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Le Marche among the favourite hidden Italian gems of the Telegraph readers

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Musical chairs and mountain mishaps in the Apennines

Collamato, near beautiful Fabriano in the Marche, crowns a foothill of the Apennines. We went for my stepson’s wedding. In our apartment, attached to the castle walls, a lizard skidded frantically on tiles buckled by the recent earthquake. I helped the old ladies of the village prepare paninis for the reception in the village hall, where the Irish and English taught the Italians to play musical chairs. The language barrier was overcome by smiles and gestures.

We had a week of fun, visiting elegant Urbino one day, the dramatic limestone caves of Sassoferrato another, eating in hilltop restaurants and getting lost in the mountains.

Returning years later to stay with our daughter-in-law’s mother, we were welcomed as Padre di Tom and Mama Due, and plied with wine made from his own grapes by Honorio, the shopkeeper. The two breakages during musical chairs game had been forgiven.

Annabel Bailey, Berkshire


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Well it certainly is our favourite place to be and we never get tired of the stunning surroundings. Do come and see for yourselves. We still have some availability for this summer http://hideawaylemarche.com
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, August 9, 2016 2:01 AM

Annabel Bailey from Berkshire seems to be enchanted by the warm, authentic Italian atmosphere of the Le Marche villages and towns.

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Le Marche among the 10 Secret Beaches in Italy - by Ryanair Travel Blog

Le Marche among the 10 Secret Beaches in Italy - by Ryanair Travel Blog | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it
Wave arrivederci to crowds of tourists, gridlocked traffic and over-priced gelato. We’ve tracked down 10 of Italy’s most beautiful sea-side hideaways for you to discover this summer. Puglia     Famous for being the stiletto heel on the ‘boot’ of Italy, Puglia’s sunny coastline is popular with in-the-know Italians looking for a quiet patch of sand …

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We have lived full time in Le Marche for the last 9 years, since buying and renovating our 300 year old farmhouse in 2001. We now share our home with our wonderful guests who come to experience the beauty of the region. The Hideaway http://hideawaylemarche.com near Amandola has three apartments with something to suit everyone. It really is a wonderful, unspoilt place and so few tourist have yet to discover the beauty of Marche. Please do come and see for yourself - the stunning Conero National Park, just south from Ancona and the wonderful wild mussels, which can be eaten straight on the beach. Portonovo is one of the very few places they still grow wild. From here, don't forgot to explore inland and the Sibillini National Park. Hike all day in beautiful, peaceful surroundings - a photographer and artists delight. The many hill top towns and villages are just waiting to be discovered - Amandola, Sarnano and San Ginesio, to name just a few. And then there is Ascoli Piceno, older than Rome and with one of the most beautiful piazzas in the whole of Italy, the white travertine will dazzle you. Sit in the famous Meletti Cafe and watch the world go by. Do come and discover Marche for yourself. You certainly won't be disappointed! If you are looking for accommodation please do check out Marche Owners Direct too. A group of knowledgeable and passionate holiday home owners, where you can cut out the middle man and book direct! http://marcheownersdirect.com
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, May 17, 2016 4:55 AM

Happily sandwiched between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea, the Le Marche region does village charm and seaside bliss in equal measure. Map out your beach adventure from Ancona and paradise is yours.
Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle, Sirolo, Marche: A short boat ride from Sirolo’s Porto Humano will take you to The Beach of the Two Sisters and its powder soft sand, dramatic cliffs and gentle Adriatic waves.
GPS coordinates: 43°31’11.1″N 13°37’05.6″E
Portonovo: Located on the pristine shores of the Conero Riviera, in the heart of the Parco del Conero national park, Portonovo has got all the ingredients you need for a low key beach holiday. Some say it’s the most beautiful beach on the entire Adriatic coast. They might be right.
GPS coordinates: 43°33’50.7″N 13°35’21.0″E

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Ascoli Piceno, the ancient Asculum in Le Marche

Ascoli Piceno, the ancient Asculum in Le Marche | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

Today the little city is still situated along the Tronto river and surrounded by mountains on three sides. Two Natural Parks are bordering to the area: Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini and Parco Nazionale dei Monti della Laga. [...]


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Our beautiful nearby city of Ascoli Piceno. Perfect for strolling round or sitting in one of the may cafes and watching life go by. Don't forget the antique market he'd the 3rd weekend of the month.

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Le Marche, between the rise of the hills

Le Marche, between the rise of the hills | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

That is known for woods, witches and fairies. Placid and restful even cloaked in gray, and fresh. Patient even when it is windy and it is heavily rainy. A "soap and water" land - you think - because historically outside the major trade and military routes or because too close to the popular Romagna, Tuscany, and Umbria. And perhaps this is why you observe it with increasing curiosity and surprise. You are in the Marche.


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Such a wonderful area to explore with something for everyone. We have a beautiful place for you to use as a base whilst exploring too. The Hideaway, near Amandola, is perfect for walking in the Sibillini National Park or relaxing on the beach. Hope to see you soon http://hideawaylemarche.com

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Le Marche Mountain Cicada: New Insect Species Discovered in Le Marche and Switzerland

Le Marche Mountain Cicada: New Insect Species Discovered in Le Marche and Switzerland | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it
A multinational group of entomologists has discovered a new species of singing cicada that occurs from southern Switzerland to central Italy. The newly-discovered species has been named the Italian mountain cicada (Cicadetta sibillae). “The species name ‘sibillae’ is genitive of ‘sibilla’, and is derived from the locality name Monte Sibilla in the Monti Sibillini mountain group (Marche Region). [...]
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How fascinating. Scientists discover a brand new species of cicada right here in the Sibillini mountains. Well they certainly picked a beautiful area to live in. Via Mariano Pallottini @MarcheBreaks
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, February 25, 2015 1:21 AM

In addition, the name is indicative to the wife of the first author, with her first name being Sibille,” Dr Hertach and his colleagues wrote in a paper published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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Shopping in Italy by Amanda Brake, our Italian correspondent living in Le Marche

Shopping in Italy by Amanda Brake, our Italian correspondent living in Le Marche | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it
When I’m asked what it’s like shopping in Italy I realized that it’s quite a tricky question  to answer because shopping in Italy isn't always an easy task. But before you yawn, there is information about this fantastic area that I have to share with you. Once a month we drive 20 minutes to our…

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We love living by the seasons and look forward to each and every one. The best way to live! Looking forward now to the asparagus season which will  be arriving soon and scouring the banks along our peaceful lanes for the delicious morsels! 

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Damien Conrad's curator insight, February 18, 2015 1:11 PM

Amandola is a lovely village with great access to the mountains, Bar Belli is a superb place to eat homemade cakes and watch the world traverse the cobbled piazza. Try the tennis club for great courts and value lessons.

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The quiet charm of Le Marche: Montefortino.

The quiet charm of Le Marche: Montefortino. | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

Montefortino is an ancient mountain stronghold that sits in the shadow of Monte Sibilla, on the Natural Park of the Sibillini mountains.  This medieval village has picturesque streets, beautiful landscapes and architectural treasures: palaces, shrines, churches and ancient towers. [...]


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Just one of the many beautiful hilltop towns and villages to explore whilst staying in our wonderful area.

 

Surrounded buy the stunning Sibillini Mountains, you will also find the nearby town of Amandola where you can relax in the piazza after a day's hiking or strolling in the mountains.

 

So much to see and do, so make Le Marche you summer holiday destination for 2015. http://hideawaylemarche.com

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The Unusual Palio Della Rana or Frog Races

The Unusual Palio Della Rana or Frog Races | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

When people think of palio competitions, they often think of the famous horse race for the Palio of Siena but many Italian towns hold palio contests. One of the more unusual races is the Palio della Rana, frog races, held in the town of Fermignano, between Urbino and Urbania in central Italy's Marche region. Participants, dressed in medieval costume, each push a cart (similar to a wheelbarrow) with the frog sitting atop a plank and try to reach the finish line before the frog hops off. As is common during palio competitions, there's also a historical procession before the races and food.

The Palio della Rana is usually held the weekend following Easter so this year it's the first weekend of April. Since it's been a very wet March, there should be plenty of frogs!


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Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche Guide | Rough Guides

Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche Guide | Rough Guides | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

Located between the Monti Sibillini and the Adriatic, ASCOLI PICENO is Le Marche’s greatest hidden gem and lies well off the tourist trail. This seems odd considering it has plenty of grand architecture and a lovely café-lined central square that’s among the most pleasant in the region. At Mardi Gras it hosts Le Marche’s most flamboyant carnival and in August its streets are given over to the Quintana, a medieval festival that incorporates a spectacular joust. If that wasn’t enough, Ascoli’s restaurants and food stalls are the proud purveyors of olive all’ascolana (deep-fried breadcrumb-crusted olives stuffed with veal), the closest Italy comes to the Scotch egg, but much tastier.

Ascoli has a compact centre, surrounded by largely intact walls. Piazza del Popolo is the place to get the feel of the town, while its small number of Roman remains and its churches and museums are scattered throughout the old centre.


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8 or maybe Infinite Places to see in Le Marche in 2013

8 or maybe Infinite Places to see in Le Marche in 2013 | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

The central Italian region of Le Marche will conquer you with its beauty.

There is some spectacular sightseeing here, with the limestone peaks pitted by deep gorges, ancient, spectacular caves, and dramatic torrents of water pouring into stone pools beneath. The region is bordered in the west by the Apennine mountain range with ski resorts and hiking trails.

The highest point is Monte Vettore in the Sibillini Mountain range, reaching 2476 metres.

The mountains drop to to the coast in gently rounded hills, topped with fortified towns more than a millennium old. The region is full of history, art and culture with Romanesque and Renaissance churches, abbeys, monasteries and sanctuaries surrounded by sweet, gentle hills, fertile slopes of olive groves and vineyards.The Hills drop again to the long, broad, shallow beaches. The 180km of Adriatic coastline is lined with a stretch of spectacular blue flag beaches and the Conero peninsula, with its rugged limestone promontory represent the most spectacular place by the coast.

Every few kilometres you come across pretty hilltop villages, fields of gold, sparkling rivers and lakes, castles, fortresses and medieval walled towns.

You can visit le Marche following the footsteps of Many of the greatest artists, architects, musicians and writers: Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael), Carlo Crivelli, Lorenzo Lotto, Donato Bramante, Rossini, Giacomo Leopardi and Gentile da Fabriano (Just An Example)

Every plan of your visit can not exclude Food and wine tastings. Le Marche has many restaurants with excellent quality and value and boasts an exquisite wine collection including "Verdicchio di Matelica" and "Verdiccio dei Castelli di Jesi", Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Rosso Piceno, Passerina, Pecorino.

Here is a list of useful links to visit the Marche with different approaches, considering the areas with the greatest characterization within which lie, however, unmissable countless tourist destinations.

Urbino

What to see;

 

Urbino wwwUrbania wwwGradara wwwPesaro wwwFano www

 

Ancona

 

Ancona wwwMonte Conero National Park wwwLoreto www

 

Genga

 

Grotte di Frasassi wwwFabriano www

 

Macerata

 

Macerata wwwRecanati www

 

Treia

 

Treia wwwCingoli wwwAppignano di Macerata www

 

Fermo

 

Fermo wwwTorre di Palme wwwPorto San Giorgio wwwPorto Sant'Elpidio www

 

Ascoli Piceno

 

Ascoli Piceno wwwGrottammare wwwCupra Marittima wwwSan Benedetto del Tronto www

 

Sibillini National Park

 

Sibillini National Park www
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Ryanair Travel Blog dedicates another article to le Marche | Italy Uncovered: Why You Need to See Le March

Ryanair Travel Blog dedicates another article to le Marche | Italy Uncovered: Why You Need to See Le March | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it
Pronounced MAR-kay, this thumb-shaped region of eastern Italy is a beautiful and surprisingly affordable alternative to Tuscany. It’s got beaches  (180km of sparkling turquoise Adriatic coastline to its east), mountains (the Apennines border its west), plus oodles of culture-packed hill towns filled with medieval architecture and renaissance treasures. Le Marche is your next great road trip …

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Another great article about our wonderful region from Ryanair who fly to 2 airports within 90 minutes of The Hideaway. With excellent fairs still available in 2016, have a look for yourself and come and visit us at The Hideaway http://hideawaylemarche.com
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Ryanair Travel Blog dedicates another article to le Marche titling: Italy Uncovered: Why You Need to See Le Marche

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Amandola seen through the eyes an avid hiker

Amandola seen through the eyes an avid hiker | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

It was time to visit Italy again.. but away from the usual hotspots you hear of, it was time to head to a beautiful area in the mountains of the Region of Le Marche. A home from home for me, great open countryside, and a perfect greeting of snow tipped mountain tops with lush green and quiet valleys below. [...]


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Our local town of Amandola explored by Paul Steel, a blogger who came to visit last weekend as part of the Pensieri Fatti A Mano event. Lots of great experiences and demonstrations and a good turnout. 

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, April 30, 2015 5:24 AM

Bald and Bold, this is Paul Steele, founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker, always seeking new adventures around the world.

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30 Reasons Why You Should Never Ever Visit Le Marche

30 Reasons Why You Should Never Ever Visit Le Marche | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

Here are 30 good reasons to absolutely not to visit Le Marche (in central Italy), but essentially, you can realize that there ought definitely to be, best places in the world where to go traveling. For example ... ehm ...as soon as come to my mind, I'll tell you. Meanwhile, watch this list with very explicit and unambiguous pictures [Click on the photo]

 


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Living a Life in Colour: A guide to Le Marche

Living a Life in Colour: A guide to Le Marche | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

Le Marche is known for its lush green hills below the Sibillini Mountains, forests of oak trees, medieval towns, and its rocky coastline along the Adriatic Sea. [...]


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A lovely summary of beautiful Marche and all this wonderful region has to offer. 

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The Winning Le Marche | Le Marche outpaces Tuscany as emerging holiday hotspot

The Winning Le Marche | Le Marche outpaces Tuscany as emerging holiday hotspot | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

The latest figures from I.stat, the Italian National Tourist Board, reveal that the previously undiscovered region of Le Marche is now outshining Tuscany in tourism growth.

Tuscany, famed since the 90s as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, registered an increase of 4.6% in foreign arrivals from 2012 to 2013, whilst the far more unknown neighbouring region of Le Marche saw impressive growth of 6.3% year-on-year.

With 389,313 visitors now arriving on Marche soil, more and more people are beginning to recognize that this Italian location has all the benefits of close-by Tuscany, seemingly endless rolling hills, beautiful open spaces and ancient hilltop towns, yet without the hefty pricetag. [...]


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What great news for Le Marche! More and more people discovering what a wonderful place we live and work in. Lets hope we can attract guests from all round the world, to experience the warm hospitality, the cheap but excellent quality restaurants and the stunning scenery. hideawaylemarche.com

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Ascoli Piceno, the Le Marche Travertine Town, on "Visit Ascoli"

http://visitascoli.it - A unique way to communicate our territory
A web publishing project, aiming to communicate our city and its peculiarities to an international audience: this is Visitascoli.it, a brand new website to promote tourism strongly wanted by the municipality of Ascoli Piceno with the aid of professionals and experts that contributed proactively to the story and to the creation of contents. Not simply an "online travel guide" then, but a place in which better know the city of Ascoli Piceno and its beauty: history, art, architecture, food and wine, nature. Visitascoli.it is also a useful tool, which helps to live and discover more easily the city that makes the stay more pleasant for tourists.


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Le Marche is the 2nd Region in Italy for Cleanest Beaches

Le Marche is the 2nd Region in Italy for Cleanest Beaches | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

The award, the Blue Flag, is given annually to beaches and marinas that satisfy a number of essential criteria covering aspects of:

 

Water QualityEnvironmental Education and InformationEnvironmental ManagementSafety and Services

 

The international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) reported that has risen this year the number of Italian beaches to be awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for clean water and pristine sands.

Italian seaside resorts awarded a Blue Flag in 2013 were 135, four more than last year, for a total of 248 top beaches. Some 86% of last year's Blue Flag beaches were confirmed this year while nine new entries included resorts in Carrara, Tuscany, Francavilla al Mare in Abruzzo and a lake beach resort in Levico Terme, in the north-eastern Trentino-Alto Adige region. The northwest coastal region of Liguria has the cleanest beaches in Italy, 20, two more than last year, followed by the central Marche region with 18 and Tuscany with 17, one more than last year.

Pristine eco friendly beaches could be considered another reason to visit lovely Le Marche.

More infos on http://www.blueflag.org/ ;


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Excellent - our beautiful region has been awarded the second most blue flag beaches in the whole of Italy 2013

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, May 19, 2013 4:54 AM
Interesting scoops! Thank you!
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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, September 27, 2014 2:42 AM

Congratulations, le Marche!

Which region in Italy came first for cleanest beaches?

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The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy

The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

SEE WHAT THE REGION HAS TO OFFER

You may have visited Italy more than a few times; you may have been to Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, The Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Rome and Venice! But you haven’t seen what else Italy has to offer until you have experienced le Marche.

• 180 km of coastline
• 500 piazzas
• 1000 important monuments
• 34 archeological sites
• 315 antique libraries housing over 4 million volumes
• 72 historic theatres
• 200 churches which the majority are of Romanesque architecture
• 183 religious shrines
• Largest number of museums and galleries in Italy: 342
• 2 national parks (Monti Sibillini, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga),
• 4 regional parks (Monte Conero, Sasso Simone and Simoncello, Monte San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa and Grotte di Frasassi),
• 5 nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra, Gola del Furlo, Montagna di Torricchio, Ripa Bianca and Sentina),
• 26 cities facing the Adriatic Sea

These are the numbers of le Marche, but as the locals say, that to taste the region a visitor needs only 5 things – his own senses. Tucked between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountain range the region can be visited and enjoyed during all seasons.

In the summer, le Marche offers some of the finest white sand beaches of the entire Mediterranean basin. A shallow sea water level makes its coastline the perfect spot for sun worshippers and beach lovers.

Wintertime offers sports activities on the peaks of the Apennines, with alpine and Nordic skiing for all levels.

In the fall, the hills, the region’s most prominent feature, are covered with olive trees and vineyards that produce excellent olive oil and many notable wines.

Small towns, rich with history and each with its unique architectural style, offer excellent accommodations in perfectly restored farmhouses, villas, castles and monasteries. Mix everything with an exclusive local cuisine and you have found the perfect spot for your next vacation to Italy.


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Cees Den Hartog's curator insight, January 30, 2013 7:22 AM

Wat heeft Marche allemaal te bieden??

Nou dit dus

felicia's comment, January 31, 2013 12:30 AM
why are flowers hung???
Mariano Pallottini's comment, January 31, 2013 6:46 AM
This is common in all mediterranean coasts. People like the flowers and the flowers represent a nourriture for the spirit.
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How To Discover Le Marche and the Real Italy

How To Discover Le Marche and the Real Italy | Hideaway Le Marche | Scoop.it

All you need is curiosity and time…
You don’t have to be an art historian or an archaeologist to enjoy all the countless treasures of Italy.
Neither do you have to be a gourmet to enjoy the delights of the Italian kitchen or a wine expert to enjoy the enormous variety of great wines.
All you need is curiosity and time…
Once you are in Italy and get even a small taste of what the country has to offer, you will want to return time and time again. Your interest will be sparked in subjects you had never before even considered. Your horizons broaden with the limitless discoveries you will make in this diverse and intriguing country.
Concentrate on one small area or region at a time. Choose one that is off the beaten track so that you can get a taste of the “real” Italy untouched by mass tourism.
Le Marche (pronounced “lay mar kay”) is a great place to start. Central Italy is where the Renaissance came about. Palaeolithic finds on Monte Cónero provide evidence of civilization from the 9th and 10th centuries BC! This easternmost region of central Italy is alluring in its variety of landscape, located as it is between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains. Most visitors never get beyond the sun and sand of the popular beaches of Le Marche’s 180 kms of coastline. However, the rewards are many for those adventurous ones who take the winding roads inland towards the numerous hilltop villages. There are cobblestone streets with buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and earlier. The spectacular panoramic views will keep you sitting on that café chair on the piazza drinking your cappuccino and dreaming of never having to leave!
For flights from abroad or from other Italian airports, the best point of arrival in Le Marche is the International Aereoporto di Falconare in Ancona.[...]
The best way to see Le Marche, or any region of Italy for that matter, is to rent a car. There are the usual rental firms at the airport but you should book in advance to make sure you get what you want. If you’re not an EU resident, you will need an International driver’s license. Buy good maps – Touring Club Italiano maps are excellent. You will find their offices in all the larger towns and their maps are also available in most of the larger book shops on in the petrol station shops on the motorways.
Whatever you wonder about and whenever any question comes to mind, don’t hesitate to ask people standing beside you in the bar or sitting at the table next to yours on the piazza. People are extremely friendly and helpful and are always more than willing to suggest places you must see, or food and wine you must try. Since this is an area without hoards of tourists, the locals are still curious about where you come from and what you are doing in Italy. It is very easy to start a conversation, even with limited Italian. The famous Italian use of arms, hands and facial expressions is an art that you will soon master and have fun in the process!

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Conero National Park just south of Ancona. [...]Urbino is definitely worth a visit. Take the small roads, away from the motor route and tourist buses. Stop in the medieval villages for a walk around.[...]Sign up for a 3-4 week intensive language course [...]

Wherever you find yourself and at whatever time of year, you will feel the warm welcome of the people you meet.

 

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HolidayinMarche's curator insight, March 2, 2013 5:15 AM

See more about places to visit on our website at http://www.holidayinmarche.com