rolling-hills-le-marche italyLe Marche region, central Italy

Holiday travel to Italy started In the 19th Century when Travellers came to Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches as part of the Grand tour, Le Marche and particularly Urbino was a place of artistic importance being the birthplace of the Renaissance. Nowadays the Marches is more commonly known as Le Marche and visitors to Central Italy are once again being enchanted  by a region that is equally beautiful to Tuscany but has the added benefit of lower costs, being less crowded, less affected by mass tourism, it has the stunning backdrop of the awesome Sibillini Mountains plus the fantastic Adriatic Coast.

When to visit Le Marche

The weather is usually very good from Mid April until late October, July and August are the hottest months but the hills and mountains usually benefit from a breeze. November and December are often bright and dry but colder and then the snow falls in the Mountains and you can ski at Sassotetto or Visso from  Mid December until late March.

Le Marche region- the main towns

For a full list of the principal towns and places in Le Marche you should visit the places index or the clickable Marche map on the main tourist site.

Of the Le Marche region’s main towns, Urbino is often a favourite due to it being the founding site of the Renaissance, it has hardly changed from the days when Duke Federico of Montefeltro set up his celebrated court here in the second half of the 15th Century. Unusually, the Northern most province of Le Marche has a second capital; Pesaro which combines a lovely seaside resort with a busy town with good shops, fine beaches and great fish

The main capital of Le Marche is Ancona, a city with the feel of a ubiquitous busy mediteranean Port. it is also one of Italy’s principal ferry ports with boats to Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

The capital of the Southern most province of Le Marche is Ascoli Piceno. A lovely old town with great bars and food some wonderful galleries and a superb monthly antique market, its magnificent travertine Piazza is one of the most beautiful in Italy.

Another of Le Marche region’s provincial capitals  is Macerata, a walled medieval town with some upmarket shops, lovely piazzas and a number of art galleries, it is also reknown for its annual outdoor opera festival that is one of Italys most important.

Many of Le Marche’s  smaller medieval towns should be included in your holiday itinerary, these include: Treia, Camerino, Cingoli, Jesi, Offida, Tolentino, Recanati and Sarnano.

The lovely medieval town of Fermo has recently been made capital of a new province of Fermo, it has some wonderful architecture and a majestic main square that is built above a well preserved roman cistern that you can visit if you pay a small fee at the tourist office in the square.

We have also listed some of the many Le Marche seaside resorts in Adriatic coast beach guide.

Nature and Le Marche outdoors

The impression that Le Marche leaves on most tourists is its natural beauty and that ranges from the stunning Sibillini National Park to the south West of the Marches and its mountain peaks that remain snow covered untiol late April or May, then there are the Frasassi caves which is Europes biggest and most spectacular limestone underground cave system, travel North and you will find the Furlo Gorge, a dramatic passage through the mountains that has been used since prehistoric times and bears evidence of Roman excavations. To the west in the foothills of the Sibillini mountains are two of Italys most important and impressive Gorges: Gola dell’Infernaccio (Hells gorge) that it a dramatic 18km pass through limestone cliffs and Gola dei Frati (the monks gorge).

But you really don’t have to travel far, walk off our delicious meals by walking out of Agriturismo Fontechiara and either head into the hills or hike towards the medieval village of Treia, the scenery is stunning and so tranquil that you will rarely meet a soul.

For holidays in the Le Marche region there are many Marche hotels, villas and apartments, self catering rental properties, however, if you like your food and prefer slow travel off the beaten track and want to experience real Italy then you really sould come to Agrigturiso Fontechiara where you can take your Le Marche Holiday at a farmhouse on a bed and breakfast / B&B basis, half board or all inclusive.

Agriturismo Fontechiara is located in Treia in the province of Macerata in the region of Le Marche in central Italy. We offer B&B or bed and breakfast holidays or for lovers of slow food there are half board or all inclusive holidays. A vacation at Fontechiara allows you to sample ecotourism, locally grown food, our own organic produce, home cooking and great Le Marche wines in a restored farmhouse with stylishly furnished rooms and excellent facilities including a swimming pool. We offer yoga retreats, horse riding holidays, fishing holidays, Italian lessons, olive oil holidays, we offer a dog sitting service and are ideally located for sports and outlet shopping. Le Marche has fantastic beaches, mountains, nature, history, art, activities and more. Please check out our reasonable prices or contact us for more information or to book.

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