Though the beaches of Le Marche are relatively unknown to foreign tourists, Italian flock by the thousands to this coastline in the summer. By far, the most sardine-can-packed conditions occurs around the mid-August Ferragosto holiday, when the cities empty out and Italians flee to the beach.
Getting There and Getting Around - Many guides tell you that you need a car to get around Le Marche, but if you are staying on the coast, public transportation is a viable option. The Italian state rail network operates high-speed frecciabianca trains between Milan and Lecce, in southern Abruzzo, passing through Ancona, the main coastal city in Le Marche. From Ancona, regional trains and buses connect to other cities along the coast. If you choose to rent a car when you arrive in Italy, the main coastal highway, Autostada 14, runs along the coast slightly inland, with minor roads connecting to the beaches. A little rougher, though more scenic, Strada Statale 16 runs directly along the coast, just darting inland around the elevated area south of Ancona.
Beach Towns - Eleven of Le Marche's beach towns have Blue Flag beaches: Civitanova Marche, Fano, Gabicce Mare, Grottammare, Numana, Pesaro, Porto Recanati, Porto San Giorgio, San Benedetto del Tronto, Senigallia and Sirolo. An international non-profit awards this designation to beaches based on their environmental management and education, safety services and superior water quality.
Protected Areas - The Parco Regionale di Monte Conero (parcodelconero.com) near Ancona, is a coastal regional park, includes three towns: Portonovo, Numana and Sirolo. Within the park, undeveloped beaches and their surrounding green hills lure in hikers and beachgoers who prefer seclusion, personal space and stunning vistas.