Our pick of new hotspots in Italy's up and coming Le Marche

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We have been championing Le Marche as a region for holiday rentals for many years and its no secret why; the region offers a rich diversity of arts, history and culture that sets it apart from the rest of Italy and it a perfect location for a relaxing and more traditional holiday in Italy.

Urbino

Le Marche is like an outdoor museum, with a backdrop of historical hill towns, countryside villages and beautiful beaches. Set along the Adriatic Sea, the region offers spectacular coastline, the Sibillini mountains and gorgeous rolling countryside to rival that of Tuscany.

San Benedetto

Whilst Urbino, a beautiful hillside town in the northern Marche and San Benedetto del Tronto in southern Marche on the coast tend to gain many column inches in international travel magazines (we had to admit that we love these areas too), we think that there are more absolute gems in this region, which are often overlooked and lend themselves to perfect holiday spots;

Macerata

- Macerata countryside - The rolling hills of the countryside around Macerata offer a wonderful location for a holiday.  It is dotted with exceptional little towns such as Montecassiano (with its historic centre, lovely piazza, XV century Palazzo Priorale and panoramic views) and Appignano. The medieval provincial capital of Macerata is a good place to visit and offers a broad range of shops, festivals and architectural treasures and the coast is only 30 mins drive away.


- San Ginesio and surrounding countryside - situated on a hill, this walled town provides an ideal position from where to admire the Sibillini Mountains. It is hard to describe the beauty of the landscape with the green valley below and the towering peaks covered in snow. Although situated on a hill, this town is rather flat inside the walls. Many shops and a lively square framed by historical buildings dating back to XI century offer the visitor a welcoming atmosphere. During the summer a few folkloristic festivals take place and the town seems to go back in time with actors dressed in costumes, drums, medieval music, dances and “battles”. This area offers a great base for walking and there are a host of activities on offer including fishing, mountain biking and horse riding.

Sibillini mountains

- Numana and Sirolo - An active port, Numana has today the characteristics of a typical Italian beach resort with very large sandy beach and sea of deep blue. Its location, only a few minutes away from Mount Conero, make it an ideal base for excursions to the Conero Regional Park with regular boat services link Numana with the most beautiful beaches some of which only accessible by boat. Sirolo has a medieval centre and a tree-lined, balcony piazza that teeters high above the sea. The best beaches are accessible using a half-hourly bus service that drops down to each of the coves. Wild beaches, steep cliffs, caves, white rocks covered by pine trees overlooking deep and transparent seawater, make of Sirolo the ideal place to discover a still uncontaminated nature. Both resorts are within 30 minutes of Ancona airport.

Conero

- Jesi countryside - Jesi itself is impressive with the high walls that surround the historical centre and well worth a visit but it is the surrounding countryside that offers breathtaking scenery and lovely hill towns such as Belvedere Ostrense, Ostra and Apiro.

As a holiday destination, Le Marche offers most of the highlights of its nearest and most popular neighbours but without the tourists! Our four suggestions are just a handful of ideas in an area full of beautiful countryside, impressive towns and a great coastline.  If you are looking for a peaceful and authentic holiday in Italy, then Le Marche hits the spot.

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