About Marche - Marche
Marche lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the high Apennine mountains. Much of the region remains unspoiled by mass tourism. The coastline presents a succession of gently rolling hills and flat plains crossed by rivers.
In the Marche one can find some of the most impressive mountain scenery in Italy, including Monti Sibillini whose peaks can often be seen covered with snow until the late spring.The coastline presents a succession of gently rolling hills and flat plains crossed by rivers.
The 180 kilometres of the Marche’s Adriatic coastline is an annual attraction for Italian and Northern European tourists. Pesaro, the provincial capital of the Pesaro and Urbino province, is in an attractive seaside resort, a thriving fishing port and an important manufacturing centre.
The principal town of Urbino remains charmingly little changed from the 15th century. Macerata, a university town is now famous for its annual opera. Ancona, the administrative capital and with its newly restored Teatro delle Muse, has a strong opera, classical music and jazz season. Finally, be sure not to miss the region’s “truffle capital” Acqualagna (near Cagli) which has its truffle fair during the last weekend in October and the first few weekends in November.
In the southwest corner of the region, the Marche’s Parco Naturale dei Monti Sibillini is a constant attraction for nature lovers who can enjoy the region's largest park encompassing over 40 kilometres and reaching westward into Umbria. The town of Montemonaco, located at 1080m above sea level at the heart of the Monte Sibillini range, is a small town of 800 people and an authentic medieval village complete with towers and defensive walls.
Other key towns in Marche include Ascoli Piceno and Macareta.
HOW TO GET THERE
Discount flights are available to Ancona from London Stansted with Easyjet and Ryanair. Ryanair also now fly to Forli (look for Bologna Forli on their website), which is halfway between Bologna and Rimini.
Both Alitalia and British Airways offer scheduled daily flights to Bologna airport which is a 2-3 hour drive to Ancona.