Le Marche, pronounced Lay Markay, is the best of central Italy, a region overflowing with the very best of Italian food and wine. (Well we would say that wouldn’t we?)
It lies between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains on the eastern side of central Italy and much of it remains unspoiled by the ravages of mass tourism.
The Adriatic coast has long been a mecca for sun worshippers but few venture far from the beaches. So inland, perhaps more than anywhere else in central Italy, you’ll find places where time really has stood still.
Many tourists visit Le Marche for its natural beauty and most of the spectacular mountain areas remain untouched by the worst excesses of the 21st century. Some of the most impressive mountain scenery lies to the south of the region in the Monti Sibillini, whose peaks are often covered with snow until late spring.
The Frasassi caves are amongst the most spectacular limestone caves in the world and the Furlo Gorge is a dramatic natural pass through the mountains that has been in use since prehistoric times.
Most of Italy’s Adriatic coastline is flat with the exception of Monte Conero, just south of Ancona, a high limestone mountain that plunges into the sea and stands guard over a handful of delightful little bathing resorts.
The best mountain views are in the north of the region, on the doorstep of Urbino, around the giant Monte Catria. In spring the upland meadows are carpeted in alpine flowers.
Wherever you go in Le Marche, you’ll find breath-taking scenery and wonderful food. Come and see for yourselves.