Travel Tuesdays: Le Marche – The Marches

The region Marche is located in the central area of the country. Its territory is mostly comprised of hills and mountains; the region embraces the Adriatic side of the Umbria-Marche Appennines, and on its west side there’s the Adriatic sea with its sandy beaches. Its territory is spread with small town that preserved their historical heritage with medieval buildings as well as roman streets and ruins.

Panoramica AnconaThe city of Ancona is the capital of the region. Thanks to its particular position youl’ll be able to enjoy both sunrise and sunset by the sea. The city is divided in two parts, with the modern part on the sea and the historic part on Monte Guasco. In Ancona, you can visit the National Museum of Archaeology, the Trajan Arch,  the cathedral of S. Ciriaco andand the Mole Vanvitelliana, a military construction designed by Luigi Vanvitelli in the 18th Century.

If you move west towards the hill you’ll find the city of Urbino.  city of crucial importance for this area, that was once under the Papal States. Its university is over 500 years old, and its good reputation still attracts students from all over the country and  abroad. The historical centre is part of the UNESCO heritage sites, and the best way to enjoy the city is to walk around its narrow old streets. Some important monuments and buildings are Palazzo Ducale, the Dome, the Oratorio of S. Giovanni, Raffaello‘s house. If you climb up to the Fortezza, you’ll be able to enjoy a nice panoramic view over the city and its surroundings.

Monte Vettore e Valle del Lago PilatoIn the area of Ascoli Piceno, there are many little towns worth visiting, like Montalto delle Marche, Offida, and Arquata del Tronto, a common starting point for many excursions on the Monti Sibillini. This area is also perfect for those who love wine and food tours: you’ll be able to taste the local truffles, honey, cheese, olive oil, and a variety of 15 to 20 regional wines.

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