Known as ‘Italy in one region’, it has retained its authenticity and remains one of the very few places in Italy to have escaped mass tourism despite its miles of untamed coastlines, medieval hilltop towns full of art and culture, it’s hidden beaches, its patchwork quilt countryside, its three national parks - it really is a secret slice of Italy. It’s a must if you have already ‘done’ Italy or for gourmet travellers, culture vultures and nature lovers alike and if you really want to experience true, authentic Italy.
There are so many reasons to visit Le Marche, from cuisine and wine, to art and culture, and all points in between. Food is a fundamental part of any holiday experience wherever you travel in Italy. La Cucina Marchigiana is influenced by the land and sea with its combination of fertile farmlands and the nearby Adriatic coast. Le Marche wines are making their mark on the world-stage and are now being taken seriously. Each year the list of excellent wines from Le Marche just keeps growing. With over 250 art galleries and museums to choose from you are sure to find something of interest. Le Marche is the birthplace of many talented artists and where the Renaissance first took root and is blessed with many works of art by such masters as Rubens, Raphael, Tiepolo and Titian. Picturesque towns and villages throughout the region are perched on the top of the rolling hills and with views across the patchwork quilt countryside to the coast and the imposing mountains. With 23 voted as among the most beautiful in Italy you are spoilt for choice. Meander through the cobbled streets, visit the piazza, stop for a coffee and experience the slow rhythm of authentic daily life as you watch the world go by. There are 180 km of coastline known as the Riviera del Conero and the Riviera del Palme. The Frassasi Caves: an impressive array of stalactites and stalagmites spread along 1500 metres of limestone caverns. If you want to see true artisans at work Le Marche is not to be missed.