Le Marche is a patchwork of hilltop towns, farms, vineyards and forests. The local specialties are sunflowers, sheep and olives. You will have to adjust to a slower pace because this is a place suspended in time – it’s often compared to the Tuscany of decades past. The locals are friendly and nobody is in much of a rush to do anything. Most of the year the area is very sleepy except for the high season in June to August when the tourists arrive and the beach towns come to life with bars and festivals.
- Nearby cities such as Ancona, Pesaro and Macerata are teeming with history and good food. If you’re staying in the region for a few days or more, we recommend taking a day trip and checking these places out!
- The local market at Sarnaro on Thursdays. Avoid the clothes and go straight to the fresh produce and seafood (and the porchetta!).
- Swimming at the pristine coastal national park. Head to either Sirolo or Portonovo to claim your deckchair and umbrella.
- Hiking the extensive trails of the Sibillini Mountains.
- If you’re after something different, the world famous Frasissi Caves are quite spectacular! There is also the Tempio del Valadier, the temple on the side of the cliff. Make sure you keep an eye out for this as we couldn’t find the entrance the first time but it’s very close once you’re at the caves.
- Wandering the Roman ruins at Urbisaglia or Falerone.