Touristically, the Marche are not so “famous” and, unexpectedly, they are better known by foreign tourists than by the Italian ones. Those who already know this beautiful region do not need to be encouraged to come and explore it any time they have a chance. To those who are about to come for the first time, we provide below a small list of places to visit and some useful links to plan your stay.
From Montecarotto you can easily reach lots of places which deserve to be visited for their landscape, environment, history and culture. Just 30 minutes from the Adriatic Coast, from the Castreccioni Lake, from the Frasassi Caves and Sibylline Mountains, from here you can leave for cultural and nature excursions. There are even weekly markets or antiques, village festivals and historical reenactments for fans of the genre! Montecarotto, the heart of production of the renowned wine Verdicchio, is the ideal starting point for lovers of food and wine tourism.
Jesi, the birthplace of Frederick II and G.B. Pergolesi (a famous musician).
Fabriano, renowned for its countless monuments and for its Paper and Watermark Museum.
The Frasassi Caves, the largest and most famous karst caves in Italy.
Castelfidardo, the seat of the International Accordion Museum.
Corinaldo, the birthplace of S. Maria Goretti, with its Renaissance walls and for its ancient buildings of great historical and artistic interest.
Osimo, the important Gothic centre not far from Monte Conero.
Genga, the small village with its ancient boundary walls, its medieval castle and the Roman bridge.
Serra San Quirico, the ancient medieval centre, renowned for the so called “copertelle” (small covered passages surrounding the village walls).
Arcevia, with its beautiful historical centre and its Archaeological State Museum.
Matelica, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, also famous for the “Verdicchio” (a typical wine produced here).
Cingoli, placed on top of Monte Circe and nicknamed “the balcony of the Marches”, thanks to its panoramic position overlooking the territory of the Marches.
Senigallia, the birthplace of Pope Pius IX, well known for its magnificent burg, its sandy beaches and its rich historical and cultural witnesses.
Monte Conero, the most important promontory of the middle Adriatic sea, with its splendid beaches and a wonderful natural park which can be run through on foot, by bike or on horseback. According to the LIPU (the league for the protection of birds), Monte Conero can be numbered among the best ten places in Italy for “birdwatching”.
Loreto, well-known for its sanctuary and for its Apostolic Palace.
Recanati, the birthplace of the major Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.