Le Marche Region is located in the center of Italy and overlooks the Adriatic Sea. It is made up of five “provinces” named after the respective chief towns which are Pesaro-Urbino, Ancona capital of the Region, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. Le Marche is the only Italian region with a plural name.
The territory is characterized by the presence of the Apennine Mountains, however the typical landscape of Marche is one of the gentle hills spanning to the sea which gives the visitors a succession of colorful and lush farming landscape.
Le Marche’s beaches alternate between smooth and fine stretches of sand and those jagged with rocky stones which are wet by the crystal and clear water of the Adriatic Sea.
It is not a coincidence that Marche counts 16 Bandiere Blu (Blue Flags), as a support to the clean and clear water you may run into in this region. Among the beaches it is worth to mention Senigallia, Falconara Marittima, Porto San Giorgio and San Benedetto del Tronto.
The most majestic mountains of the region are called “Monte Vettore” and “Monte della Priora”, both part of the massive Sibillini mountains, and the “Monte Tabor” in the province of Macerata which inspired the verses of the poem “L’Infinito” by Giacomo Leopardi. Last but not least, the “Monte Conero” 572 meters high, which dives into the Adriatic Sea.
There are not only beaches (seashores) in the Marche Region, but also medieval villages that peek out from the hills where time seems to have stood still and where the quality of life and the architectural harmony of the shapes are the object of acknowledgements like Bandiere Arancioni (Orange Flags). The most evocative locations are: Genga, Ostra, Corinaldo, Mondavio, Gradara, Mercatello on Metauro, Monterubbiano, Sarnano, Ripatransone, Montelupone, Acquaviva, San Ginesio, Urbisaglia, Montecassiano, Stafford, Camerino and Pievebovigliana.
Therefore, the region is characterized by the unique beauty, which made this land so proud and rich of great historical personalities, from Giacomo Leopardi to Raffaello, from Giovan Battista Pergolesi to Gioachino Rossini, and from Federico II to Papa Sisto V that here were born.