Rambling around a twisting and turning 100-mile coastline, enveloping ancient hilltop villages to rival those of Tuscany, Istria and Provence, Le Marche in Italy is an incredible region to explore.
Being one of Italy’s lesser known areas one tends to assume it might be more economical to the tourist than the likes of Tuscany and Umbria. While this may or may not be the case, being less well-known typically means less crowded, which certainly augments Le Marche’s appeal. Stretching around 100 miles of the Adriatic coast, Umbria is blessed with vast stretches of golden sands, intermittently broken up by quirky coves and dramatic cliffs, which for much of the year, remain relatively empty.
And it’s not just the region’s fringe that provides an exhilarating discovery of stunning natural beauty – Its interior boasts square mile after square mile of lush rolling hills, plunging valleys and rich farming terrain, lightly scattered with bustling market towns, sleepy hamlets and ‘one-horse’ villages. Between this network of towns and villages where time has almost stood still, Le Marche’s two cultural powerhouses can be found – Ascoli Piceno and Urbino. [...]