It is difficult to eat badly in Le Marche and the local cooking features robust flavours. Restaurants here are well known for adhering to ancient cooking traditions and recipes; fish is sparklingly fresh and meat is often from the Le Marche pastures and is full of flavour. Some of the best olive oil, olives and wine in Italy come from this beautiful region.
There is an abundance of ristorante, trattoria, pizzeria, osteria and so on. Plus markets and delicatessen selling all manner of local produce.
Nearby facilities include tennis, football, swimming, watersports and golf and for the more adventurous; skiing and extreme sports.
Alternatively, there is hiking in the local Marche Sibillini mountains, as well as routes for horse riders and cyclists.
The Adriatic Coast of Le Marche has many blue flag beaches, most are sandy and have break waters to provide safe swimming The closest beach is at Pedaso, approximately 35 minutes away, but the more popular beaches at Porto San Giorgio or Grottamare are reachable in roughly 45 minutes.
Some of the most impressive mountain scenery is to the south of the region amidst the Monti Sibillini, whose peaks are often covered with snow until the late spring. The Frasassi caves are some of the most spectacular limestone caves you are every likely to visit.
Villages, Towns and Cities
The closest village, Montelparo, is around 1 km from the villa, and offers a taste of real Italy, with Ascoli Piceno to the south and Macerata to the north with plenty more towns in between.
There are mediaeval villages visible on almost every hilltop and all are deserving of a visit. The situation is ideal for those wishing to explore the region.
Historic towns such as Assisi, Urbino and Perugia are 2-3 hours drive away through majestic scenery.
Festivals and Events
Festivals are part and parcel of the Marche tradition. Every town worth its salt throws a party of some description each year, from wine, beer, pizza or traditional food festas and sagras, to pagan festivals and carnivals. The majority take place during the summer.
Many religious feast days are also celebrated throughout the year and most towns have a patron saint whom they honour annually in suitable fashion. Normally local towns co-ordinate these public events, so you can go to all of them.
Part of Italian fashion springs from the Marche region. The scenic landscape houses some of Italy’s best leather and shoe factories. Along with a number of iconic designer brands.
In Italy Marche stands for craftsmanship and quality. Especially when it comes to leather goods and shoes, but also the area is also big on other aspects of Italian fashion like tailoring, hats, ceramics and jewelry. For classy and brand conscious consumers Marche is a shopping paradise.
In the village Montegranaro you’ll find factory outlets for Dino Bigioni, Alberto Guardiani and Zeis Excelsa shoes the latter offering a range of brands like Cult, Merrell, Harley Davidson Footwear and Bikkembergs and small upcoming brands also have outlets in the town.
There are ideas aplenty for day trips, whether it is notching up culture points or exploring local life.
For gastronomes, the local vinyards and olive oil producers welcome visitors to peruse their processing facilities, and sample the wares. How about a day truffle hunting.
On the culture trail are museums, galleries, abbeys, basilica, roman ruins, renaissance art and so on.