Marche, between sea and hills.
On one side the Apennines, on the other the Adriatic coast; in the middle, endless sweet hills on whose top are located the ancient villages protected by solid city walls. This is the photograph of the territory of the Marche, a region to discover; a region little known, but of an enchanting beauty; positioned in the center of Italy and pointed to east, it has always been considered the “gateway to the East” of the BelPaese.
Inhabited by just over one and a half million inhabitants distributed in five provinces, from north to south, Pesaro-Urbino, Ancona, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. Mostly made up of small municipalities, just think that only one in four counts more than five thousands people. Each town is characteristic and different from one another; as is indicated in the name of the region, the only one with the plural name, the Marche region is proud of its identity.
Land of talents
Land of great personalities, from the poet Giacomo Leopardi to the Renaissance painter and architect Raffaello Sanzio, from the mathematician and cartographer Padre Matteo Ricci to the composers Gaspare Spontini, Giovan Battista Pergolesi and Gioacchino Rossini up to Emperor Frederick II of Sweden.
Nature and charm
10% of the regional territory is protected: national and regional parks, nature reserves, floristic areas, state-owned forests and environmental education centers. The mountain area consists of different mountain chains, as Montefeltro, Catria, San Vicino and Sibillini. Ski lovers will find equipped facilities where they can have fun during the winter. Monte Vettore, with its 2,476 meters, is the highest mountain; the lowest, is Monte Conero, measuring just 572 meters; this is the only stretch of rocky coast from Trieste to the Gargano, which divides the Adriatic coast into exactly two parts .
The hilly area, which covers two thirds of the entire regional territory, represents a fusion between the natural aspects and the transformations carried out by man. The hills look like waves that chase each other to the sea creating a spectacular alternation of colors thanks to the various crops. Ancient villas or manor houses have been restored and used as agritourisms where it is possible to stay by taking relaxing moments, buying typical local products and tasting the typical dishes of the Marche cuisine.
Finally, the coastal area, consisting of 180 kms of coast, is different in shapes and colors: the white cliffs overlook the blue of the Adriatic Sea, alternating with the green of the hills with, at the top, the high villages of the seaside villages. The coast is composed of sand, clay and river sediments. There are two straight and flat stretches divided from the Monte Conero in the center of the region. There are numerous parallel water courses that flow into the Adriatic Sea. In some areas the passage of water has marked the landscape and it is possible to admire the ravines, deep furrows in the sandstone ground dug by the passage of rainwater. Some rivers cause waterfalls and rapids that have formed spectacular gorges. Water is the protagonist not only of the scenic beauty on the outside, but also in the subsoil, where the rivers sink into the water creating large underground spaces such as the Frasassi Caves, one of the most interesting and well-known karstic space in Italy. The only natural lake in the Marche region is the lake of Pilate which has inspired numerous legends: the other lakes in the Marche region are artificial. Canoeing, kayaking, rafting and canyoning are just some of the experiences that can be practice.
An unforgettable journey …
Culture, sport, relaxation, fun, shopping, tastings, walks … a region, multiple possibilities! In short, an unforgettable journey to spend in one of the beautiful private villas with swimming pool or in the characteristic apartments and holiday homes together with family, friends and children.