on the border between western Marche and eastern Umbria lays the Plain of Colfiorito. The first time I heard of this high plain was after my first trip to Umbria in April 2008 and - to be more specific – after I wrote about Slow Food. I learned that the Slow Food enthusiasts have recultivated the small lentils up here on the plain, similar...

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  • In the middle of nowhere: a sanctuary

    The high plains of Macereto in western Marche have obviously been shepherds’ ground since many many centuries or even millennia. From what I have read, these high plains were also a main crossroad for pilgrims who travelled from Ancona (or Loreto, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Italy) to Rome and Napoli. In addition, the shepherds...

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  • Mysterious church near Sassoferrato

    Sassoferrato is a little hill town in western Marche near its border to Umbria. And nearby is an interesting church, which is said to once have been maybe one of the most important Templar churches in Europe. This church was a real find but I only realised its importance when I was back home and did try to find out more about it. With its location...

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  • Abbadia di Fiastra, interesting...

    South of Macerata town lays the enchanting natural reserve Abbadia di Fiastra. But it is more than just a natural reserve: it might be better described as a preservation of time and history. The land was given to Cistercian monks in 1142. They settled here, built church and monastery and worked on the huge farmland property. Abbadia di Fiastra was...

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  • San Leo – small charming hilltop village

    Some time ago, San Leo’s citizens have voted to belong to Emilia Romagna, so it is no longer located in Marche (and funnily enough our VT database lists it as in Umbria, where it was never located). But it is well worth a visit. San Leo is one of the many charming hilltop towns, located close to San Marino Republic and also to the seaside towns of...

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  • Grotte di Frasassi: fantastic cave world

    When I was planning my first trip to central Italy in 2008, I came across a book that mentioned Grotte di Frasassi being the biggest limestone cave complex in Italy and most probably of Europe. It was only discovered “recently”, 1975, and is still being explored by speleologists. Only 13 km of it is explored by now, but the specialists believe that...

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  • Fabriano: oh holy paper, Museo della...

    .. e della filigrana, which is the full name of this museum.When it comes to pilgrimages, Christians go to the Vatican, Muslims go to Mecca, Buddhists would go to Tibet if it would still exist (and not be massacred by Dragonland) and I go to the cradles of “industrialisation” or origins of ancient handicrafts. I was thrilled to learn that Fabriano...

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  • Senigallia

    After nearly a week spent inland, in Marche and neighbouring Umbria, it was nice to stay for a few days by the sea, here in Senigallia.We found a hotel and rooms with a view out over the Adriatic in the northern part of the town. Here, Senigallia is pure seaside, but we were to discover that it had an ancient heart. The town dates back to the...

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  • Osimo

    Osimo is, I’m sorry to say, another of those towns in Marche which we didn’t really do justice. What we saw, we loved, but we were here at the wrong time of day to visit what is probably its main attraction, the underground caves known as the città sotterranea. These are a maze of tunnels, catacomb-like, which connect some of the major buildings of...

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  • Offagna

    Offagna is a charming village – designated, with good reason, as one of the most beautiful ("piu bello") in Italy. The only thing that detracted from its charms as far as we were concerned was the fact that in May, when we visited, none of its several museums is open, except at the weekend. Nevertheless, we were able to occupy a pleasant hour...

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  • Fossombrone

    Pass through Fossombrone on the main road, the SS3 (on the line of the old Via Flaminia) and you will think it a pleasant Italian town – nothing more. But Fossombrone has a surprise for those who stop, as we did. Park your car and take a walk along the parallel pedestrianised street, Corso Guiseppe Garibaldi. This is lined with what might seem to...

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  • San Vincenzo del Furlo

    The abbey church of San Vincenzo del Furlo is situated towards the southern end of the Gola del Furlo. It is all that remains today of an ancient eighth century abbey that once occupied this tranquil site on the banks of the Candigliano river. The church was rebuilt in 1271, and seems largely untouched since that time. Its portal is simply but...

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  • Gola del Furlo

    The narrow Gola del Furlo was formed by the river Candigliano. It takes its name from the Latin forulum, meaning "small hole", because of the narrowness of the gorge. If you leave the main road, SP3, just north of Aqualagna you can drive through the gorge on a winding road that allows passengers at least to appreciate the magnificent scenery....

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  • Fonte Avellana

    It is hard to imagine a more beautiful location for an abbey than this. Nestled on a hillside among the trees, the Fonte Avellana Monastery seems almost to have grown up here out of the landscape, it fits so well. The monastery was founded in 980 by a group of hermits who lived by many of the precepts of San Romualdo, whom I have written about in...

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  • Pioraco

    This cannot be a proper review of Pioraco as we stopped here only briefly to take a few photos, but it has such a pretty setting that I wanted to share at least a little about it. The river Potenza runs through the town, emerging from its narrow gorge on its eastern edge. Just as the road through the gorge enters the first of several tunnels on the...

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  • Cerreto d'Esi

    We stopped in Cerreto d'Esi around lunch time, as it seemed a large enough place to find something to eat and also had an appealing old walled section at its heart, though it is much more of a bustling modern town in places than many others we visited in Marche. It proved to be a good choice for both eating and exploration.We parked in a convenient...

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  • Santa Maria delle Moie

    We didn't spend any significant time in Moie, and from what I saw as we drove though, it lacks the charms of many of its neighbouring villages and towns (though I may be doing it a disservice here). But we did stop to look briefly at the old abbey church of Santa Maria delle Moie. This 12th century abbey would, when it was built, have stood outside...

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  • Serra San Quirico

    One of the most interesting of Marche's hill-top towns is Serra San Quirico. Its surrounding wall is almost intact and is threaded through with covered passageways, known as copertelle, which would have afforded the residents with a safe route around the town even at times of attack and which today repay exploration by visitors who want to absorb...

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  • Abbey of Sant' Elena

    This Benedictine abbey was founded in 1005 by San Romualdo and became one of the richest and most important of the region. By the 12th century it owned around 50 churches and 10 other buildings including castles and villas. Today though the abbey church stands almost alone, with just a few outbuildings for company. Despite lying very close to a...

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  • Grotte di Frasassi

    Having driven past the Grotte di Frasassi last year, I was happy when on this visit Ingrid proposed including the caves on our itinerary - especially as the weather was wet and going underground seemed a good way to avoid it! It has to be said though that the start of your visit here is fairly unprepossessing. A large car park, a cluster of...

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  • Corinaldo

    One of the things I like most in Italy are the numerous hill-top towns that are scattered across the landscape - both an integral part of it and yet somehow standing aloof from it. Corinaldo is one such town, and a very pretty example at that – indeed, it has been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful villages of Italy (see the Borghi Italia...

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  • Cingoli

    Although we were only here briefly, and that mostly during a brief rain storm, I really liked what I saw of Cingoli. It is often referred to as the “Balcony of Marche” because of the panorama of the region that can be enjoyed from its ancient town walls. Even on a fairly gloomy day you can get some sense of this – how wonderful it must be on a...

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  • Arcevia

    I have to confess that we saw very little of Arcevia – just a few tantalising glimpses of a town nestled against a hillside. Two things thwarted our attempt to visit it properly. Firstly, some road-works as we entered the town meant that we couldn't take the most obvious route in. And secondly, when we drove up the hill to get a view down over the...

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  • Around Lago Cingoli: like paradise

    The lake between Marche villages of Cingoli and Apiro is an artificial one. With its shape - several arms rather than being roundish - it is a real nice place to relax and do some hiking or water sports. The lake is called Lago Cingoli on several maps but also Lago di Castreccioni. Castreccioni is the name of the little hamlet directly after the...

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  • Ancona

    Our visit to Ancona was something of a happy accident. We were propelled here by convenience, but found an atmospheric old city worthy of a visit in its own right. We stayed in a hotel by the station for a night prior to me leaving for Milan early the next morning, and took the opportunity to explore – and were so glad that we did. An...

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  • Frasassi Gorge

    The deep wooded Frasassi Gorge winds its way through the Apennines on the western side of the Parco Naturale Regionale Gola della Rossa e di Frasassi. It is a classic example of a karst landscape excavated by water erosion over millennia; the river has shaped this land, creating its dramatic rocky cliffs and majestic caves. We drove through here on...

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  • San Vittore alle Chiuse

    The abbey of San Vittore alle Chiuse sits in a beautiful setting, while its own beauty lies in its simplicity, set against the mountains behind. It dates back to the year 1011, and is a noteworthy example of Byzantine-influenced architecture in Italy. It is quite plain and very solid looking – easy to believe that it has stood here for all those...

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  • Fabriano

    I had read about a rather special Fabriano museum on Ingrid’s page and was really keen to visit, so I was pleased when she suggested that our day out from Gubbio might take in the town. And the Museo della carta e della filigrana (Museum of paper and watermarks) was definitely the highlight of the couple of hours we spent in the town. It is located...

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  • Santa Croce

    On an afternoon excursion from Gubbio we visited this fascinating old church near Sassoferrato. I had already read about it on Ingrid’s Sassoferrato page, and was keen to see it for myself – plus, Ingrid had heard that this Saturday the church (which is usually closed to visitors) would be open while they prepared for a special procession and Mass...

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  • The historic city of Urbino

    The famous renaissance city of Urbino, the birthplace of Raphaello is well worth a visit. The city is full of steep narrow streets leading to piazzas, few cars are allowed into the city, so it is a pleasant, healthy and interesting walk. The Duke's palace is a large imposing building and the centre piece of the walled city. The palace contains two...

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  • Spring

    The best time for a walk through conero park is definitly spring, when it's not crowded yet and nature starts showing its colours.MOst organised excursions though start from latre may or even june as before, there is not enough request, but, if your porupouse is just a walk in the nature and some photography, then yoi can easily do that on your...

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  • walkings

    There are several ways to explore Conero park, probably the best thing you can do, is going to local information office and ask for routes and eventual planned guided tours, usually in summer there are weekly interesting tours.

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  • Incredible caves

    If you go to this region you have to make time to see the Frasassi caves. They were only discovered in 1971 and are truly a natural wonder. They are one of the lagest cave systems in Europe and are magnificent. The tourguide spoke only in Italian, but then again we seemed to be the only non Italians there. It didn't matter anyway. You pick out a...

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  • If you like Military Architecture, Try...

    Being a border area as the name Marches implies, there were many self-governing communites in ancient times. By the 14th and 15th centuries, these communities became independent states that were ruled by powerful families. Thus, the reason for so many castles, palaces, and fortresses. To build such structures, military architects were important.In...

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  • Most Naturally Attractive Town: Sirolo

    I think that the small town of Sirolo was the prettiest town that we visited in the Le Marche. It just seems to "teeter above the sea". It's a pristine, elegant little place with narrow alley-ways, unique little shops and workshops, terrific restaurants that serve delicious fresh seafood, and extraordinary people.It's also the headquarters to the...

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  • Favorite Place in Le Marche

    My personal favorite places in Le Marche Region in Italy were Ascoli Piceno, Sirolo, Cagli, Urbania, but ASCOLI PICENO was perhaps my all-time favorite.ASCOLI PICENOThis "Travertine City" with its historical center is compact and unique. This travertine stone is used in simple dwellings, churches, public buildings, as well as the the pavement of...

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  • Recanati

    A definitly small town with a nice medieval historical centre.Recanati would not be famous if here wasn't born one of the best italian poets: Giacomo Leopardi.Not only he was born here but also he wrote a lot about this town in his poetries, so, now corners of the cities that else would be anonimous, are extremely interested only because described...

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  • Urbino

    Urbino is another interesting old renaissance town in the Marche. it's located on top of a hill, and is most famous for being the home of a well-known university, the painter Raphael and many churches and palaces. Worth visiting are the the Ducal Palace and the Fortress of Albornoz, too.

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  • Recanati

    Recanati lives out of the cult of Giacomo Leopardi, the famous Italian writer. But this charming old town has a lot more to offer than just Leopardi's house and library. For example, in the main square, there's an impressive tower (torre antica) a nice church (chiesa di Sant'Agostino) and obviously a lepardi statue. For music lovers a must see is...

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  • Porto Recanati

    Porto Recanati is also a sleepy charming little town for most of the year, with roughly 10000 inhabitants. Off-season it's a really cosy place to be: beaches are empty, streets and roads not crowded, people friendly and unstressed. Porto means harbour in English, but Porto Recanati, strangely, doesn't have a harbour - nor has it ever had one....

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Marche Hotels

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  • G Hotel

    We stayed at the G Hotel for one night only for a stopover while driving from Milan to the South of...

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  • Mamiani Hotel

    Via Bernini 6, Urbino, 61100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Residenza 100 Torri

    Via C. Mazzoni, 6, Ascoli Piceno, 63100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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