Le Marche offers you a region which is still incredibly unspoilt and full of classic Italian charm and culture. Situated half way down the east coast of Italy, Le Marche has over 180 km of coastline, stunningly beautiful beaches and 26 medieval cities facing the warm, turquoise Adriatic sea. There are inexpensive all-year-round flights to Le Marche with Ryanair to two airports, Ancona and Pescara. Bologna and Rome airports are also just 2.5 hours away by car, with flights via many international airlines. The region has a great climate and property is around 35% cheaper than Tuscany. Le Marche is the place to buy your dream home in Italy (before too many people hear about it).
On the border between Le Marche and Umbria lies the jewel in the crown of the Italian mountain ranges – the Monti Sibillini National Park. Carved from ancient limestone by massive glaciers the mountains and valleys are rich in rare fauna and flora, friendly towns, villages and ancient churches.
The magnificent landscape of the Sibillini Mountains is a nature lover's paradise; home to bears, wild mountain cats, the famous wild boar (rich and tender to eat) and the golden eagle and peregrine falcon nest up in the highest peaks above the woods.
The Sibillini mountains provide the ideal setting for a range of outdoor activities including walking, mountain-biking and horse-riding in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Head for Sassotetto if you want to try your hand at cross-country, downhill skiing or snowboarding – lessons and equipment are available with lifts and passes from Sarnano. There is also fabulous skiing at Campo Felice, 5km inland from Teramo.
The Marche region has 180 kilometres of Adriatic coastline and boasts numerous inviting seaside resorts. The region boasts one of the highest numbers of Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy; there are eleven towns which have recently been identified as Blue Flag beaches, namely Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, Senigallia, Sirolo, Numana, Porto Recanati, Civitanova Marche, Porto San San Giorgio, Grottamare and San Benedetto del Tronto.
Shopping in Le Marche
The weekly markets in most of the main towns in the region are really worth a visit. Nothing cheap and tacky there, but rather fabulous leather goods, shoes, clothing, food and artisan products, all at great prices.
Other good shopping places to visit:
For shoes – Just inland from Civitanova Marche:
Les Tropeziennes, via Fratelli Bandiera 89, 62012 Civitanova Marche (MC)
Tel: +39 0733 802001
For leather bags and accessories – In and around Tolentino:
Pelletteria Velentino Orlandi, via Enrico Mattei 25, Zona Industriale, 62014 Corridonia (MC)
Tel: +39 0733 283090
Pelletteria di Tolentino, via Giovanni XXIII 69, 2029 Tolentino (MC)
Tel: +39 0733 960035
Marche Outlet Shopping:
www.in-outlet.it (For the serious shopper)
Informative regional websites:
Marche regional tourist information:
www.turismo.marche.it (click on the USA flag to see english text)
Sibillini National Park: