What to do in spring in the Marches

12 April 2019Chiara Giaccio
Yes, spring is finally come. It’s time to come visit the Marches.

It started officially last 20th March and will keep us company until Friday, 21st June. It’s that time of the year when we wake up after the winter’s hibernation. It’s the prelude of summer, a moment of psychological well-being after having spun the clock forward – for the last time? This year the spring will be very peculiar for Italy because we will have many feast days in a row: Easter, the National Liberation Day, the National Labour Day and finally we will also celebrate the Italian Republic Day on 2nd June – even if this year it will be on Sunday.

In the Marches and in many other regions of Italy a sweltering heat is expected, especially in May. For this reason, we suggest you to anticipate summer and to spend some weekends in our seaside resorts like SenigalliaMarottaSiroloSan Benedetto del TrontoGrottammare, Gabicce Mare or Numana.


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And if you don’t like the seaside, why don’t you take a tour in the mountains? You can hike the  Sibillini Mountains or take a walk in the beautiful Parco del Conero. The Marches have got a lot for everyone. We suggest you to choose a day without clouds and to live an adventure. There are a lot of peaks – the highest is the Monte Vettore –  so choose a mountain high enough for you and just relax in the mountains. This will of course help you get rid of the stress from your work.


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If you prefer a cultural visit, the Marches offer many points of interest. You should discover Urbino. The city where Raphael came from, with its roads, squares and wonderful places. You should visit the Cathedral, Raphael’s home, the National Gallery of the Marches and taste the local delicacies. Spring is the perfect season to visit Gradara. But not forget to pass through and visit Osimo and the important exhibition the town is currently hosting.

Where to stay in San Benedetto del Tronto

12 April 2019Chiara Giaccio
First destination of next summer: San Benedetto del Tronto

What about a journey in a wonderful seaside resort? What about a summer spent in total relaxation on the Adriatic coast? Today we would like to suggest you a journey to San Benedetto del Tronto, a wonderful town located in the province of Ascoli Piceno. The tourist offering is really unmissable this year, too: its waterfront should be visited by bicycle – and by a special bus – its monuments, its cultural events – the presentation of the Strega finalists, the film festival and a lot more will take place – its culinary tastes, but also a lot of sports and fun with many concerts that you shouldn’t miss.


San Benedetto del Tronto is a youth-friendly city that hosts many clubs where to have fun after dinner, but it’s also perfect for families who want to spend a relaxing summer at the seaside. If you would like to be advised on where to go on holiday, we suggest you to contact the Associazione Alberghi San Benedetto or the Agenzia Centro Italia or if you are searching for a residence, we suggest you to take a look at the offers of Residence Galileo, of Residence Il Diamante or of Boomerang. But if you are looking for a hotel, go check our proposals out: Hotel Doria***Hotel Riviera San Benedetto***Grand Hotel Excelsior****Hotel Domingo***Hotel Marconi***Hotel La Sfinge***Hotel Madison***Hotel Imperial****Hotel Fausto**Hotel Capri***Hotel Continental***Hotel President**and Hotel La Pace***.

In the picture at the top you can see the Residence Galileo.

The Marches’ wine guide

12 April 2019Chiara Giaccio
One of the guides you shouldn’t miss for no reason on earth.

If you are planning to visit the Marches, don’t you dare thinking to leave without having tasted one of the excellences of its territory: the wines. There is a large variety from north to south. We thought we’d provide you with one of the most interesting guides we found online. Its name is “Le Marche nel bicchiere 2019” (The Marches in the glass 2019) and it illustrates various wines, sparkling wines, wines to be tasted with truffle, straw wines (passito) and wineries around the region.

Of course it’s a very good guide which you should read in order to better know our land throughout its excellences. There you will find some experts’ opinions and sensory evaluation sheets. You will also find some companies’ descriptions and the tasting of two wines chosen by the winery with several proposal of combination.

Inside the booklet edited by the Associazione Italiana Sommelier delle Marche (Italian Sommelier Association of the Marches) you will find the “woodpecker” that is the symbol which characterizes the wine excellence – only in relation to quality – and the “moneybox”, a wine indicator for the quality-price ratio. This indicator is not to be taken for granted: in fact, it has been calculated on the basis of a specific algorithm.

Click here to buy the guide.

Click here to read the guide online for free.


40 of the best beaches in Europe according to The Guardian

5 April 2019turismomarche
There is one in our region: try to guess which beach.

The Guardian, the English tabloid which always curates very well its inserts “travel”, listed 40 of the best beaches in Europe some weeks ago. A suggestion for those who still don’t know when and where to go on vacation and of course 40 amazing destinations. Among these there are Portugal with the wonderful Algarve, Andalucia, the Peloponnese, Crete and Italy with Tuscany, Liguria, Sardinia and the Marches, too. As far as our region is concerned Fiorenzuola di Focara in the province of Pesaro and Urbino is mentioned.

Below is the presentation of The Guardian:

This walled village, mentioned in Dante‘s Inferno, sits in the Parco Naturale del Monte San Bartolo, and its beach is a 20-minute walk down zigzagging paths. But it is worth the effort to reach this unspoilt mix of sand and shingle – cliffs behind and the Adriatic in front, the only buildings in sight the roofs of Fiorenzuola above. It has a DIY vibe unusual in Italy, with sunshades made from driftwood. The walk back up stokes appetites for dinner

Here you can find the full article.

The most amazing photo of winter 2019 in the Marches

5 April 2019turismomarche
The author Valerio Bei tells us the story of this photo.

His name is Valerio Bei and he’s from Montegiorgio, a little town located in the area of Fermo, he’s 28 and passionate about nature and photography. We texted each other since we were really impressed by his beautiful picture which we think it’s the most amazing of last winter. Make sure you follow the author here on Instagram or here on Facebook. You’ll be definitely pleased.

Who’s the author?

I’m very fond of photography and nature and as I hike the mountains, I can combine the two things. Every time it’s a great emotion and you can feel a sense of total peace. I always try to convey what I feel through my photos.”

How did you get inspired?

This photo was taken in Monte Palazzo Borghese [inside the  Sibillini Mountains National Park, editor’s note] which you can see in the foreground and I left together with some friends of mine from Foce di Montemonaco… I was immediately stuck by the sun which contrasted with the clouds: a bit like how things happen in life, good time alternates to bad ones.”

He works as a nurse, so he’s used to see pain, but still he’s positive and sunny. After all, as he says “it’s up to us to see the good things surrounding us, to appreciate every single thing and to look always at the glass as half full.”

Here is the photo:

Who notices the sun and brings a smile. Who notices the clouds.”

Norwegians suggest the Marches, too

5 April 2019turismomarche
The Magasinet Reiselyst, an important Norwegian magazine of tourism, wrote about our region.

After the Times had suggested the Marches as a new holiday destination some weeks ago, it’s the turn of a Norwegian magazine. In fact, in the latest issue in Norwegian newsstands this important magazine highlighted our region, too. It’s an important travel magazine named Magasinet Reiselys which publishes ten issues per year. The founder Ronny Frimann is one of the greatest travel specialists in Norway and as he’s passionate about the submarine world, he’s very qualified in marine locations.

In the last issue you can find an interesting article describing several destinations in our territory. Among these there are of course the Sibillini Mountains, Torre di PalmeMoresco and more. Below you find the two pages of the Norwegian magazine.

The photos of the Pope in Loreto

5 April 2019turismomarche
On 25th March we were in Loreto to welcome the Pope together with thousands of people.

Pope Francis in Loreto: a very important event for our whole region. The Marches as the rest of central Italy – the Pope said – are ready to host a big event, a Family Day or an International Youth Day. Before arriving in a Loreto, the Pope has greeted Amandola, an amazing town located in the area of Sibillini Mountains.

He addressed himself to young people urging them not to wait and to fight. “In the delicate situation of today’s world, the family founded on the marriage between a man and a woman has gained great importance and an essential mission. It is necessary to rediscover the picture God drew in order to reaffirm its greatness and its irreplaceability in supporting life and society.” These are the words the Pope dedicated to family.

Here are our photos of the Pope’s arrival in Loreto.

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On the trail of Father Matteo Ricci

28 March 2019turismomarche
Are you ready to go on a journey? If you’re headed to the area of Macerata, you should know this famous personality.

Among the historical figures born in Macerata who have distinguished themselves both for their political life and for their creative activity, there are some of them who have distinguished themselves for a long journey. One of them was able to make travelling an art. 6 October 1552, just remember this date. An important date for history. On that day the extraordinary astronomer and theologian Matteo Ricci was born. He was the first of 13 children and when he was 9, he started to study at the Jesuit school. Even though his father wanted him to become a successful attorney, Matteo Ricci decided to give up the study of law because of his passion for scientific disciplines like mathematics, astronomy and cartography – as well as the knowledge of classical writers which he inherited from Father Cristoforo Clavio.

However, the crucial year of his life was 1578, when Matteo Ricci started the activity of missionary and consequently a successful interaction with the East. On the 24 March of the that year he embarked in Lisbon and arrived in Goa on the 13 September. During the years in Goa Matteo Ricci studied theology and taught classics in boarding schools in Goa and in Cochin.

In 1580 he was appointed priest and his permanence in India concluded in 1582, when he was called back from Father Ruggeri in order to go to Macao and to reach China. The following year, in September, he arrived in China together with Ruggieri and they settled in Zhaoqing.

In 1584 he published the first Chinese globe and cooperated with Ruggeri to the first translation of catechism in Chinese. Even though Matteo Ricci wasn’t the first to talk about “Catholicism” in the East, he was of course one of the most appreciated – even if he was a foreigner – in a society like the Chinese one where people were reluctant to the trust foreigners. And for this reason, although he hoped to reach Beijing, the Father from Macerata was forced to come back and to stop in Nanchang. There he published his first work in Chinese, “Il trattato sull’amicizia” (Essay on friendship), a masterwork which achieved great success. After that he was appointed superior of the Chinese mission. Thanks to the minister of rituals Wang Chung Ming he could reach Beijing, but later he decided to leave because of the Korean War.

In May 1600 Matteo Ricci decided to push his luck: he left again for Beijing, but he was arrested during his path from Ma Tang. So, he was held in the fortress of Tientsin until 24 January 1601. Later he was welcomed in the Forbidden City as European ambassador thank to an imperial decree.

He lived in Beijing for the rest of his life and always had the support of the emperor who appreciated his good nature and his intellectual abilities. Matteo Ricci died on the 11 May in Beijing.

At the moment of death of Matteo Ricci the emperor Wanli declared a day of national mourning and for the first time in the history of China a foreigner was buried in the imperial ground. His grave is in the cemetery of Zhalan in the Administrative Council of Beijing.

by Anisoara Hotea

The Rocca Roveresca of Mondavio

24 March 2019turismomarche
Let’s discover one of the symbols of the province of Pesaro and Urbino.

The small village of Mondavio lies above 280 meters above sea level in the province of Pesaro and Urbino. It is located 20 kilometers away from the sea and stands on a hill from which you can see the surrounding mountains. Its story is very important: in fact, the first document proving its existence dates back to 1778. It’s also said that St. Francis visited the village. However, today we will write about one of its most important monuments: the Rocca Roveresca.

The Rocca Roveresca is the symbol of the village of Mondavio. It was designed and built between 1482 and 1492 by the architect Francesco Di Giorgio Martini for Giovanni Della Rovere in order to protect the vicarage at a time of dangerous threats. Since the architect came back to his home town Siena and both the architect Martini and the customer died, the construction hasn’t been completed.

The Fortress is particularly impressive for its octagon shape with a large base designed to withstand the bullets’ impact. The fortification is made of a five-floors “fortified tower” and a semicircular “tower”. The first is only accessible by overcoming a series of passive defenses: the moat, the walls, the upstream and the downstream drawbridge, the door under the tower, the little tower outpost on the flight and the drawbridge at the entrance of the fortified tower. Some floors are equipped with gunnery stations and embrasures: on the ground floor for the grazing shot, on the third floor for the middle shot and on the fifth, crenelated, for the long shot and for the visual control over the territory. A pentagonal building to house the troops was designed to be built on the right of the flight.

On the inside there are narrow passes, vaulted-covered environments, tunnels and curvy stairs. Moreover, on the inside of the Fortress there is the Museo delle Armi and the Museo di Rievocazione (weapons museum and re-enactment museum) which is composed of waxworks representing typical scenes of the time.

From the relief depicting the Rocca Roveresca in section we know that the rests of a mediaeval tower have been incorporated in the new building. The architect Martini modified the original path and adapted it for the fortification’s defense; he made a new communication trench between the defensive tower and the fortified tower which still exists today. He also created a defense system to guard the old town, integrating, expanding and adapting the preexisting fortification in order to make it suitable for his project. In order to meet the defense’s need every element was located at the most convenient place so that the defense was effective from the general to the particular.

In 1631, after the death of the last duke of Urbino, the fortress of Mondavio has been turned in pontifical prison and remained like this until the 1940s of last century.

Visiting the Fortress of Mondavio means not only travelling to discover every strategy of defense from enemies, but also admiring the majesty which the building was built with in order to look as much imposing as possible in the eyes of every rival.

by Beatrice Perroni

Do you know the Tibet of the Marches?

24 March 2019turismomarche
There is a little district in San Severino Marche, in the province of Macerata, which is also known as “the Tibet of the Marches”.

It is a little town located 821 meters above sea level and not far from Monte San Vicino. No one lives there, but it’s one of the breath-taking locations of our region. If you haven’t already understood, we are talking about the wonderful Elcito. It has been called “Tibet of the Marches” in one of the many reviews written by tourists on the famous internet site TripAdvisor. It’s a place outside space and time where the atmosphere is magical.

If you haven’t been there yet, this is a good occasion to organise a trip and to get to know this enchanting place. All that’s left is an old castle which was built in order to defend the Benedictine abbey of Valfucina. You can reach it from the near San Severino Marche by taking the road which leads to Apiro to the district of Castel San Pietro. Its name derives from “ilex” that is to say the tree which arises spontaneously and better known as holm oak.

What’s the oldest Carnival in Italy?

24 March 2019turismomarche
Let’s discover one of the oldest Carnivals in Italy.

As you all know, Carnival is a feast which is celebrated in most Catholic countries. Every year the date changes – this year it was on 5th March, while next year it will be on 25th February – depending on the date for Easter. The period of Carnival precedes the Ash Wednesday. You will probably know that Carnival has very old origins: it is one of the many pagan feasts that have been inherited from Christianity. The word Carnival derives from the latin carnem levare which means “to eliminate meat” and refers to the period preceding the Lent (when you should give up on meat).

But let’s talk about the Italian Carnival, what are the oldest and the most famous ones? The Carnivals of Viareggio, Putignano, Acireale and Venezia are very famous and beautiful. However, one of the oldest takes place in our region: in Fano. A document proves that the Carnival of Fano dates back to 1347, when even back then the “palio Carnevale” was arranged. This document is stored in the Historical Archive of the town. This precious tradition was kept over years and in 1450 the Malatesta family wrote in the Statute that its celebration was necessary.

According to some historians, its origins date back to the reconciliation between the two families: the Guelph family del Cassero and the Ghibelline one Da Carignano. So, the Carnival became a tradition of the city and was embellished every year according to the time. In 1872 the citizenry was informed through a poster of the Società della Fortuna (Company of Luck), a corporation which took care of the celebrations’ programme. Today it’s called Ente Carnevalesca. Another very important event dates back to when Giacomo III Stuart went to Fano to be present at celebrations in 1718.

The wonderful photo of the moon and the lighthouse

20 March 2019turismomarche
A wonderful photo taken with a bright moon in our region.

First let’s talk about the author: he’s Pietro Laureati and takes great pictures in his native city San Benedetto del Tronto and surroundings. His username on Instagram is @pietrolau1. He’s one of our favourite authors because he portrays our beautiful land in all its magnificence.

And now the main characters: the moon and the lighthouse. As you know, the night of February 19th we have witnessed the phenomenon of the supermoon, the year’s largest full moon. This happens when our satellite is located at the closest point to the Earth, at the so-called perigee. On February 19th the moon resided 356,761 kilometres away from the Earth. Because of this phenomenon the moon seemed much larger and brighter than usual.

Obviously, the other protagonist is the lighthouse. The lighthouse of San Benedetto del Tronto came into operation in 1957 and is located between the roundabout and the port area. As you know, it represents one of the essential elements for seamen and sailors to reach the coast. As for its peculiarities, now it works automatically: a photoelectric cell enables the automatic switching on and off. It has a considerable luminous intensity and ensures a visibility of 32 MN.

For everything else there is this beautifully poetic photo.

Why is Gabicce Mare called like this?

20 March 2019turismomarche
Gabicce Mare or Gabicce Monte: where does its name come from?

Behind every name there’s a story and every story – especially if it belongs to a wonderful town like Gabicce Mare – deserves to be told. In this article we will learn something about the toponym – the proper name of a geographic location – of Gabicce Mare. As you already know, Gabicce Mare is a beautiful town which is worth visiting especially in summer: in fact, it is one of the best places on the Adriatic coast where to go on vacation. Gabicce Mare is the northernmost town of our region, it borders with Emilia-Romagna and is located in the province of Pesaro and Urbino. It sits on a little bay called Baia degli Angeli (bay of the angels) and is located on the slopes of Monte San Bartolo (perfect place for a walk).

But where does the name come from? We are not completely sure about its origin, but we can give an interpretation near to historical facts. Thanks to many archaeological finds we know that Gabicce Mare was already inhabited in Roman times, that was already known under the name of Castellu Ligabitii in 998 and had a fort. The origin of its name is still unclear; since the town is located on a hill, some local historians maintain the town could have got the name from its geographic configuration. It comes from the Greek word Lykabettòs which defines a hill located to the northeast of Athens: in fact, as the historical sources dating from 325/24 BC show, Gabicce Mare was one of the places that the Greeks aimed to conquer on the Italian territory.

Photo by @gabiccemareofficial from Instagram

Why are Vincisgrassi called like this?

20 March 2019turismomarche
Today we would like to reveal a curiosity you should know about if you love this dish.

Let’s start by correcting a wrong assumption: Vincisgrassi are NOT Lasagne alla Bolognese. They are a kind of baked pasta, very similar to lasagne, but they are a typical dish from the Marches. Our culinary variant differs in the ragu which has a different cut of meat, and in the béchamel which is more compact – and the dough, too. In addition, the flavour of cloves and nutmeg is stronger in lasagne.

Every grandmother coming from the Marches can cook this dish. You can eat this exquisiteness as main course or as first course of a typical Italian endless lunch. You can taste it everywhere in our region – from north to south – but you should know why it is called like this.

According to tradition, the dish got its name when a woman from Ancona cooked it in honour of the general Alfred von Windisch-Graetz who won during the siege of Ancona in 1799. At the time in Ancona the Austrian troops – together with the Russian and the Turkish troops – fought against the Napoleonic ones that had barricaded our provincial capital. The Austrian general appreciated the dish so much that it got its name from him. Therefore, the surname Windisch-Graetz became Vincisgrassi.

However, the dish was already known: in fact, the cook from Macerata Antonio Nebbia called it “princisgrass” in his cookbook “Il cuoco maceratese” describing it like we know it (with truffle).

Which is the latitude and longitude of Ancona?

7 March 2019turismomarche
Let’s quickly brush up on geography in order to get some more curiosities about our regional capital.

Ancona is one of the stops that everyone who plans to take a trip to the Marches can’t avoid visiting. It’s not only the capital of the region, but also the location of wonderful monuments and beautiful beaches. It’s really worth visiting. Ancona owns an airport, a port and is very well connected to the rest of Italy thank to the railway station. So, there’s no excuse not to visit Ancona . However, today we would like to give you more information about our city. In case you don’t know how to reach our beautiful city, here are the geographical coordinates.

As you know, every point on the earth corresponds to a point of the coordinate system which enables to identify every area of the world in a bijective (in other words a point in the reality can correspond to just one point on a map and vice versa) and accurate way. If we should have to find our city in a net of meridians and parallels, we would need two data: longitude and latitude.

The longitude of Ancona represents the angular value of the parallel arch included between the point where Ancona is and a meridian of reference. In this case the Greenwich Meridian. On the contrary, the latitude of Ancona represents the angular value of the meridian arch included between the point Ancona and the equator. Another important data is the altitude in relation to another reference level (the sea, in this case the middle level of the sea which has been recorded by the mareograph in Genoa).

The data are the following: 

Latitude 43°35’56″76 N

Longitude 13°30’39″60 E7

Maximum or minimum altitude 572.

An Area 51 in the Marches

7 March 2019turismomarche
A peculiar story creates connections between a military base and an area in Ancona. An interesting stop for mystery enthusiasts.

Today we would like to tell you a very peculiar story which the Italian tv programme ‘Mistero’ talked about in 2012, too (below you find the link thereto). You should stop in this area if you are planning to come to our region and are passionate about Italian mysteries, UFOs and aliens. AnconaMount Conero, a beautiful mount located in the area of the Umbrian-Marches Apennine, stands 572 meters above sea level and faces the fabulous Conero Riviera.

Due to its optimal location for the control over the territory and especially over the Adriatic Sea, Mount Conero was chosen as a place where people who had properties, could control the territory. A watchtower was built there in 1710, 100 years after a Napoleonic fort house, whereas underground bases and galleries were built during the World Wars and the Cold War. Since 2000 to this day the 3rd Distaccamento Autonomo Interforze of CII – one of the subsidiary stations of Italian intelligence service – was built and in Poggio there is even an Italian Navy depository.

Some tunnels were dug inside the mount: many people bore witness of the activity during the Cold War. Legends spread and developed. People started to think about missiles pointed to the Slavic coast, about hidden submarines and airplanes ready to take off. But not only. In fact, as you can see in the video, some people believe this portion of territory to be a real Italian Area 51. Therefore, a place where you can deal with aliens and see UFOs.

You just have to go there and discover…

The Pope will be in Loreto on March 25

7 March 2019turismomarche
Here’s all you need to know about the Pope’s visit on March 25, 2019.

It’s a very important moment for our region: Papa Francesco is coming to Loreto. Below you can find all the information we have until now (currently updating).


During the prayer of Santo Rosario in piazza della Madonna what people already thought has been confirmed: “Pope Francis will be among us on March in Loreto, Solemnity of the Annunciation”. The pontifical delegate, archbishop Fabio Dal Cin has announced the news. He told “The pope will come as a pilgrim to the Sanctuary of Santa Casa to confirm the inhabitants of Loreto and pilgrims in the faith, hope and charity, priests and families in the devotion to the ecclesial mission, consecrated brothers and sisters in the testimony of God’s reign. He will bring consolation to sick people. We express deep gratitude to the Holy Father for his visit which represents to us an event of grace, an honour for this city and for our land”


The visit starts at 9:30 and takes place in two moments:

  • The Holy Father celebrates the Holy Mass in Santa Casa which is broadcasted outside the church.
  • Then the Holy Father goes out on the church parvis to meet all devotees.
  • 9.30 – Pope’s entrance in the Sanctuary of Santa Casa.
  • 9.30 – Pope’s mass in SANTA CASA – The Mass is broadcasted outside.
  • At the end of the mass – SIGNATURE of the POST-SYNODAL LETTER to YOUNG PEOPLE.
  • 10.30 – IN THE SACRISTY – Greeting to the Community of Capuchin Friars.
  • 11.00 – IN THE CHURCH – Greeting to sick people.
  • 11.15 – SANCTUARY’S PARVIS – Greeting of Fabio Dal Cin, archbishop of Loreto. Discourse of Pope Francis and greeting to devotees.
  • 12.00 – ANGELUS.
  • 12.30 – Lunch.
  • 14.30 – Departure from the Sanctuary.
  • 14.45 – Departure in a helicopter from Centro “Giovanni Paolo II” in Montorso.


The event is open to everyone: young people, families, adults, elderly, priests, religious people… and the whole God’s people”.

Meeting arrangements

  • You can organise individually and independently.
  • In order to make scheduled arrivals and departures easier it’s necessary to send an e-mail to loretopapa2019@gmail.com
  • You can access from the square, from Viale Sisto V and other locations after 7:00
  • You don’t need to buy any pass or ticket

SICK PEOPLE: send an e-mail to loretopapa2019@gmail.com

PRIESTS and RELIGIOUS PEOPLE: send an e-mail to loretopapa2019@gmail.com

PRESS ACCREDITATION: send an e-mail to ufficiostampa@delegazioneloreto.it

The visit starts at 9:30 and takes place in two moments:

  • The Holy Father celebrates the Holy Mass in Santa Casa which is broadcasted outside the church.
  • Then the Holy Father goes out on the church parvis to meet all devotees.

HERE you can find the letter from the Prelacy and from the Sanctuary of Loreto to all devotees in occasion of the Holy Father Francis’ visit.

Where was this picture taken?

2 March 2019turismomarche

Look at this beautiful portrait: it feels like we’re in Finland or in another Nordic country. Instead, we’re in the Marches.

Firs of all we invite you to follow on Instagram a very talented photographer named Matteo Pipponzi Felici (@matteo_pippo17) who takes wonderful pictures in our region. The picture we are presenting to you has been taken in our region a few days ago. It portrays a great place – and of course one of the coldest – where you can start many excursions to the Sibillini Mountains. Since it’s a magical place of legends (legend of Sibilla), we suggest to visit it both in winter and in summer.

We’re talking about our town Montemonaco. Here’s the picture.

Who is the patron saint of Sirolo?

2 March 2019turismomarche
Let’s discover one of the greatest towns of our region: Sirolo.

The celebrations of patron saints date back to many years ago. Dionigi from Alicarnasso wrote that their origin traces back to the time of cliens and patronus, therefore to Romolo. So, it’s a both Roman and pagan tradition inherited from the Christianity. Also, the name comes from the latin “patronus” which means protector, the protector of the city. The patron saints are assigned to cities or towns for several reasons: they are native of that place, they have carried out a certain activity or practiced a peculiar job and so on.

The patron saint of Sirolo is Saint Nicholas from Bari and is celebrated on 9 May every year. Saint Nicholas is very famous and venerated throughout the Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations, too. He was born in 270 AD in Patara in the modern Turkey and its remains are currently stored in Bari and Venice. He’s especially related to children – it is believed that he gave rise to the character of Santa Claus – and to sailors. According to religion and several legends he worked miracles for poor people.

One of the most famous legends tells the story of a rich man who wanted to force his three daughters into prostitution, since he became poor and couldn’t get them married with dignity. Once Saint Nicholas has become aware of that, he took a large sum of money, wrapped it in a cloth and threw it in front of the door of the man for three nights in a row.

In Sirolo the patron saint is celebrated with the Palio of Saint Nicholas on 9 May, feast day dedicated to the saint, or on the next Saturday or Sunday. The whole city takes part to traditional parades, the benediction of city quarters and the Disfida delle Contrade.

Here is the internet site of the Palio.

How high is Monte Vettore?

2 March 2019turismomarche
It is the highest mount of the region; how high do you think it is?

The region Marches places with the wonderful Monte Vettore after Abruzzo which hosts the Corno Grande, Friuli-Venezia Giulia with its Monte Coglians in the Carnic Alps, the Bernina which raises in Lombardy, the Monte Rosa in Piedmont, the Etna in Sicily, the Marmolada in Veneto, the Mont Blanc in Aosta Valley and the Ortles-Cevedale Group in Trentino-Alto Adige.

This is the perfect place to take a walk in summer or to climb in winter – and maybe to run down a ski slope for ski-tourists. It is located in the charming area of the Sibillini Mountains. It got its name from the latin “victor” – meaning winner – or “vector”, leader of its mountain range. It’s 2476 meters high and belongs to the municipality of Arquata del Tronto located in the province of Ascoli Piceno. Not far from there you can find the breath-taking glacial valley where the Pilate Lake – and its extremely rare little animals – is located.

Because of the presence of the Pilate Lake innumerable are the legends circulating around this mount. Along one of its transverse belts you will notice the presence of gravel that is the fairy path. In fact, the legend tells that the fairies stopped there to dance with the young people of Pretare and escaped at dawn not to be seen in such a hurry that they left their footprints on the way.

HERE you can find some pictures of Sibillini Mountains.

What is ‘ciauscolo’?

8 February 2019turismomarche

Today we would like to present one of the typical products of our area.

We could not avoid dedicating a special article for one of the most popular products of our land: the ciauscolo. First, you should know that its name undergoes some variations – ciaùscolo, ciavuscolo or ciabuscolo – depending on the areas and on the various interpretations. According to some, the origin dates back to the Roman word ‘cibusculum‘ and to the cold cuts on the market during the Langobardic age. The same word refers to a ‘little’ ‘food’, but many interpretations have been given. For example, according to some scholars, ciabuscolo could even be the combination of three Latin words: closebrothlarge intestine.

Originating in the south of our region, you can taste it in the provinces of MacerataAscoliFermo and also Ancona. We are talking about the special sausage of peasant origin. Its history and its diffusion are really intriguing: in fact, one of the first documents in which its name appears, is stored in Macerata, dates back to 1696 and refers to a price list of Belforte del Chienti.

In 2006 the ciauscolo obtained the PGI which stands for ‘protected geographical indication’. After just three years the IGP was also recognised by Europe – even if the IGP is only valid for the one produced in the provinces of Ancona, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno.

How is it made? Each one needs a careful research because of the addition of flavours, but the raw material is always the same: a great mixture of pork meat. There is a mix of meat derived from the shoulder, the bacon, the ham, the oin and in large part from the lard and the addition of flavours such as white wine and pepper.

Its aging must last at least 15 days and it is pink in colour. If you’re around in our region, you should absolutely try it; it’s one of our typical products and we suggest you to accompany it with a good wine. You can spread it: this property is due to the mixture of the meat and to specific processing techniques. If you are in the mountainous area of Macerata or in the hinterland of Ascoli Piceno – where the percentage of fat inside the sausage is higher – you can taste it spread on a good bread or a good focaccia.

Period of the year recommended for tasting: ALWAYS.

Why is ‘Ancona’ called so?

8 February 2019turismomarche
Let’s go to our beautiful capital of the region, and analyse it from a linguistic point of view and not only.

As you know, Ancona is a must-see for people who would like to visit the Marches. It’s not just the capital of the region, it’s also important for its beautiful monuments and beaches. A place where you can get lost and walk, where you can taste the local products and where you can discover the history. In fact, like many other towns in the Marches, Ancona was a crossroad of many important events. Its past echoes through the heritage that is come down to our days: the Cathedral, the Arch of Trajan, the Passetto, the Mole Vanvitelliana and much more.

Even its name tells us much of its past: the name ‘Ancona’ comes from the ancient Greek Ἀγκών or Ankón. The inhabitants were called ἀγκωνίτες (anconìtes) and this is because it was founded by Greeks from Syracuse. Before their arrival, there was a so-called Greek-piceno emporium and its toponym should date back to that time. The term Ankón (Ἀγκών) refers to the meaning of ‘elbow‘ that was the place where the cult of Diomedes was practiced. According to the myth, Diomedes was venerated as a benefactor and as the hero of justice. He was the son of Tideo and Deipile and one of the Achaeans heroes during the war of the Epigones and during the war of Troy.

Then the meaning is Greek, as indeed, for the word ‘Conero’ – κόμαρος (kòmaros) – which means ‘strawberry tree’, and literally the Conero is the mount of strawberry trees. This kind of tree grows in the forests of Mount Conero and produces a red fruit which was very important for the cult of Dionysus.

What is ‘lu bov fint’?

8 February 2019turismomarche

Let’s discover one of the main events in our region that occurs in the first period of the year.

You should know that our region is rich in traditions and events that evoke historical periods. Our medieval and Renaissance villages are decorated so that they become the perfect background to traditional events that attract more and more tourists and fans. The Quintana in Ascoli Piceno and the Palio dell’Assunta in Fermo are among the most famous events of the Marches. However, one of the moments that takes place in the first period of the year and that still gathers thousands of people in the beautiful town of Offida is lu bov fint.

Lu bov fint is the carnival of Offida: a historical carnival which takes place in a town located in the province of Ascoli Piceno. This tradition that has lasted many years, brings to life the spirit of carnival filling the hearts of the inhabitants of the whole area of piceno. It officially begins on St. Anthony’s Day, on 17 January and lasts until Ash Wednesday.

The celebrations are carried out in two weeks; one of the highlights is the ‘Sunday of friends‘, when the congregation of Ciorpento comes out from palazzo Mercolini to start the carnival. Another important event occurs on Fat Thursday, when the mayor delivers the keys of the city to the Congregations – those who will get families and friends together, eager to celebrate carnival – and there is a masquerade in the square. The feast of Lu Bov Fint, which means ‘fake bull’, is celebrated on Friday.

It’s a real festival during which a rudimentary bull built on a frame of wood and iron and covered with a white cloth, is brought on the shoulders by a couple of men. The fake bull will roam about in the streets of the town until reaching the main area, that is the square. There a crowd masquerading in the guazzarò (a typical folklore costume) will wait for the bull’s arrival to provoke it and then will run away. Running around, screaming and shouting will make Offida look like a real bullfight.

In the evening, the end of the party is declared by the slaughter of the bull whose horns have to touch on the column of the municipal building. The final procession of the dead bull represents the final act which is accompanied by the traditional singing of the carnival of Offida.

A trip to Jesi, a city in the middle of history

25 January 2019turismomarche

Jesi is a city located halfway between the mountains and the sea. A place you should absolutely discover. Why? Let’s find out together and retrace its history.

According to tradition, it was founded by Esio, the king of the Pelasgians, who gave to Jesi the symbol of a rampant lion. The foundation of Jesi is actually due to the Umbrians; later the Etruscans who extended their dominion to the Adriatic Sea, conquered the city.

In the fourth century, the river Esino became the southern border of the natural dominion of the Gauls, which transformed Jesi in the last stronghold of defence against the Piceni.

Jesi was transformed into a colonia civium romanorum with the battle of Sentino in 295 B.C. with which Rome finally defeated the Italic peoples. The municipium of Aesis was created in this way: it is characterized by an urban structure corresponding to the model of the Castrum, an intact model, although it is currently blended with the signs of the monuments of the later medieval city.

With the dissolution of the Western Roman Empire, Jesi was included in the twelfth byzantine province of the Mediterranean Pentapolis. In 756, together with other cities, it was under the jurisdiction of the church and so the Popes’ temporal power started. With the coronation as Emperor of Charlemagne in 800, Jesi was under the imperial jurisdiction though belonging to the Church and became part of the new county of Marca.

In 999 the Emperor Ottone III gave back eight counties including Jesi to the Church. From this period the feudal structure of the city took its shape.

Around 1130 Jesi became a free municipality with its own self-government, the Podestà, the Consuls and the School of Arts and Crafts. The preparation of the Statutes occurred at the same time of the construction of the Podestà‘s palaces, the town hall and the Cathedral dedicated to Saint Septimius. During the XII century and the next one, the walls were fortified on the track of those of Roman times.

An episode happened during these years was crucial: in fact, the city had also the honour of giving birth to the emperor Federico II in 1194. During a trip to Palermo, as a legend told us, the Empress Constance had to stop the journey in the beautiful city of the Marches and gave birth to his son in the current main square of the city.

For the occasion, in the square known as piazza Federico II a canopy was erected and Federico was born in front of authorities and citizens. When adult, in August 1239, the emperor sent a letter to the inhabitants of Jesi expressing his love and sense of protection toward his native city which he entitled “Royal City“.

The successful policies of Jesi were linked to the ones of Federico II and his sons Enzo and Manfredi over years with the obtaining of “imperial privileges” followed by unavoidable “ecclesiastical excommunications”.

The crisis of Municipal Institutions and the subsequent advent of powerful families like those of Malatesta, Braccio da Montone, of Francesco Sforza started the age of the Lordship.

In 1447, Francesco Sforza gave Jesi to the Church selling it to the Pope. The end of the period and the recomposition of the municipal planning started a great economic, demographic recovery and especially an increase in the construction industry of the city. Starting from the second half of the XV century, the architecture of the city changed deeply with the construction of new churches and palaces and the progressive urban expansion out of the old walls.

The strengthening of the defensive system carried out by the Florentine Baccio Pontelli and the construction on the project of the Palazzo della Signoria, one of the most beautiful monumental building of the march by Francesco di Giorgio Martini from Siena, date back to this period.

In addition to the economic recovery and the increase in the construction industry, a cultural revival occurred: Lorenzo Lotto from Venice painted for some churches of the city some masterpieces of art and spirituality; in 1472 Federico de’ Conti from Verona printed one of the earliest editions of the Divine Comedy in Jesi and Ciccolino from Lucagnolo, a refined engraver and teacher of Benvenuto Cellini, developed and perfected the art of goldsmithing.

Towards the end of 500, once the local oligarchy had established in the class of landowners, claimed the political and administrative power that held until the second half of the 700.

In 1797 Napoleonic troops put an end both to the aristocratic monopoly and to the control over the countryside.

Two of the most significant historical references for the XVIII century are the following: the transformation of architectural and urban planning of the city and the birth of Giambattista Pergolesi and Gaspare Spontini, two great personalities in the music field that became famous throughout Europe.

In 1808, with the annexation of the Marches to the Kingdom of Napoleon, Jesi became one of the district capitals of the Department of Metauro. After the restoration in 1815, a both laic and bourgeois idea of State started to take shape.

In the early decades of 800, a gradual process of industrialisation began in Jesi with the birth of the first silk factories. The events of the Risorgimento leading to the unification of Italy involved several personalities from Jesi including the Marquis Antonio Colocci. He was elected in 1849 as the representative of the Province of Ancona to the Constituent Assembly of the Roman Republic, and then, after the Unification, as a deputy and Senator of the Kingdom.

On 15 September 1860 the bersaglieri entered in Jesi whereas five days later, in Castelfidardo, the defeat of the papal army carried out by the Piedmont troops sanctioned the final union of the town to the Kingdom of Italy.

Jesi is now defined by UNESCO a “model city” for the preservation of artistic and architectural treasures. It is surrounded by wonderful vineyards that give life to the Verdicchio and its art gallery hosts five works of Lorenzo Lotto. Jesi can be considered as a perfect combination of art, history and culture that makes it an unmissable and unique stop.

Beatrice Perroni

7 Archaeological Parks in the Marche

11 January 2019turismomarche

Our Region is deeply rooted in history, let’s discover the 7 archaeological parks in the Marche region.

Located in the municipalities of Urbisaglia, Sassoferrato, Cupra Marittima, Falerone, Fossombrone, San Severino Marche and Castelleone di Suasa, Marche has 7 archaeological parks located in areas protected by the region, that we are introducing you and are inviting you to visit them.


The Archaeological Park of Urbisaglia is the best example of the level of development reached by the Roman cities of Piceno, and occupies the area of the Roman colony of Urbs Salvia of the Augustan period.
It is about 40 hectares and is the most important and spectacular of the Marche region, with a guided tour that winds through pleasant paths, permitting to grasp the structure of a typical Roman city.
At the highest point there is the Reservoir of the aqueduct, two parallel tunnels that supplied water to the city below.

Then you can find the Theatre, one of the largest in Italy and the only one that retains traces of painted plaster, built in brick at the beginning of the first century AD with an underlying “Building with large niches”. It served as a picturesque link between the various levels of the city, that is, between the overlying plateau of the theatre and the forum.

At the base of the hill lies the majestic sacred area, consisting of a smaller temple and a large Temple with the cryptoporticus, the underground corridor, where you can admire precious frescoes of the iconography related to the propaganda of the Augustan and delicious panes with scenes of animals interspersed with masks of the moon.

Outside of the imposing walls, that in some places is up to five metres tall, there are the Amphitheatre and two impressive funeral monuments, built at the end of the first century AD.

In addition, we recommend visiting the Archaeological Museum, with an exhibition of the Roman city and its territory spread over two floors of a nineteenth-century building in the centre of the modern settlement.

Opening hours of the Park of Urbisaglia:– from 1 March to 14 June: Saturday, Sunday and public Holidays 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00– from 15 June to 15 September: every day 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 19:00– from 16 September to 31 October: Saturday, Sunday and public Holidays 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00– from 1 November to 28 February: Saturday, Sunday and public Holidays 10:00 – 13:00 / 14:30 – 16:30

It is possible to visit the park outside of these hours by reservation only.
For information and reservations: Tel. 0733 506566 / info@meridianasrl.it



The ruins of the Roman city of Sentinum is located in the south of Sassoferrato, consisting of two areas, respectively, in Santa Lucia and Civita.
The town owes its name to the famous battle of Sentino (295 BC) in which the Romans defeated the coalition Italic and conquered the territories of the Middle Adriatic sea.
The remains of the city of Sentinum which now you can see just a small part of the ancient urban extension, followed the course of the natural limits of the plateau.

Nowadays you can see the two main streets, the cardo maximus and the decumanus maximus, the remains of a thermal spa, the ruins of the walls, the mosaic floors, some granite columns, the foundations, some tracks of floors, the drains, the remains of a temple tetrastyle of the Augustan era, and those of other buildings in the village.

Opening hours of the Archaeological Park of Sassoferrato: June to October– Monday from 16:00 to 18:00– From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 16:00 to 18:00 For further information and reservations: Tel.
0732 956257 / 333 7301732 / 333 7300890email: iat.sassoferrato@happennines.it

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The area of the Archaeological Park of Cupra Marittima is extended to the north of the town of the current of Cupra Marittima, for a surface of about 32 hectares.
The fulcrum of the area, as well as of the ancient city, is the forum, which has a vaguely rectangular shape, together with the most significant remains of the forensic area, and a temple of Venus flanked by two arches of honour and placed in a context of great charm and beauty.

Just outside the Roman city, along the Adriatic State road, you can look at the structures of a villa with nymphaeum, that were popular until the fourth century AD and a thermal building with late imperial mosaics.
Subsequent excavation operations have allowed us to put in light the calidarium with the pool in the spa , called “Nero’s Baths”, where you can see the portions of mosaic floors and suspensurae.

The archaeological material recovered in the ancient era is scattered in various museums, even outside of the regional district (Verona, Bologna, Perugia, Rome, Lecce), while that recovered in the last few decades is preserved in the local Municipal Archaeological Museum, located in the medieval village of Marano, in an old tower-house of 1700, the Palazzo Cipolletti.

Opening hours of the Archaeological Park of Cupra Marittima:– From June to September, Easter, Christmas and during other holidays open all day from 18 to 21.
– In other periods, open by reservation.
Information and reservations: Archeoclub – Tel. 0735 778622



The archaeological park of Falerone is extended for about 30 hectares, near the provincial road and joins the remains of the monumental Theatre, the Amphitheatre, the Aqueduct, and other public buildings.
Today it represents the remainder of the places selected by the Romans as the site of Falerio Picenus, an important town of the valley of the Tenna.
Summarily it can be divided into two parts: the first, central, for the most part affected by the construction took place since the seventies; the second, toward the east and toward the north, and almost totally cultivated and suitable for research work and enhancement.
The theatre still looks like a monumental building, considered as one of the Roman theatre best preserved of the Marche region, which is still used in the summer for some performances.

Opening hours of the Archaeological Park of Falerone: January Holidays: 15:30/18:30 February/March: upon reservation April/May: public Holidays 15:30/18:30June: Sundays and holidays 16:00/19:00 July/August: Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 16:00/19:00 September: Sunday, 16:00/19:00October/November: on reservation December:

Holidays: 15:30/18:30

For more information and reservations: Ass.ne Minerva – Cell. 333 5816389 / Mail: minerva.falerone@libero.it


The roman city of Forum Sempronii stood about 2 Km to the west of the present town of Fossombrone, and had a rectangular plan with sides oriented in north-south direction and east west for a surface area of about 20 hectares.

The very name of the Roman town literally means “the Forum of Sempronio”, where the term Forum means properly a market place, highlighting the natural commercial vocation.
The urban layout of Forum Sempronii, was certainly influenced by pre-existing the via Flaminia, which constitute the road, the most important of the city.

The visit to the archaeological area begins from the Church of San Martino, originally plebeian, and the current architecture dates back to the eighteenth century.
To the side of the church you can see a barrel, a large container for liquids or food that was usually buried for more than half of its height, and some of the architectural elements in stone: it is the material recovered from the urban area during the excavations.

The excavations have allowed discovering other stretches of roads paved, and the remains of private and public buildings and fine mosaics, including the one in the center depicts Europa sitting on a bull in the race (that is Jupiter)

The area of the forum, namely, the public square where the two main roads are intersected (the decumanus maximus and the kardo maximus), has not yet been identified, although it is not excluded that it can be situated where now there is the Church of San Martino.

The opening hours of the Archaeological Park of Fossombrone:

It is possible to visit the archaeological park of Fossombrone all year upon reservation only.
For more information and reservations: Tel. 0721 7231; Prof. Giancarlo Gori Tel. 0721 714645


The Archaeological Park of the roman city of Septempeda is located to the east of the current San Severino Marche, on the left of the river Potenza, near the church of St. Maria della Pieve.

It was identified that a large part of the walls built with a square shape with large blocks of sandstone, and made visible to the east gate and that one to the south-west.
You can visit a large spa building consisting of a series of rooms arranged around a central courtyard paved in opus spicatum, and a complex craft with furnaces for the production of ceramics, also dating back to the roman era.
We recommend a visit to the Museo Archeologico Giuseppe Moretti, which preserves prehistoric remains, the picenes and the romans.

The archaeological park of San Severino Marche is open all year upon reservation only.

For more information and reservations:Pro Loco San Severino Marche – Tel.
0733 638414 Municipal Gallery “Tacchi Venturi” – Tel. 0733 638095 Archaeological Museum
G. Moretti – Tel. 0733 6380959


The Archaeological Park of Suasa is located along the Cesano Valley, the ancient town was narrow and long, closed at the edge between the course of the river Cesano to the west and the low hills to the east, and at the end of The first century AD, it was built a large amphitheatre at the base, one of the largest in the region, capable of accommodating several thousand spectators.

The residential complex is the richest and best-known city and it is certainly constituted by the domus of the Coiedii (a rich senatorial family of Suasa), the use of which must be from the II sec. BC to the fifth century AD.

Today it is part of the Archeological Park of Castelleone di Suasa, and was built in a central position between the area of the Forum and the Amphitheater, overlooking the important road axis of the ancient city of Suasa.
The domus has undergone over the centuries various construction projects which have changed the structure, the plan and the decorations.

Opening hours of the archaeological park Castelleone di Suasa:– From 16 March to 30 June: open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 15:30 – 19:30– From 1 July to 31 August: open from Tuesday to Saturday 16:00 – 20:00 and Sunday: 10:30 – 12:30 / 16:00 – 20:00– From 1 September to 8 December, open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 15:30 – 19:30 For further

information and reservations: Tel. 071.966524;


All of the living nativity scenes of the Marche

19 December 2018turismomarche

A tradition of the Marche from Genga up to Falerone.

The living nativity is one of the most characteristic representations at Christmas in Italy. The first living nativity scene dates back to 1223, and was the work of Francesco d’Assisi in Greccio, near Rieti. From that year on, the art of the nativity has spread remaining clearly an Italian and Catholic tradition. However, it has been exported all over the world.

Also in the Marche there are many living nativity scenes and they are organized in the various municipalities. The scenes have not only a meaning for believers, you can find the representations of the arts and customs of that time. We suggest a path from the south to the north among the most beautiful ones we have visited.


40th edition of the Living Nativity 26 December 2018, 17.00, Comunanza.

The living nativity scene of Grottammare, from 26 December to 6 January, the Old Incas – from 16.30 in Grottammare.

The living nativity of Altidona, the 25 December and 26 December in Altidona.


The living nativity of Falerone, the Archaeological Park of Falerone, 26 December 2018, at 17:00 in Falerone.

The living nativity.. in the heart of Montegranaro, 29th and 30th December from 17.00 to 20.00 in Montegranaro.


The 28th edition of the Living Nativity, the 26 and 30 December 2018, 6 January 2019, in Potenza Picena.

The living nativity performed by the children of the childhood, 26 and 30 December from 16 to 18, in Morrovalle.

The way of the Living Nativity Scene in Cessapalombo.


Living nativity in Barbara the 25, 26 and 30 December, 1 and 6 January at 18:00 in Barbara.

The nativity of Genga 26 December and 30 December in Genga.

The living nativity country animated the 26 and 30 December from 16.30 to 19.30, and on the 5th January, the arrival of the three Kings from 20.30 to 22.30 in Serra San Quirico.

Xa edition of the Living Nativity of the Pietralacroce, 26 and 30 December 2018 – 1 and 6 January 2019 – from 17:00 to 19:30 in Pietralacroce.

XXXIV edition of the Living Nativity of the Castle of Precicchie the 26 December and 1 and 6 January in Fabriano.


Living nativity scene of Piobbico.

The Living nativity of Gabicce Mare, on the 26th of December and the 6 January at 16 hours in Gabicce Monte


19 December 2018turismomarche
Five things you can’t miss for any reason

Are you celebrating Christmas in the Marche? Are you planning a tour in our region? Would you like to do a run in one of the most beautiful regions in Italy?

Well, here you will find five things you can’t absolutely miss in the Marche region.


It is the biggest living nativity scene in the world. It covers a surface of 30 thousand square meters into the Gola of Frasassi. It was born in 1981 and is carried out by the citizens of the nice Genga, among which about 300 are characters.
More than 380 thousand people visited this living nativity scene. The portrayals are set in December 26 and December 30.


As every year, they embellish Piazza Arringo for Christmas. In Ascoli Piceno, there is the beautiful Christmas market where you can buy the last gifts, you can taste our local products and buy some Christmas decorations.
Until January 6, you can also skate in the square where there is an ice-skating rink.
So, let’s organize your incredible weekend in Ascoli Piceno!


Would you like to skate in the old town? You can skate in the nice Piazza del Popolo in Fermo where there is an ice-skating rink settled from the end of November. You can also admire the small town of Fermo from the Ferris wheel (it’s the same used by Fedez and Chiara Ferragni for their wedding!).


As every year, the Rossini Conservatory organizes the traditional Christmas concert.
It will take place on Thursday, December 20 at 18.00 at the Chiesa della Maddalena. While in the evening, at 21.00, at the Teatro Sperimentale (free entrance), the Gioachino Orchestra will perform together with the choir “Gemme” of the primary school, Missionarie della Fanciullezza of Pesaro with the special participation of the baritone Nicola Alaimo.


During Christmas holidays, you should not miss one of the most beautiful exhibitions you can admire in the Italian artistic overview. We are talking about the exhibition that is located in Macerata at the Civic Museums of Palazzo Bonaccorsi. The opening is from Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm., Guided tours require booking: 22-23, and 29-30 December h 15, 5-6 and January, h 15.

The 4 countries facing the sea to visit in the Marche region

14 December 2018turismomarche

The Marche, bathed by the north to the south by the Adriatic Sea, have a large number of towns and villages that overlook the sea: here are the 4 places that you absolutely must visit.

Brands, in their precious cocktail of art cities, seaside resorts and natural parks, it also has a very important ingredient from the point of view of tourism and of the beauty of the area: the villages and the towns that overlook the sea.

In the Marche region, in fact, there is a large number of villages along the coast. Those who travel to the region can visit them all from North to South, from the province of Pesaro – Urbino to Ascoli Piceno.

Turismo Marche suggests 4 cities that have two characteristics in common: their extraordinary beauty and a spectacular position, which offers a unique view ranging from the sea to the mountains.

Starting from the North, you have to absolutely stop at Fiorenzuola di Focara.

His village is surrounded by the enchanting Park of San Bartolo, which will make you go back in time with its medieval buildings and you will enjoy a fantastic view on the sea.

The view of the most beautiful is the one in the direction of Pesaro, where you can see the whole of the wild coast that runs at the foot of the Park of San Bartolo.

Heading South, we strongly recommend visiting Sirolo, the pearl of the Riviera of Conero.

Sirolo is located in the province of Ancona, and is a jewel immersed in the Park of the Conero, surrounded by the green of nature and blue of the sea.
The small village offers various views of the sea, the two most striking are those from the park, where you can enjoy the landscape completely away from all noise, and from the central square of the village.

In the province of Fermo instead, place on a small hill, there is Torre di Palme.
It represents the charm of the middle Ages that dominates the sea, an ancient village from the mysterious atmosphere that will make you breathe with breathtaking views on the Adriatic sea.
You must visit the churches, palaces and ancient streets of the town.

Finally, there is Grottamare, perched on a promontory that slopes down to the sea.
Grottammare is one of the most suggestive villages of the Marche region, belonging to the Riviera of the Palme.

Its art nouveau villas, its ancient churches, the old medieval castle on the top, are some of the important themes of its famous old town.

A historic centre that rises to the top, from which you can admire a beautiful view towards the sea and the Riviera delle Palme.

Four extraordinary and amazing places that you may not absolutely miss in the choice of tours to do during a pleasant holiday in the Marche.

The most beautiful photos of the winter sea in Fano

14 December 2018turismomarche

The winter sea is “a concept that the thought does not consider” singing Ruggeri or maybe even one of the shows that Nature offers. Today, we went to comb through the archive of one of the most important photographic agencies, Getty Images, and we bring a selection of the best photos that describe the winter sea in Fano.

We chose this location because there will be the parade floats of the oldest Carnival in Italy through the streets of the town in the province of Pesaro Urbino. Then, to be prepared on what to see or what to expect from this town we thought we would provide you with a photographic guide.

In the summer, in addition to one of the best beaches in the Marche region, Fano hosts the fantastic Festival of the Sea, the tradition is to remember the fallen fanesi of the sea with a parade of ships from the old port to the open sea, and then a crown of laurel is thrown. In the evening, some fireworks light up the sea. This festivity is very widespread in the Marche, it is carried out by over thirty years in Fano, indeed, but also in Ancona, Porto San Giorgio, Campofilone and for more than ten years in Porto Recanati and Porto Civitanova).

Its water has been awarded several times for its purity and its maritime tradition is well known. Thanks also to the sea, the gastronomy of Fano is known all over the world. The fish soup of Fano (there is also the Festival del Brodetto in the city) is one of the specialities that mixes superbly the various types of fish from the Adriatic sea. Cuttlefish, squid, prawn, shrimps, monkfish, mantis shrimps and many other ingredients in a single dish.

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The Sanctuary of the Santissimo Crocifisso in Ostra

14 December 2018turismomarche

Among the many places of worship in the Marche region there is also a small wonder, the Sanctuary of Santissimo Crocifisso, in Ostra.

According to an inscription on the portal, the Sanctuary , was built in 1333 and defined earlier the Church of St. Gregorio, since it shows the altar dedicated to the Pope.

The structure is designed in a Gothic style, only in 1343 was added a small bell-tower for which were given to the two bells.

In the course of the centuries it suffered various modifications, including the addition in the NINETEENTH Century of the two huge windows on the facade, and in 1860 the name of the Sanctuary of Santissimo Crocifisso by the Bishop of Senigallia.

The building is situated on the main street of Ostra; it overlooks a recess and inside it is rich of decorations of the baroque.

There are also the beauties of the furniture inside, including an organ adorned by a canopy, and various paints.

Among the works preserved there is also the agonizing Christ of Bartolomeo Silvestri from Verucchio, a very expressive wooden sculpture, typical of the baroque age.

A journey to the discovery of the houses of the great Italian writers

7 December 2018turismomarche
A beautiful book published by Feltrinelli, edited by Mauro Novelli introduces us to the interior of the houses of the greats of Italian literature.

It is recently released, in the month of October, and it has already been reviewed by many Italian newspapers. It is called “La finestra di Leopardi”, the latest literary work of Mauro Novelli, who leads us to know precisely the houses of the most famous Italian writers. The idea for the book was born at the turn of our region. The author tells the story, in the Introduction, when landed in the port of Ancona coming back from Greece to interview Tonino Guerra, he went in Romagna and through the landscapes crossed and the Apennines, and he was stuck. And so he decides to retrace the lives of the authors from another point of view: their place of refuge.

What is the meaning of this trip? “What we hope to take away from us, that is not on sale? It is only a matter of fetishism, voyeurism? I think not – not for me, at least. Sure, take a look at the private lives of celebrities can intrigue and entertain”. And then we can know the fathers of our language from another point of view, “the focused silence of their quiet rooms is interrupted by echoes of shots, gasps, cries, quarrels, cries of love, sighs of unhappiness, cork, jumping, rosaries quietly recited”.

We have not yet boarded at the time of the other destinations in the company of Petrarch, Manzoni, Pavese, Fenoglio, D’Annunzio, Tasso, Carducci, Pascoli, Quasimodo, Pirandello, Deledda, Pasolini, and many others. However, certainly, we know and we recommend you move to Recanati, in the city of the Leopardi.

There are many things to see: the palazzo Leopardi, which overlooks the square, the same place from where Leopardi got the idea for his “Sabato del Villaggio“. The library accounted for the majority of his father Monaldo, but also the house of Teresa Fattorini. The famous Silvia. And really so much more: the museums, the old town.

HERE you can find more information on Casa Leopardi.

All the ski-skating rinks of the Marches

7 December 2018turismomarche
Here is the list with the maps of all the ski-skating rinks in our region.

One of the most important appointments at Christmas takes place at an ice-skating rink. The appointment with the ice in our beautiful squares is spreading throughout the region. There are many new entries and other locations are just confirmed.

What else? We suggest you to go for a skate at nightfall or when you think there are less people as possible so that you can enjoy the spectacle and the beauty of the places.

All the rinks were opened and will be closed between 6 January and 15 January.

Ascoli Piceno – Piazza Arringo 

Porto d’Ascoli – Piazza del Redentore


Fermo – Piazza del Popolo


Macerata – Piazza della Libertà


Civitanova Marche – Casa di Babbo Natale


Porto Recanati – Piazza delle Rimembranze


Recanati – Piazza Giacomo Leopardi


Fabriano – lungo il Corso


Osimo – Piazza Boccolino


Ancona – piazza Cavour


Corinaldo – Via del Corso


Senigallia – Piazza Manni


Fano – piazza Avveduti


Pesaro – Piazza del Popolo

Exhibition “watches’ Market in Fermo 2018”

7 December 2018turismomarche
Exhibition “watches’ Market in Fermo 2018”

Do you spend a beautiful time? Then you also have to have a nice watch … the famous phrase from the movie Rocky seems to resonate as an excellent introduction to the now historic Exhibition of Watches and vintage Jewellery that will be held in Fermo on December 9, 2018.

A journey across the time, from 9.30 am until 19 pm, free entry at the Hotel Astoria, for fans or curious people, prestigious collections and watches that leave you getting lost lost, among all kinds of hands and dials.
The event, now in its thirty-first edition, has been enriched over the years and now has more than 50 exhibitor from all over Italy and also from abroad, in a city that is a symbol as Fermo is, where from Palazzo dei Priori to the Duomo will open a very interesting tourist route that winds among about 19 clocks located in different points of the city.
To further enhance this journey in collecting, among other rarities, this is the exhibition of a unique jewel, presented by a world champion of fencing.

The collaboration with Montefiore dell Aso is renewed in 2018, that is the head of the prestigious Watch Museum, where different mechanisms of gnomonic, historical importance and engineering are kept , from the clock without the hand of Pietro Mei in 1855, to the mechanism of Melloncelli, up to the beauty of the dials, or the fascination of celestial mechanics.

Included in the exhibition are also several repairers of watches, a symbol of a skill that seems to have remained in the hands of a chosen few.

In the spotlight there is the time … for many is like a source of stress, and for others, is seen as an opportunity: “time, space and their measurement,” will be the theme at the centre of the discussion in a round table that will take place in the same morning of Sunday the 9th with the participation of the Engineers Oronzo Mauro del Sole 24 Ore.
And to stay in the theme of “time” … a little trick to stop the moment is to do a selfie in the humorous frame of the clock, the symbol of the Exhibition-Market of Fermo.

What is Turismo Marche?

3 December 2018turismomarche

We explain some of our services and our mission: join our network, many facilities have already done it!

It is an international circuit of touristic promotion on the Web that has the aim of enhancing the territory of the Marche Region in all its peculiarities and beauties. Thanks to our innovative platform of Web Marketing and our professionalism, we are able to give maximum visibility and notoriety to the Marche region and to the facilities that join to our network.

You should know that we do not only speak Italian: we have sections of our websites in English, German, Dutch, and we are projected to a constant internationalisation also thanks to our participation in the Great Events and International Exhibitions. A circuit authentic and experiential that qualifies your welcome, protecting it from false reviews through the Witness Experience Certification that ensures all users of the reliability of the information provided by the visitors and the facilities.


Visibility in our portals

Our sites and our socials provide visibility on the web for accommodations that join our network; a flow of visitors larger and larger, constantly supported by the blog and coming from all over the world. In addition, you will have the opportunity to spread your offers and promotions within a specific portal.

Management of the socials

We think it is fundamental to have a excellent presence in the socials (Facebook & Instagram). We offer packages designed according to your needs to better manage your brand, communicate, engage and increase your audience.

Brand Reputation, Brand Identity & Sentiment Analysis

Brand reputation is a reality that is decisive for those who decide to get the best result from their online activities. What is the feedback of the customers? What are the indications of the network?

Every business has an image to build, protect and maintain. We constantly monitor your image, we study some strategies to improve it, we offer support and assistance for an effective communication. The sentiment analysis, in this sense, it is the fundamental tool to understand and analyze the level of satisfaction that the users express on the web in relation to your welcome.

We will follow your guests by collecting their needs and expectations even before the beginning of the stay and, later, the reviews on the holiday spent in your establishment, making them the protagonists of tips and suggestions for a progressive improvement.

Our strategy is aimed at customer loyalty with the users who surf on your websites and in your socials.

Reviews in our blog

Our articles have thousands of readers, so we thought that you should be inserted with special reviews made by us in our blog, and spread in our socials.

High-Quality tourism & Certificate of Authenticity Witness Experience

Our mission is to promote quality in the touristic sector. We are a leader in the field of airturism with our annual presence at the AeroFriedrichshafen and we have agreements with tour operators of Dubai.

The Certification Witness Experience, however, guarantees to the travelers and users that the information contained on the portals are authentic and truthful, preventing the publication and spread of false reviews:a Technical Committee controls the entire network and periodically verifies the authenticity of the information spread by the facilities through our websites and the reviews posted by guests and users.

Branding Improvements

How to improve your brand. We are always looking for quality, so we provide our experts for photo shoots, video, web site creation and organization of events.



Where is the narrowest alley in Italy?

3 December 2018turismomarche

This is one of the records which Rejecelle, Città della Pieve and San Giorgio Morgeto are competing for. We are more than sure, instead, that it belongs to a small village in the Marches.

It is called Ripatransone and it is located in the province of Ascoli Piceno. One of the things you should see in this wonderful town is this small road just 43 cm large. The structure of the road is irregular and the mid-point measures 38 cm. If you are wondering if it is possible to cross it, we answer immediately: of course.

43 cm correspond more or less to the height of the shoulders of a man of average height. In the narrowest part it reaches 38 centimetres, so you will have to do some operations, but it will be easy. Once you have completed the mission, you should go to the tourist office that will issue the certificate stating the crossing of the narrowest alley in Italy. Even if it dates back to a very remote period, it was discovered in 1968 when the measurement of all the alleys of the old town was carried out by professor Antonio Giannetti.

What should you know before visiting this place? Well, it is located in the middle of the Belvedere del Piceno where are stunning views are. It has very ancient origins and was known as “Le Ripe”, a place between Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. In this area there are many places to visit (monuments and churches) and you can eat very well because an excellent wine and an excellent olive oil are produced there.

What is the chirocephalus marchesonii?

14 November 2018turismomarche
Many of you have heard about it, others surely not. Therefore, we strongly suggest you to go and know it).

The chirocephalus marchesonii is a crustacean of the family Chirocephalidae. Its species is only visible in a territory: inside the Pilate Lake on Mount Vettore. It was discovered in 1954 by Vittorio Marchesoni, the then director of the Botanical Institute of the University of Camerino from which it takes its name. In his research he observed the rarity of this new crustacean that was later sampled by Ruffo and Vesentini.

Therefore, if you are driving to the beautiful Sibillini Mountains, you can not miss this wonderful experience: climbing along the long path that leads to the Pilate Lake, hearing the legends that these places hide and getting to know the chirocephalus. If you overlook the lake along the allowed tracts – it is very important to follow the prohibitions for the preservation of the species – you will also notice with the naked eye the elongated and cylindrical body of this cute animal.

Two questions could arise with such a spectacle of nature: how does it reproduce? But especially, how can it be preserved? Well, you should know that the chirocephalus has three body areas which are well divided and one of these can preserve the reproductive organs. It lays very small eggs, but much larger than those of his species. They are spherical in shape and measure 0.43 mm.

The chirocephalus is able to resist in an environment where it snows almost every year or where the lake is dried up in summer. The climate change could lead to its extinction. In short, as an old song said referring to this pet, it fights for “an embarrassing defence of the status quo”.

A tour in the Marche for all sports fans

5 November 2018turismomarche
Here is a unique Tour for all sports fans! From football to volleyball, from fencing to basketball, here is our purpose.

Are you ready to go on one of our great tours? Here is a very special offer for you: we walk together through the places that represent the best symbols of the sport excellence of the Marche. Places that have seen great challenges or are still a magnet for sport events. This time we start from the south, from Ascoli Piceno.

• The “Cinema e Lillo Del Duca” stadium in Ascoli Piceno

This is the fortress of Ascoli Calcio 1898, a team that plays in Serie B football league. It was built in 1955, although its most important restructuring was carried out thanks to the legendary president Costantino Rozzi: the one where the hottest cheering takes place and the avenue in front of the stadium. It was inaugurated in 1962 with a game between Italy and England.
The history of the stadium became more and more a place for thrilling games, thanks to the achievement of Serie A by Ascoli Calcio (1974), year in which the Ascoli fans also organized them. Imagine! Here Italy played at the 1985 World Cup (against Portugal); It was the scene of intense Serie A and B season, when the most famous players (like Francesco Totti, for example) stepped on the grass of Del Duca. But it is also the place where two friendly matches of Italian rugby and some important concerts have taken place. We recommend to visit this gem during an Ascoli Calcio game.

o The Eurosuole Forum by Civitanova Marche

Did you know that you have to come to Civitanova Marche to see some Champions League games ?! Of course we speak about volleyball and Lube Civitanova Marche belongs to the Italian and international excellencies. The building was built in 2014 and can accommodate up to 4,000 spectators. This makes it the ideal venue for volleyball, equipped with Italian tricolor parquet until last year.
The championship will be very exciting this year. The Lube Civitanova Marche has managed to buy the best players (especially Leal and Simon) and to keep his jewels (Juantorena and Sokolov, for example). We are ready to participate in many games at the highest level!

  – The Adriatic Arena of Pesaro

The basketball temple of the Marche is located in Pesaro: here is Victoria Libertas Pesaro. A spectacular facility that can accommodate up to 10 thousand spectators. It is not surprising that there are many concerts here (Eric Clapton, Pino Daniele, Pavarotti, Santana, Jovanotti, Queen, Oasis, Vasco Rossi and many others have also played here). Its inauguration took place in 1996 with a wonderful concert by Luciano Pavarotti. Due to its shape and style, it is also known as the “Spaceship”.

For basketball lovers, however, it is called BPA Palas, the symbolic place of the legendary home team Scavolini Pesaro. To date, the Marche team has changed its name to Victoria Libertas Pallacanestro, but continues to play in Serie A and defends the championship won in the ‘80s.

 – The Palazzetto dello sport Ezio Triccoli in Jesi

One of the most popular sports in the center of the Marche is fencing. The best athletes in the world come from our region. We are talking about the Club scherma di Jesi and of course Annarita Sparaciari, Susanna Batazzi, Stefano Cerioni, Giovanna Trillini, Valentina Vezzali and Elisa Di Francisca. All the names of athletes who have won the impossible worldwide. So, if you’re close by, take a trip to the place where the best athletes in the world grow up.
The structure was dedicated to fencer Ezio Triccoli, who founded the Jesi club in the ‘40s and ‘50s after returning from a prison camp in Africa. The inauguration dates back to 1992 and is also the place where the city’s volleyball and basketball teams play.

 – Beachvolley in the Fermo area

In order to experience this, you should return in the summer when many chalets set up camps or when the free beach areas are equipped with beach volley fields. There are numerous summer tournaments and many fans from the Fermo area and others, that come to play. Porto San Giorgio, where the Italian beach volleyball championship took place, is a place where numerous buildings are currently establishing themselves for such activities. Always on the coast you will also find indoor facilities for the next season!

Where can I find the electricity charging stations in the brands?

5 November 2018turismomarche
The charging stations are the electric recharging points of your electric vehicle. Whether car, motorcycle or bicycle, you can recharge it at these places in the Marche region.

Even in the Marche region, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly common. Here’s a useful suggestion if you are in our region or decide to travel to our beautiful provinces.

If you think the list is not exhaustive and a charging station is missing, do not hesitate to contact us. We also invite you to tell us your opinion on the effective functioning of the charging stations!


San Benedetto del Tronto (1): Via Luigi Dari.

Ascoli Piceno (2): Via Del Commercio; Via Piemonte.


Fermo (3): Piazza Dante Alighieri; Via Alfredo Beni; Via Giacomo Filippo Maria Prosperi.

Francavilla d’Ete (1): Contrada Pieve Vecchia.

Montegiorgio (1): Via Faleriense.

Pedaso (1): Via dei Piceni.

Porto Sant’Elpidio (1): Via Caserta.


Civitanova Marche (2): via Calatafimi; via San Costantino.

Mogliano (2): via Roma; Contrada Acquevive.

Montefano (1): Contrada Intriglione.

Recanati (1): via Biagetti.

San Severino Marche (2) via Cesolo Colmone 127; via Gorgonero.

Treia (1): via Gioco del pallone.


Ancona (4): via Conca; via I Maggio; via Pastore Giulio; via Sparapani Enrico.

Aspio Terme (1): via Aspio Terme.

Fabriano (1): Località Rocchetta Bassa.

Jesi (1): via Alessandro Ghislieri.

Loreto (1): via Sisto V.

Osimo (1): via Vecchia Fornace.

Senigallia (1): Lungomare Alighieri Dante.


Fermignano (1) via Roma.

Pesaro (1) viale dei partigiani.

Roncosambaccio (presso il cole delle Terrazze B&b).

The best autumn photos in the Marche region

5 November 2018turismomarche
Autumn delight with its colors! Do not miss the autumn in the Marches!

Here are some of the best photos we found on the internet. Many of them represent our beautiful monuments with a new light or simple panoramas which changed colour without us noticing, the first snowfalls over the wonderful Sibillini Mountains and the nice autumnal tones.

And what do you think? Choose the one you prefer and send us yours!






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Which villages in the Marche have received the orange flag?

5 November 2018turismomarche

Why are only the inland villages named? And which are those from the Marche region? Discover these and much more (and don’t miss to take a look at all the pictures in the gallery!)

The villages that have the tourist-environmental quality mark, conferred by the

Touring Club Italiano, awarded the orange flag. The recognition is given only to inland municipalities, provided they have a maximum of 15 thousand inhabitants and they distinguished for excellence and quality of hospitality.

The project of the orange flags (unlike the

blue flag) is uniquely Italian but has also been included in the World Tourism Organization. To date there are 227 and 22 are in the Marche, we are only behind Piedmont and Tuscany.


Our tip on which to visit? All of course! So think about it and look for the best solution on where to stay. Click on the country and you will find many tips on what to do, where to stay and when to go there!


In the province of Ancona: Corinaldo, Genga, Offagna, Ostra, Serra San Quirico, Staffolo.

In the province of Fermo: Monterubbiano.

In the province of
Ascoli Piceno: Acquaviva Picena, Ripatransone.

In the province of Pesaro – Urbino: Frontino, Gradara, Mercatello sul Metauro, Mondavio, Cantiano.

In the province of Macerata: Camerino, Montecassiano, Montelupone, Pievebovigliana, San Ginesio, Sarnano, Urbisaglia, Visso.

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Between Belvederes and natural balconies

24 October 2018turismomarche

At the newspaper stand here in Italy you can find the new issue of WhyMarche, where we propose, with our section, a path for romantics, for photographers or mere observers, a wonderful tour in some remarkable towns between belvederes and nature balconies!

Whether in summer, in winter, in spring or autumn, whether on the beach or in the mountains, from north to south of the Marche, the region gives us a variety of landscape panoramas and interesting places where you can let the mind run free and fully capture the peculiarity of the places.

Through this itinerary you will be surprised to discover what a tremendous wealth this region has in itself: recommended for photo tours, but also for those who want to observe the flora and fauna of the area through a fascinating and exciting naturalistic experience, or for Sports fans and outdoor activities.

Pietrarubbia in the Montefeltro (PU)

Renaissance landscapes from the castle

In the high Montefeltro in the province of Pesaro-Urbino is the village of Pietrarubbia, recently renovated by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. The Pietrarubbia castle is an ancient property of Montefeltro and its ruins cling to a rock spur whose reddish color gave it the name “petra rubra” (red earth).

The history of the area, an old mining center, takes visitors back in ancient times to meet people from distant eras and old blacksmiths who served the Dukes of Urbino. In front of the Pietrarubbia Castle on a rocky and steep area, with a fantastic landscape, stands the ancient romanesque church of St. Arduino, where there is an iodine-salt-bromine water source.

In the village there is the monastery of the Capuchins, where the “flying monk” lived: St. Joseph of Copertino. The church of S. Silvestro from the 15th century, with precious marble altar and the bronze rosette is worth a visit. Pietrarubbia is considered one of the most beautiful villages of the Marche, embedded in the rocks and located on the hills, which give the place the charm of fascinating panoramic views.

Cingoli (MC)

The gentle hills of the Marche

Cingoli, a town in the province of Macerata, at the foot of Mount Circe, has always been known as the “Balcony of the Marche” for its wide horizons with enchanting views. From the Adriatic Sea to Monte Conero and, on clear days, the view can reach as far as the Sibillini Mountains and the Dalmatian coasts. The panoramic terrace is located on the castle wall. Its territory is ideal for exploring nature trails rich in flora and fauna. Noteworthy is the view of the lake of Cingoli or Castreccioni, the largest artificial basin of the Marche.

Cingoli, which is quite high above sea level, is the ideal place for winter visitors, especially when covered in white snow blankets, for those looking for emotions. Among the picturesque medieval streets and historical sites of the village, the Romanesque-Gothic church of the convent of Sant’Esuperanzio, which has converted many pagans and heretics, and the magnificent Palazzo Cina della Scala, home of a famous noble family. Noteworthy are the Maltempo fountain and the Cassero, a fortress in which a prison was located.

Conero (AN)

The silence of nature: beaches, cliffs, Mediterranean macchia

The most likely hypothesis is that Monte Conero takes its name from a shrub of the Mediterranean macchia: the strawberry tree (corbezzolo), from which an excellent rosé wine and honey are made. Seen from the sea, the mountain has a majestic appearance because of its overhangs and the many paths. On the promontory there is the Natural Park Conero, which is accessible through narrow paths that invite to discover the flora and fauna of the area.

The particularity of the promontory has, over time, contributed to the emergence of many legends, all of which are connected with tragic events, which is why the mountain is called “the Conero of Secrets”. The promontory stretches over the town of Ancona, Sirolo, Numana, Camerano tends, due to the erosion of the waves, with steep slopes towards the sea, and much gentler towards the hinterland. The highest part is covered by forest, around it are several hills, and the hamlet Poggio lies on one of them. When going down we find other hills with areas like Montacuto and Varano.

Montefalcone Appennino (FM)

Looking west to the Sibillini

Montefalcone Appennino, a village in the province of Fermo, perched on a high rock, formed by a 4 million year old rock spur, which therefore represents its dominant feature. It offers a panorama of incomparable beauty that stretches across the entire chain of Monti Sibillini. The location in the middle of nature makes it an enchanting place: Particularly interesting is the Tronelli garden, where meandering paths with plants of various species meander in the middle of nature, along the cliff.

The castle Farfense, characterized by a single tower, rises in all its beauty on the upper part of the country, and from here, on clear days, it is possible to enjoy breathtaking landscapes. In October, the streets of the city are livened up by street artists and markets with typical and artisanal products: this is the most popular opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views that the country offers, especially for photography lovers.

Cupra Alta – Marano (AP)

The Middle Ages on the sea

Cupra Marittima is a town whose origins have been lost over time. It has a Romanesque past, still visible in the architectural structures. Destroyed in the ninth century, it was rebuilt at its present location in the Middle Ages, and named Castrum Maranum, which later became Marano. It is a city with an enchanting view that disappears on the horizon of the beautiful Adriatic below, whose shoreline is shaded by palm trees and colorfully painted by oleanders. Marano is indeed the heart of the country, that rises above the sea.

Equally suggestive are the ruins of the castle of S. Andrea, also overlooking the sea. It has an archaeological park, where you can admire numerous artifacts from the excavations and remains of the ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Cupra. Numerous churches, located in the upper part of Cupra, where the Romanesque craftsmanship is expressed, bear witness to so much history. Ancient palaces, towers full of history and suggestive lanes with flourishing balconies emphasize the beauty of this enchanting place.

How was the caves of Frasassi discovered?

22 October 2018turismomarche

47 years after the discovery of the Frasassi Caves, there is another discovery by the CAI of Jesi, the Grotta della Via Crucis. But how were the Caves discovered?


It all started around June 1948 when the Gruppo Speleologico Marchigiano (Marches Speleological Group) in the province of Ancona had been exploring the area for months. There were numerous explorations (for research on naturalist and historical studies) that were also carried out at the turn of the two wars, but the history of that territory changed on June 28, 1948 when the entrance to the Grotta del Fiume was found.
Later, in
1966, he discovered a path that proceeded for over a kilometer from the entrance. From that point the explorations multiplied, many were the speleologists who went to the area every year. In July 1971, some experts in the area found themselves faced with a very narrow hole from which it flowed a disproportionate air stream. They worked for weeks to expand the passage and first discovered a path of five kilometers and then, on September 25, 1971, the Grande Cava del Vento (Great Cave of the Wind).

Fabio Sturba also took part in that fortunate expedition. He recently gave an interview to the daily newspaper “La Repubblica”, together with the other shipping companions, on the 47 years anniversary of the discovery. On that occasion he also explained how the magnificent Grotta Grande del Vento was found:

“I threw a stone and waited to hear the thud. When he touched the ground, I was not hoping for it anymore […] A draw with matches decided that Maurizio Bolognini would have the honor, then me. I went down on a rope, around me I saw only the darkness: I felt like a spider hanging from the thread. It was at that moment that I realized how infinitely small we are […] We went on Saturday, the night slept a few hours in the cave on a bench of chalk that absorbed a bit moisture and re-emerge only on Sunday. “

And this week we register a further discovery. The CAI group of Jesi has officially announced the discovery of a new cavity and called it the Grotta della Via Crucis. It seems to have very small dimensions and is located on the San Vittore di Genga side.

The Frasassi Caves remain a huge sight to visit.

Official sponsor of Teatro dell’Aquila in Fermo

19 October 2018turismomarche

Our network broadens its horizons with a big step also towards cultural tourism.

Along all its extension, the
Marche Region is dotted with numerous cities of art with incredible charm and ancient villages immersed in the characteristic hilly and maritime landscapes.

From the North to the South of the region, therefore, you can admire many beauties: from nature sites to charming destinations, to the locations of great events up to the paths of taste and typicality: a variety that certainly does not leave the visitor disappointed.

Besides all this, there is also an aspect of no lesser importance: what is commonly referred to as “cultural tourism“, that is, the amount of events and representative events that distinguish and enliven this country and often attract the attention of a foreign audience.

The choice of the Teatro dell’Aquila in Fermo, in this sense, is part of a larger project of
internationalization and enhancement of the excellence hosted in this region, with the support of promotional activities and effective communication capable to elevate with culture and art the natural vocation of hospitality that this territory is able to offer.

The Teatro dell’Aquila in Fermo, with its spectacular stage, its approximately 1000 seats, its valuable paintings, its perfect acoustics, and not least its theatrical and prose program, further enriched compared to the past years, are certainly the mirror of a grandiose vitality in the eyes of a attentive public, sensitive to the language of authentic beauty that the works and concerts express.

The exploration of these lands, therefore, is enriched through the various facets of culture and art, which we invite everyone to live in the fullness of the emotions they transmit and in the authenticity that the places of the Marche can express.

The 7 wonders to see in the Marche region

31 August 2018turismomarche

Here are the 7 places not to be missed on your holiday in the Marche, unique wonders to visit

We recommend 7 places considered wonders, which you cannot miss on your trip to the Marche region. Mountain, sea, hill and city, many pleasant discoveries for all tastes.

Park of Monte San Bartolo

Its characteristic is that of being a park immersed in the green of the Mediterranean scrub overlooking the sea and the charming Gabicce Mare, a well-known seaside resort. The colours, the atmosphere and the evening sunsets are particularly striking by those extraordinary heights. There are also many paths that allow you to reach fantastic views or pristine niches, immersed in the deep blue sea and the smelling waterfalls of flowering brooms.


Urbino is an art city of the Marche nicknamed “the Renaissance” because it was one of the most important centres of the Italian Renaissance. It is in fact pleasant to visit the town with particular attention to what remains of that Renaissance era of which Urbino was witnessed, among its ancient palaces, churches, monuments and squares. Palazzo Ducale, home to the National Gallery of the Marche, is of great value, in which works of extreme importance are exhibited, such as the very famous “Città Ideale”. Another precious place of interest is the Casa di Raffaello, to enter into the heart of the history of the great Italian artist.

Velvet Beach – Senigallia

Senigallia, important destination for seaside tourism, offers a coastline of fine and soft sand, ideal for a beach holiday with children. This characteristic Velvet Beach is a particularity not to be missed during your trip to the Marches, together with the beauty of the suggestive Rotonda sul Mare.

Riviera del Conero

The Riviera del Conero is the most enchanting natural scenery in the Marche region. The beauty of Monte Conero blends with the sea and the most characteristic beaches of the Marche region: a picture that has no equal in the world. The green of the Mediterranean scrub, the white pebbles of the free beach, the blue and crystalline water of the sea, the green and fascinating bays, are some of the colours of this mythical scenery of the Marches.

Frasassi caves

In the Caves mystery and wonder are a perfect combination that expresses an enchanting underground nature. The Frasassi Caves are located on the territory of Genga, in the area of Fabriano. They develop in a path inside a vast area of the mountain, a view of the unusual nature underground, characterized by stalactites and stalagmites of such beauty that leaves you breathless.

Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno is the most beautiful art city of the Marche. It has a cultural baggage among the richest of the Marche, all to visit to discover the past history that made it so. The real wonder of the city is made of squares, towers, Romanesque churches, ancient streets, Renaissance and medieval buildings. Worthy of note is the extraordinary Piazza del Popolo, famous for its total travertine paving, on which stand Palazzo dei Capitani and the historic Church of San Francesco. Other not to be missed treasures are also the magical Teatro Ventidio Basso, and the Cathedral of Sant’Emidio located in the beautiful Piazza Arringo.

Sibillini Mountains

So-called because of a legend about the Sibyl fairy who lived there in the distant past, the mountain range of the Sibillini Mountains is a unique and rare jewel of the Marche. Its colours will bewitch you, and its paths will make you live strong emotions, where you will recognize the beauty and the magic of a special territory of the Marche.

The grand opening of the seaplane base of Gerosa lake

22 August 2018turismomarche

A brief recap of what happened in Gerosa, where once again we’ve been part of a great project.

It went all as it was planned. We’ve witnessed to the triumph of different experiences which lead up to the grand opening of the seaplane base of Gerosa lake. The moments that preceded the landing of the first seaplanes where made unique by the interpretation of Leopardi’s verses. We experienced a pot of emotions while the pilots delighted us with their stunts. Also, the ribbon-cutting was exciting, and the pilots waved at us proudly and happy to be the firsts to launch this knew seaplane base. It has been a day that will always be remembered. It has marked the history of our region launching a new direct form of tourism.

It all started in the afternoon when the Aquile del Fermano Aircraft took off from Montegiorgio’s airfield and overflowed the lake to patrol. Then, the first splashdown of the seaplanes, a unique experience, rendered more precious thanks to the presence of the authorities.

At that point the show began: with the same colours of the Frecce Tricolori, the parachuting, the stunts and acrobatics of the pilots while greeting to the hundreds of persons that were present.

We feel very proud to be a part of this project. First, because it was a great show for the people and filled up the lake like never before and mostly important is the fact that this event signs a new era for tourism and economy in Marche region.

Where to go bouldering in Marche region

11 May 2018turismomarche

Bouldering is one of the most practiced disciplines, in Italy and in Europe, among those linked to the climbing world. In this article, we give you some suggestions to know where to practice it in our Region.

The two areas where you can practice this sport are mainly in the province of Ascoli Piceno and in Pesaro and Urbino province. The first, even the most important and one of the best known in Italy is the area in the province of Ascoli Piceno with the localities of Meschia, Interprete and Uscerno.

There are many boulders where you can climb and of varying difficulty. The levels are also very high, and for this reason, it is a very popular destination for those who practice this sport!




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Another area, very interesting and increasingly frequented by climbers is that located in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, in the area bordering the Emilia Romagna. This area is known as the Maiolo boulder area and is located at the foot of a beautiful fortress. HERE you find the guide with the blocks and the related difficulties.


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The wonderful pictures from the Gran Anello of Sibillini in winter time

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23 February 2018turismomarche

These are pictures of Marco Waldis, talented and famous photojournalist who has traveled the Gran Anello of Sibillini last winter.

Today we would like to introduce you in a fantastic photographic work by Marco Waldis, well-known photographer, among other things, special mention in the International Photography Award. In fact, last March Marco Waldis traveled the famous tour of the Gran Anello of Sibillini, in winter time. Breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled nature, a well-marked and easy path for any person.

The Gran Anello of Sibillini is a path that you can do in 9 stages for a total of about 124 km. It starts from Visso to get to Cupi, then from Cupi to Fiastra, third stage from Fiastra to Monastero. The fourth stage is from Monastero to Garulla, with the fifth stage you get to Rubbiano, the sixth to Colle di Montegallo. The seventh up to Colle le Cese, the eighth up to Campi Vecchio to finish at the starting point: Visso.

The route is fully marked and you can find a valuable guide of all nine stages (even in GPX) HERE.

Today, however, we talk with Marco Waldis about his experience in these beautiful places that he has recommended to all walkers, mountain lovers and more.

Hi Marco, first of all we ask you: did you do the whole tour?

Sure! I started from Visso, it was late winter, around March. Although it was not a particularly cold winter but after the first two days it started to snow a lot.

With whom and why did you choose the Gran Anello of Sibillini?

I went with my girlfriend, since it was her birthday, and I chose to surprise her and celebrate her in these havens. We did it all in about a week, going pretty fast.

Did you already know the Sibillini Mountains and its stories?

About the Sibillini yes, something I had seen, but its stories no. I knew just something, I found on the internet when I was preparing it. There is much talk about the story of the Sibilla, truly enchanting.

A review of your experience, would you recommend it?

Definitely yes, the views are fantastic! Then it’s nice because you can tailor your trip. it’s really for everyone, you never go to high altitude but if you want you can deviate, for example, to the top of Mount Sibilla. We met many ski mountaineers and climber for example. It is not very popular in winter and I was looking for this kind of peace.

Thanks a lot Marco.



Art in the Marche: painting, sculpture, architecture and nature throughout the region.

12 April 2017turismomarche

The Marche can be considered as a popular open-air museum, a network of cities of art and historical villages set in a wide area of ​​cultivated hills, which overlook valleys ranging from the sea to the mountains.  A region rich in unique suggestions everywhere you look.

Some examples? Ancona, with its Cathedral of San Ciriaco; Ascoli Piceno and its travertine of Romanesque and Gothic ruins; the historic buildings of  Macerata; the arcades from the sixteenth century in Fermo; the ceramic art of Pesaro and Urbino. Right here in Urbino, Raffaello Sanzio was born. The renowned painter and architect who is the embodiment of the ideal of supreme serenity and beauty of the Renaissance. Some of his works, including the famous female portrait (La Muta), are still kept at the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino, in the beautiful setting of Palazzo Ducale. Here  are preserved some masterpieces of Piero della Francesca: the table with the “Flagellation of Christ” and the “Madonna of Senigallia”

Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino, as well left a tangible mark in the Marches. For example, the Annunciation in the Church of Santa Maria Nuova in Fano and Senigallia altarpiece in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Senigallia.

We cannot forget Bramante, who was called as an architect of the Pope from 1507 to 1509 to take care of the Basilica of the Holy House of Loreto. Bramante was limited to the facade project (not realized), the square in front of the marble covering and enclosing the “Holy House of Nazareth” contained in the sanctuary, and then implemented under the direction of his successors.

At the Pinacoteca of Ancona an exhibition on Caravaggio has recently been inagurated: a chance to visit the historic building Bosdari where the exhibition takes place.  The new exhibition compares the masterpieces by Tiziano and Lorenzo Lotto to those of contemporary artists such as Enzo Cucchi and Valeriano Trubbiani. The museum is uphill from glass and iron ladders and platforms, including the ancient city walls and works that span centuries.

A little further south, it is worth visiting the State Tactile Museum Omero of Osimo: a tactile approach not only for those who cannot otherwise enjoy the artistic beauty, but also to reveal to all the possibilities of perception. A perceptive way excluded from almost all museums, an aesthetic approach still largely unexplored.

If you prefer contemporary art, then you should also visit in Ascoli Piceno, the Gallery “Osvaldo Licini. The new premises of the former convent of S. Agostino: Fontana, Matta, Hartung, Morandi, De Pisis and Severini, 40 paintings and 38 drawings Osvaldo Licini.

Not even a week would be enough to admire all the masterpieces that the Marche offers. So, let’s get started!

The most beautiful villages in the inland for your holidays in Marche

2 April 2017turismomarche

A selection of the most beautiful villages of the Marche where you can spend a fairytale vacation.

Marche is a region in Italy increasingly chosen as a tourist destination. More and more visitors choose to explore the inland villages for the holidays in the Marche region, an area dotted with beautiful villages perched on hills or slopes overlooking the sea or protected from the high mountains. Fascinating corners of history and tradition, art and folklore that welcome tourists with their breathing and almost magical atmosphere. Ancient countriesfortresses, castlesvillages, mysterious monasterieslandscapes and unique and spectacular scenery make the tourists’ stay an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Starting from the northern part of the Marche, the wonderful Gradara, close to the sea, located on a beautiful landscape made of hills, famous for its Malatesta Fortress where the two famous lovers Paolo and Francesca praised in the Divine Comedy were killed.

In the area of ​​Montefeltro, there are many interesting villages that will turn your stay into an unforgettable holiday. Among them, the delightful Borgo Pace, quiet mountain village where you meet the two rivers, the Meta and Auro, which merged create the longest river of Marche, the Metauro. Carpegna, famous for the production of tasty ham, is the hub of the Regional Natural Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello. A territory immersed in nature, among woods and trails of noble origins and ancient history, to be experienced in its paths. Sassocorvaro stands on a hill overlooking the valley of the river Foglia and is organized around the Rocca Ubaldinesca, a fortress belonging to the brother of the Duke of Montefeltro built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini around 1475. Pian di Meleto is a small village as well involved the regional Natural Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello where nature and the discreet hospitality of the inhabitants will be able to make your stay very relaxing. Macerata Feltria, about fifty kilometers from the sea, boasts a beautiful, hilly landscape that contributes greatly to the atmosphere of peace and quiet that reigns in this village rich in history and traditions to be discovered. Medieval origins lay behind the town of Fossombrone, perched on the slopes of a hill, dominated by the Citadella and the remains of the ancient fortress, here, tourists will be amazed by fabulous and unexpected scenarios offered by nature and by man who built over time buildings of great historical and artistic value.

In the area of Senigallia and Arcevia, located in the north of Ancona, you may find the beautiful village of Morro d’Alba, happily known for producing delicious red wine, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. Standing on the hills, the town itself shown an ancient history in complete harmony with the surrounding area. Arcevia, watershed between the countryside of Marche and the mountains of the Apennines in the west, is historically an important point for trade and very interesting from an architectural point of view. In the hinterland of Senigallia, on top of a hill, on the left bank of the river Nevola, it is Corinaldo, with its walls, the most intact and impressive fortified lengthiest in the region. With a top notch enogastronomical tradition and so many scenic and architectural attractions, it is increasingly being chosen as the venue for a relaxing and exciting stay. From Mondavio you may perfectly see Mount Catria and Nerone, where ancient history is in perfect match with the traditions, thus originating an extraordinary scenery of civilians and interesting religious buildings.

Wonderful thing to discover during you holidays in the Marches is also Offagna – with its ancient fortress on the top of a hill inland from Ancona – and Osimo, which stands on two adjacent hills, where the fascinating Cathedral of San Leopardo dominates the town, one of the finest examples of Romanesque-Gothic architecture of the Marche. Agugliano was one of the many castles built to protect the city of Ancona during the Middle Ages as well as Polverigi that has always occupied an area dedicated to agriculture. And again, Serra San Quirico that in a purely medieval setting is home to the fascinating and spectacular baroque church of Saint Lucia, and San Marcello is a lovely town to visit and to enjoy through its many typical food and especially wine.

Between Macerata and Fermo several villages are particularly interesting. Urbisaglia rises on the hill San Biagio, boasts the Regional Archaeological Park of Urbs Salvia, recognized as the most important and spectacular Roman site of the Marches, while the small village of Fiastra is attractive especially for the lake Fiastra whose banks offer many entertainment facilities such as fishing or navigating by boat. In Moresco, in the province of Fermo, which stands on top of a hill dominating the underlying valley of the river Aso, you may find  everal attractions that bring every year more and more tourists. First of all the Heptagonal Tower dating back to 1100. San Ginesio in the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, is extremely unusual from the architectural point of view thanks to the mixture of different styles, from Romanesque to Gothic to the unique presence of its elements of northern Europe. Pievebovigliana, surrounded by the green hills, was an ancient Roman settlement, passage of Umbria between the fertile plains and the first mountain pastures of the Sibillini, an extraordinary village for those seeking an oasis of peace and unspoiled landscapes; Campofilone, known for the delicious macaroni, is a small medieval village with several buildings of civil or religious character very interesting as the St. Bartholomew church with the abbey garden. In Petritoli, tourists will visit the charming old town, the nineteenth-century civic tower and be fascinated by the traditions of a small authentic village and benevolent nature.

In the area of Piceno, the charming Montegallo, located on the slopes of Mount Vettore, in the heart of the Sibillini, a medieval town and a landscape surrounded by nature, as well as the magical village of Venarotta, halfway between the beaches of San Benedetto del Tronto and the spectacular natural Park of Monti Sibillini. Here predominate the colors of the nature: the blue of the sky to the many shades of green hills and forests. Roccafluvione has its particular name to several castles scattered throughout the territory of the Fluvione stream and is a delightful little mountain village where it is easy to get lost in the calm of a dreamlike nature. From Palmiano, famous for the Potato Festival, one can observe large and beautiful scenery, from the Sibillini to the valley of the Tronto, an immensity of hills, woods and tenements create a truly fascinating panorama. Castignano, whose name recalls a big chestnut wood still visible in its territory, is located on the slopes of Mount Ascensione, a quiet medieval village nestled in the Sibillini to retreat to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery. Arquata del Tronto is located between two protected areas, the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga and Monti Sibillini National Park, steep slopes and dense forests make for a very scenic countryside as well as various places of interest, such as the ancient fortress of 1300. Appignano del Tronto, on a hilly ridge, is characterized by the presence of gullies but also very interesting monuments such as the St. John the Baptist church that houses a painting by Simone de Magistris. Acquasanta Terme in the countryside, between high hills and mountains, is a small village much appreciated and increasingly a destination for many tourists not only for its quiet location but also the different sources of sulphurous water used in the comfortable spa complex. And again, Montemonaco, departure point for exploring the Sibillini, has a unique charm and mystery linked to the Sybil myth that just in this area would have lived in the mists of time; Montefortino, embraced the Sibillini, boasts many magical places and deeply evocative as the sanctuary of Madonna dell’Ambro and extraordinary and mysterious dell’Infernaccio Gorges. Offida however is extremely interesting from a cultural point of view: from the ancient walls of the city hall to the various churches, and a unique artistic heritage to be discovered.

5 dream beaches in the Marche region

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8 March 2017turismomarche

On your holiday in the Marche region, there are 5 dream beaches you cannot miss.

If you are planning to travel to the Marche during spring or summer, 5 dream beaches are a must to visit. Their colours and landscapes make an unforgettable experience to be remembered for all your life.

The first beach is between Gabicce Mare and Pesaro, near the San Bartolo Park and it is called Baia della Vallugola. It is a wild and unspoilt beach, enriched by the green nature of the San Bartolo Park. It is easy to reach. You only need to follow a path from the Park directly to the beach. Water is crystal clear and the beach is made of little stones making it possible to relax and dream cuddled by the soft sound of the wavers breaking on the shore.

Moving towards the south of the region, you will find the beauty of the second beach, the so called Velvet Beach in Senigallia. You may run and have fun on this thin sand shore, apparently unlimited. Then you may visit the famous Rotonda sul Mare in Senigallia and swim in this clean sea, with shallow and protected waters.

The third and fourth beaches that you cannot miss in the Marche region are on the Conero Riviera and they are called: Spiaggia di Mezza Valle  and Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle. The spiaggia di Mezza Valle is located next to the Baia di Portonovo, on the Adriatic coast: a long beach pretty similar as landscape to the long Caribbean beaches. The sea is crystal clear and calm, since it is protected by the bay, the beach it long and wide and it is made of a mix of thin sand and small stone allowing you to take a relaxing and regenerating walk on the shore. The nature surrounding the beach of Mezza Valle is a reason more to visit it. The green surrounding it and the landscape you may enjoy from every side of the Portonovo Bay are a breathtaking natural show. The path to reach the beach may be a little tiring.

The Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle is a jewel of the Marche. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it can be reached by boat or through a very tough path from the Conero Mountain that is not really recommended. Once gotten on the beach, you will face a dream come true. The beach is characterized by little stones and crystal clear water and the Two Sisters from which it is named after are the two big white rocks coming out of the sea.

Finally, the fifth beach. You may find it in San Benedetto del Tronto, where the natural landscape changes again. You can reach the famous Riviera delle Palme where the beach is a wide long stretch of sand delimited by bushy vegetation and evergreen palm trees. The beaches in San Benedetto del Tronto immediately give you a sense of holiday, a unique atmosphere to let you feel cozy as at your home and where you may enjoy funny moments with friend of family in the several clubs along the seafront.

The Roman amphitheatre in Ancona

3 March 2017turismomarche

One of the things to see during your visit to the city of Ancona, in the historic center is the roman amphitheatre. It is located in the most ancient area of the city close to the very important Cathedral of Saint Cyriacus.

A wide area delimited by a fence is what is left of the ancient amphitheatre. A silent and magical place, able to make you feel immediately part of the ancient gladiator performances and shows that must have taken place there during the Roman Empire. A peculiarity of this archeological site is that most likely naval combats took place there as well!

The roman amphitheatre was built in the age of Emperor Augustus, approximately in the first century b.C, and had a high capacity of about 1000 people in the audience, sitting on 20 terraces. Most likely, the audience included people coming from outside the suburbs. Remarkable is the presence of a big arch, visible from the street, annexed to the ancient door of the previously build Greek acropolis. The architect who built the amphitheatre probably wished to keep the previous Greek building.

In the surroundings of the roman amphitheatre you may find a frigidarium, that is to say an ancient roman thermal baths building. On the floor, you may still see a dolphin symbol very well kept and an inscription dating back to the Augustus age mentioning the duumvirates of the roman colony.

To find hotels or bed and breakfasts in the historic center of Ancona click here : ANCONA

To visit the roman amphitheatre please contact:

Segreteria Soprintendenza Archeologia delle Marche tel.+39 071 50298202 –

From Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm. Please make a reservation if you wish to visit the site in a group with more than 20 people.


What to do on holiday in the Marche region. Ten top things you can’t miss in Marche, Italy. Places to see, historical treasures, beaches and much more.

10 February 2017turismomarche

What to do on holiday in the Marche region. Ten top things you can’t miss in Marche, Italy. Places to see, historical treasures, beaches and much more.

The Marche region has a lot to offer. Places to see, things to visit, discover and live are many and they are all different to one another. You may go from the beach to the mountain, from ancient towns to historical cities, from breathtaking landscapes to artistic treasures. There is a lot for everyone and it is not possible to make a full list. Nevertheless, there are at least ten things to do if you chose the Marche for your holiday, to spend time in this amazing territory, rich in art, history, culture and tradition where you may find yourself fascinated by every aspect of it, either natural or made by mankind. It might be an abandoned country house, a castle, a fortress, a noble palace, a mill or an ancient abbey, or even simply the skyline of a mountain or the brightness of the seaside, the green of the hills and woods or the smashing sound of rivers and streams.

In tenth place of our chart, the Cathedral of Ancona: dedicated to Saint Ciriaco, it is one of the most important medieval churches of the whole region in which the Romanesque  and Byzantine style are melted in awesome beauty amplified by the location. The Cathedral is in fact located on top of the hill Guasco, so it dominates the whole city and the gulf of Ancona in its impressive simplicity.

In ninth position, an unforgettable scenery, a magical romantic experience in the sunset from Fiorenzuola di Focara, in Pesaro: a unique perspective. From the rocky spur overhanging the sea, you may witness an amazing sunset, fascinating and cosy, with a thousand colours in the sky creating a magical, unusual and almost unreal atmosphere.

A different kind of experience holds the eigth position: a performance at the  Sferisterio in Macerata. Every year, thanks to the Macerata Opera Festival, many people chose to partecipate to a live opera in a one-of-a-kind arena, a stunning stage that offers very interesting artistic shows especially in the summer season. Ballets, concerts and other kinds of shows also take place in this incredible location, beautiful to see and to enjoy from the acoustic point of view.

Seventh place, you really can’t miss the city of Ascoli Piceno for the center and especially Piazza del Popolo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. This is like an elegant and harmonic renaissance reception room where you may spend time surrounded by some of the most interesting buildings of the whole region. One of the main building is Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, from which the square is named after. Rectangular and with a castellated tower. On the other sides of the square, the gothic Church of Sain Francis, the small renaissance palaces with porchs and loggias, the ancient Caffè Meletti and the newsstand from Lazzaro Morelli.

The sixth place goes to an appointment you cannot miss. One of the most famous events of the whole region, the biggest of this kind in all Europe, that attracts thousands of visitors every year is the Summer Jamboree in Senigallia. This festival is dedicated to the 40s and 50s in american culture and music and it takes place in the whole town. From the velvet beach to the Rotonda a Mare, everything is transformed into a huge outdoor festival where thematic concerts, shows and events take place everywhere for an entire week.

The fifth place of our chart is held by a natural show. With slow, hard and tenacious work,  nature created a unique and fascinating scenery in the Frasassi Caves.  They are ocated in the territory of Genga, not far from Ancona. The caves originated from underground rivers. Visitors are allowed in tank to organized visits and tours. Inside the cavities, you will find countless and more or less accessible tunnels, where extraordinary and sometimes bizarre natural sculptures may be admired. These originated by calcareous stratifications all over millions of years.  Stalactites and stalagmites interested the speleologists who discovered them, studied them and gave them a name depending on what they were similar to. For example, la Madonnina, the sword of Damocles (the biggest stalactite), The Camel, the bacon slice (since it is light pink coloured) and the lard slice (since it’s white), the witches castle and the small Niagara falls.

In out top ten, the fourth place goes to an evening spent of the seafront in San Benedetto del Tronto. A beautiful scenery made of luxuriant gardens, a pine wood and the Palazzina Azzurra, historical gathering place of the city, where you may find beach bars on one side and villas and hotel on the other. The seafront is characterized by massive and  impressive Palm Trees and it is where most of the social and nightlife of the town takes place. For fun parties, delicious fish dinners and after dinner cocktails with friends or just a walk, this is the right place.

On the podium of our top ten chart, an adventure between nature and mystery, landscape and legend: an excursion on the Mount Sibilla. This mountain is a hill between the towns of Montemonaco and Montefortino. It is considered mysterious because of the legend of the Sibilla, a Goddess who is still alleged to live in some caves next to the top of the hill, 2173 meters above the sea level. An excursion to the Goddess cave involves a walk along ancient paths, mule tracks and narrow streets in a mountain environment carved in the rocks.

Second place goes to a city, one of the most beautiful cities of the region Marche from an architectural point of view, Urbino. Located in the southern area of Montefeltro, this awesome city has ancient origins and had the most glorious moment in history thanks to Federico II,  duke and lord of the city from 1444 to 1482. Dating back to this period, the city offers to see the magnificent Duke’s Palace characterized by two towers in the back where the National Gallery of le Marche is located. In the city, you will also find the house of Raffaello, the neoclassical Cathedral made by Valadier, the former monastery of Saint Chiara, the dukes mausoleum the helicoidal staircase and much much more.

Finally, you cannot say you have visited le Marche if you have not discovered the Two Sisters. First place in our chart goes to this bay that you can reach with an excursion along the panoramic path leading to the beach through Monte Conero or by boat. The crystal clear water provides a relaxing and regenerating bath.  The excursion is an extraordinary path, not too difficult and highly exiting, between the mountain and the seaside, the woods and the seaside with an amazing beach at the end.


Museum Pope Pius IX in Senigallia

23 January 2017turismomarche

 Museum Pope Pius IX in Senigallia

A collection of memories of the beloved Pope Pius IX is preserved and guarded in the Palace Mastai-Ferretti in Senigallia, location of the Museum Pius IX, still visible today near Piazza Roma and the current Town Hall in Senigallia.

The Pope Pius IX, born Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti in Senigallia in 1792, reigned as Pope for almost 32 years and has been beatified in 2000. During his pontificate, he did a lot for the town of Senigallia, fulfilling a need of support to the weakest people with his foundations.

The building of the Museum Pope Pius IX in Senigallia is a majestic structure dating back to the XV century. Next to the entrance door, a white marble plaque reports: “to Pius IX – here is where on May XIII, MDCCXCII-  he was born – paid homage to the Christian world – on the I centenary”. In the building, several memories are preserved: his cradle, his swaddling cloth, his garnments, the sacred vases and serveral precious relics related to the birth and the life of the beloved pope. Wonderful is the reception salon of this ancient noble building, all decorated with paintings and chests hand made in the  XVII century. Please notice as well the interiors with grotesque decorated doors, paintings and precious antique furniture that belonged to the family and were made in the  XVIII and XIX centuries.

Access to the first floor is given through a wide stone staircase making the building majestic. On the walls, you may find some reproductions of several kinds of posters and warnings dating back to the period of his pontificate. You may as well find a drawing synthesizing the family tree and a Pope’s portrait is a reproduction of another age.

Today the building is used by the Diocese of Senigallia, that opens the Museum for the visitors. Apart from the Museum Pius IX, you may find here the very rich Diocesan Library  with more than 30.000 modern volumes and fascinating ancient archive. They are all included in an online and paper catalogue.


Museum Pius IX – Palazzo Mastai – Via G.M. Mastai, 14 Senigallia

Tel. : 07160649 Fax : 07160094


Open on weekdays 9-12 e 17-19 (last entrance 15 minutes before the closing time)

Free entrance




Mencucci A., “Pio IX e Senigallia”, Editrice Fortuna Fano, 1993, pp. 21


Wellness Weekend in the Marche, Italy: 10 ideas for a trip

12 January 2017turismomarche


Wellness weekend in the Marche if you are looking for relax and peace: where to go.

If you want to rest and restore being in contact with the nature, the Marche region is the place to be. Seaside, hills, mountains and lakes will welcome you and offer unforgettable moments thanks as well to the several wellness centers available all around the region.  Here are 10 ideas for a trip to provide a perfect stay in relax, wellness and harmony.

In the area of Pesaro-Urbino, you may find the first three typical medieval towns that are worth a visit. Gradara ,among the Best villages in Italy, with its Castle is well known for having been mentioned in the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. To the lovers Paolo and Francesca mentioned in the comedy are as well inspired the couple wellness treatments that you may find at La Loggia Relais. You may also choose Pergola to have a cultural and artistic stay, as well as looking at wonderful relaxing landscapes. After visiting the Gilt Bronzes Museum, where a group of statues coming from roman origin is exhibited, get some cuddles at  all’Agriturismo Il Casale. Not far from here, Urbino is as well rich of history, art and culture. The Ducal Palace and the House of Raffaello are certainly worth visiting. To take a relaxing break, completed with excellent food choices,  drop by Agriturismo Samsara or the near Antica Locanda La Diligenza.

In the area of Ancona and the Riviera del Conero, you may find amazing little spots where you may literally get lost in looking at the amazing natural landscapes in every period of the year. It is heaven on earth for those who like taking long relaxing walks, or even photo walks. For example, in Osimo or Serra San Quirico you will be able to enjoy a fantastic view on all the Riviera.From far away, this villages look like powerful and impregnable castles surrounded by green areas. Nearby, several centers may offer high quality welcoming, in relax and wellness. We recommend the silent gardens at Casa Vacanze Lolìa and Bed and Breakfast Bellafiora, or the awesome outdoor swimming pools at Country House Airone, Agriturismo Il Parco di Kipo, Fattoria Fontegeloni, Tana del Lele

If you are mainly interested in food and wine, Morro d’Alba is the perfect destination for a Weekend in the Marche. The village is well known for the production of the “Lacrima di Morro d’Alba”, one of the most famous wines from the Marche. The best accommodations for this area may be found at Casa Vacanze Le civette, with wellness center or Agriturismo Filodivino, surrounded by orchards.

Moving to the south of the region, in the area of Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno, religious buildings and ancient towers are sprinkled all over the territory. In Sant Elpidio A Mare, abbeys, ancient churches and cathedrals will make your soul feel restored and southern from here, in  Moresco, the heptagonal tower and the Clock Tower overlook the whole territory. The first is 25 meters high and has XII century battlements. The old town is really pleasant and relaxing to walk through. It has an elliptical shape and really narrow streets.  To rest after this walk, stay at Agriturismo Casa Vecchia, with the amazing outdoor swimming pool surrounded by the orchard and facing the Adriatic Sea.

Along the so called Riviera delle Palme, in the south of the Marche, the are plenty of choices for a holiday or a wellness weekend. If you enjoy the seaside, choose Grottammare. You will be able to get rid of your car and ride a bike along one of the longest and better kept bike lanes of the whole Adriatic coast. Your stress-free holiday may take place at Residence Mareamare. If you enjoy the mountain, choose the very silent village Roccafluvione with a little more than 200 inhabitants. It is part of the Mountain community Tronto and you may find exquisite truffles. At  Bed and Breakfast Il Rifugio dei Marsi, you will find relax, a wellness center and the chance to sleep in a barrel to keep the best contact possible with the nature.


Artistic Nativities Exposition in Monte San Giusto

4 January 2017turismomarche

Artistic Nativities are exposed in Monte San Giusto

The magic of Christmas is best displayed in the representation of the nativity. A trip during the times may be made in the nativities exposed all over the regional territory in le Marche.

Today, we would like to tell you about very special nativities. They are  made with craftsmanship and competence and really remind us of a far but as well current time. In the wonderful little town of Monte San Giusto, province of Macerata, the exhibition of artistic nativities from Andrea Pistolesi takes place every year. The exhibit is located in the historic building Palazzo Bonafede . It will be visible until the 22nd January 2017. Immerse in this ancient tradition, but still vivid thanks to the wise hands of the artist.

Andrea Pistolesi, 38 years old from Monte San Giusto, is an excellent opera singer who nurtures his passion for the nativities art since he was a child. He defines himself a self-taught artist in the nativity art. He uses materials such as wood, polystyrene, plasterboard, cans, transparent plastic and  modeling clay. He then decorates with tempera and acrylic colors, dust sealer and micro bulbs.

In 2013, the Town Hall in Monte San Giusto invited him to put up a permanent exhibit of his nativities, using part of his collection. The exhibit was very successful, reaching about 18.000 visitors since the first edition. In the exhibit you will find about 30 representations made with statues coming from all over Italy. Every reproduction offers environments inspired by landscapes from le Marche and shows everyday life scenes. This year you may find three big news. First, a big mechanic nativity made thanks to the help of Cesare Ciccalè from Fermo. Second, a nativity from Maestro Fabio Modeo. Last but not least, an evocative representation of the Nativity collocated inside a house affected by the earthquake, as to show closeness to the population hurt by the recent seismic events.

The exhibit is open on non-working days from 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 8pm, during the days before the non-working days from 4pm to 8pm. On the other days upon reservation. Four extra  opening days on: 16th , 17th , 23rd , 30th  December from 9pm to midnight. Free entrance.


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29 September 2016turismomarche

Riding around by motorbike in Le Marche: itinerary towards the inland.

Summer seems to be ending in Le Marche and for some people the motorbike is about to get back to recess until spring. It is not too late, though, for a last tour by motorbike along the wonderful Sibillini mountains. Take this last chance!

What about a 125Km tour? That would be perfect for a weekend of fun and relax, not too demanding, but interesting from a landscape and gastronomical point of view. Let’s not forget that it would be as well very satisfying for those who are eager to ride along curves, hairpin turns, hills, short straight roads and more turns.

Tie up your helmet and leave the sea from Civitanova Marche, towards Porto Sant’Elpidio, going through the green picena coastline, and when you get to Marina Faleriense, make a right towards Campiglione and Piane di Falerone.. You can’t miss a little stop at the local archaeological sites.

So far, you have been watching a sequence of soft hillocks following one another just like waves up until the coast in a spectacular alternation of colours, particularly evocative in this season. Imagine all the browns, the reds and oranges a painter might use on a painting: you will have them mixed right before your eyes by the wise painting hands of the nature.

Having gone past Amandola, the road will be comfortable and relaxing up until Montemonaco going through Montefortino, one of the most welcoming and equipped touristic centre of the Sibillini Mountains. Leaving it, you might head towards Castelluccio. The road will start twisting and turning along hairpin turns on the mountain until Piano Grande (Big Plain) and you will be able to gaze upon the poppies and fleur-de-lis blossoming among the wheat fields. It is worth coming back to Castelluccio during springtime to witness a special blossoming phenomenon. For several weeks, the landscape chromatic monotony is broken by a mosaic of colours, varying from yellow-earth to red.

While riding, you will certainly be hungry now. Along the road, you may stop at any of the “trattoria” where you can taste the typical local delicacies: the lentils of Castelluccio IGP, the pork fillet stuffed with its liver and the black truffle from the Sibiliini, or the braised meat cooked in a special reduced wine called “vino cotto”.

Our final destination will be Norcia, in the area of Perugia and therefore right at the border between two regions: Marche and Umbria. It is worth a visit to the medieval and noble architecture of the town and to the work of arts here present, as well as, again, a gastronomical tour of the restaurants in town, all of which can be found within the ancient town walls.

“Maceratese”, villages to visit, trip in Sibillini

18 April 2016turismomarche

“Maceratese”, villages to visit, and extraordinary trip in Sibillini between the most characteristics villages #maceratese #maceratesetovisit

In the hinterland of the territory of Macerata there are enchanting villages to visit and to discover, between green hills and majestic peaks of Sibillini Mountains. This villages are characterised by centuries-old traditions, motive of proud, which represent a genuine, simple and authentic way of life. The little villages host tourists through their story which are told through the old churches or buildings, through their breath-taking panoramas. Here there is a suggested trip which starts from Sarnano and end to Visso, having a stop-over in the splendid Pievebovigliana, Fiastra and Ussita.

Sarnano is a marvellous village which feature a medieval village : starting from the color and material of the “pietra cotta”, used all over the old centre, ending to the different manifestations, which every year recall many tourists. For those who love architecture, Sarnano is a village which offer centuries of history through Palazzo dei Priori or Palazzo del Popolo which today is Teatro della Vittoria, and also through its churches such as the Romanic Church of Santa Maria di Piazza, which contains priceless art works. Walking through Sarnano allow you to bump into the “Pinacoteca”, the arms museum, the “Francescana” library, or to walk between paths surrounded by nature.

Another stop-over is Fiastra, which is well known for its lake. The Lake of Fiastra is an artificial basin stoked by the river Fiastrone. It has become the main character for many sports events such as the triathlon of Sibillini Mountains and fishing challenge. Furthermore, it has become a stop-over for many tourists thanks to its itinerary by feet or by bicycle around the Lake. “Campo Avventura” is a  cableway which pass from one side to another and it’s absolutely to try. Whereas is very interesting the itinerary which transports you from the dam of Fiastra to “Lame Rosse”, the canyon of Marche.

Going always more in the hinterland, you can face with Pievebovigliana, which is well known because Saint Francesco passed through this village during his trips. It is a calm village, with centuries-old traditions and characterised by a local cooking which use only local products. On the other side, for those who love the nature, Pievebovigliana offers an immersion in the nature through the Lake of Boccafornace or the Lake of Beldiletto. The history of the village has been told by way of the Church of Saint Giusto of Saint Maroto, one of the most important Romanic monuments of Marche, dated back to the medieval centuries. A little further on there is the convent of Saint Francesco in Pontelatrave, which has been built during one of the passage of the Saint in this territory.

Near Fiuminata, there it is Ussita, a mountain village. During winter, Ussita offers the biggest ski complex thanks to the structure of Frontignano. This complex is very frequented by young people who can have fun also in the Olympic track or in the ice building. During summer you have the possibility to do different excursions by feet, by bicycle, by horse with different length or difficulty.

Going on, you can find Cupi, a very little village which offers itineraries by feet or by bicycle such as the one of Santuario Macereto, (big and extraordinary liturgical complex surrounded by green, which is the most representative architecture’s expression of the Renaissance century in 1500) and having excursions such as the one on the Monte Rotondo, or the one of Grande Anello Sibillini from which starts the trekking way. Furthermore the town organises interesting activities which shows old activities such as making bread or pizza, or making cheese with old methods, with the possibility to visit the “museo della pastorizia”.

Our trip end in Visso. There are different monuments mostly important for their historic meaning, such as the Collegiata di Santa Maria, the Santuario di Macereto, Palazzo Priori place of the municipality with a Gothic style. Moreover, in Visso there is the “Museo Leopardiano” which conserves different handwritten, among which “l’Infinito”. Visso offers also different excursions by feet or by bicycle from Cupi to Macereto, or Monte Rotondo, or “grande anello dei Sibillini”. Visso organises interesting activities which shows old activities such as making bread or pizza, or making cheese with old methods to rediscover our origin.


11 April 2016turismomarche

An holiday in Marche can give you lots of moments and situations very exciting. These are the places and the moments absolutely to discover and to live.

The region of Marche can and know how to give you magic and unforgettable moments, feelings and atmosphere, thanks to many places of extraordinary beauty and unchangeable charm which can be both naturalistic, historic, artistic or spiritual. These places have charm, hide secrets and mysteries, tell about legends, splendid past and great love. They are both enchanted and romantic. Here we propose just some of these places to discover, breath and live.

Eremo di Fonte Avellana is surrounded by green, with an unique atmosphere and a feeling of peace between its walls. It is situated in the municipality of Serra Sant’Abbondio, which is at the slope of the Mountain Catria in the province of Pesaro Urbino. The Monastery is dedicated to the Holy Cross. The atmosphere is captivating with its calm and serenity, the green of the wood which surrounds it all. Is a mystic place, where to pray and to have meditation.

For those who instead are searching for a relaxing holiday, but in a worldly place, the beach of Mezzavalle is perfect. It is part of the Riviera del Conero, near the splendid bay of Portonovo. Is and enchanting and natural beach frequented most of all from the youngest who love the wide side of the beach. The outline of the Mount Conero makes of this beach one of the most loved in the area.

While, if you are interested in mystery, in legend and history you have to visit the Mounts Sibillini with their treasures and secrets which hide. Between the old villages are hidden stories mostly connected to the “Sibilla”. Panoramas, territory, mysterious lakes and caves narrate this legends. The National Park of Monti Sibillini includes lots of mountain villages such as Arquata del Tronto, Montefortino, Montemonaco, Montegallo, Pievebovigliana Visso and Ussita. Thanks to their position, this villages are immersed in nature which shows its magnificence between the “antro della Sibilla”, the lake of Pilato and the “gole dell’Infernaccio”.

If you want to lose yourself in a romantic atmosphere, of course you have to choose Fiorenzuola di Focara as your goal. It is a gorgeous village in the centre of the Natural Regional Park of Monte San Bartolo. Visiting this village will become an unforgettable experience as permits you to lose yourself between the hot colours of the sunset, the green of the hills, and the clear blue of the sky.

For those who love sea, we suggest San Benedetto Del Tronto with its beaches full of fun and, at the same time, full of relax. The village is considered the Queen of the Riviera delle Palme, it permits you to escape from your daily routine and have some fun between pubs and bars.


21 March 2016turismomarche

Have your holidays between the villages and scenery of Parco del Conero, between cliffs and bays you will discover the authentic beauty of Marche.

Unique glimpses and panorama, cliffs, hills, steep slopes, a coast with white stones, woods, hills of Mediterranean scrub and a story, which between legend and reality, looses itself in the night of times : this and more in the Regional Natural Park of Conero. A piece of nature and mankind, where a mount overhanging on the sea, the Conero, committed to the crystal clear blue of the Adriatic sea embracing four pearls which gorgeously appear on the sea. Extended for about six thousand hectares, the Park in fact included great part of the territory of Ancona and of Sirolo, Camerano and Numana, beautiful villages main characters of an old story.

Ancona was founded by Greeks of Siracusa in 387 B.C., which name comes from its particular form of the promontory with bended elbow. Ankòn in fact in Greek means “elbow”, while the name Conero means “mount of corbezzoli”, owed its name to this little trees with red fruits evidently very common on this mount. A city rich of history and traditions which shows and important past through its monuments; from the Arch of Traiano, built in the II century B.C., to the Romanic Cathedral of San Ciriaco majestically pushed out on the sea, from the eighteen-century Mole Vanvitelliana, to Piazza del Plebiscito. Ancona is myriad of streets, squares, very interesting monuments, it is history, art, culture, but also nature thanks to the Park of Cardeto, to the walking, to the breath-taking panorama and to the unexpected glimpses on the sea and on the green hills.

In the area you can find also the splendid bay of Portonovo with the church of Santa Maria, white magnificence mounted in the green of the Mediterranean scrub. The Tower of Guardia, was built from the Pope Clemente XI in 1716 to avoid the incursions of pirates and smuggler. The Fortino Napoleonico was built in 1808 to avoid the docking of British.

Also the enchanting Camerano praises two aspects in perfect harmony between them, one is naturalistic, the other one is historic-artistic. The Castle of Camerano was born as a Romanic establishment around the VII century B.C., then in 1177 became Castle of Camerano and then, in 1198 became and independent village. Between its beauty and peculiarity you can find a series of caves dug in the subsoil. They had many functions, form simple places of the conservation of provisions to places clearly religiously, furthermore, they had been also used as a refuge for the population during the incursions in Middle Age.

Sirolo is the pearl of Adriatic sea, where a characteristic medieval village rises up on a cliff. Crystal clear water, caves, inlets, wild beaches and naturalistic scenery with an unusual charm framed this village inhabited since the stone age. It has an important past due to the discovery of the “Tomba della Regina”. Sirolo is loved and appreciated above all for its beaches. Between them, there is the “Black Stone” beach, which is the well-known in the area and the most naturalistic. Then we have the “Two Sister” beach, with its steak symbol of the city.

Numana rises up on a cliff. It is an old city made of alleys, the Tower, the Palazzo Vescovile, headquarter of the town hall, and then the Church which safeguard the crucified Christ abandoned by Carlo Magno. The lower part is dedicated to tourism with the marvellous bays and beaches and many accommodation facilities. It has a great history which you can consult also through the Antiquarium where are exposed the different grave goods and the different Romanic grave.


1 March 2016turismomarche

One of the itineraries suggested for your holidays in Sibillini. From village to village to the enchanting Gerosa lake.

Long about 40 km the Sibillini mountains – protected from the National Park of Sibillini Mountains – they represent one of the most extended and fascinating mountains chains of Italy. Mainly composed of calcareous rocks, the mountains frequently pass 2 thousand metres of altitude downgrade in tight valleys, such as Aso, Tenna and Ambro, or downgrade at high quota on the Western slope. Naturalistic fairy-tale scenery, between high peak, wide valleys, rivers and lakes, such as Fiastra, Pilato and Gerosa. And also ancient villages, which form centuries are surrounded by silent nature, with its colours, smells and tastes.

We propose to you a trip in this old lands, mysterious and sometimes inaccessible, starting from one of the most beautiful and fascinating village of the Marche, Sarnano. The village, in the core of Sibillini, rises up on a hill on the right of the torrent Tonnacola, its marvellous old town centre represents one of the most characteristic examples of Middle Age architectural style. Is a well-known land both for hot springs and tourism thanks also to the different ski stations. Furthermore it boasts a relevant artistic heritage. In Piazza Alta, focal centre of ancient Sarnano, are exposed Palazzo Priori, tPalazzo del Popolo, headquarters of the splendid Teatro della Vittoria, Palazzo del Podestà and the Santa Maria di Piazza’s Church.

The first stop in our holiday is far about fifteen kilometres, passing through the hinterland of Macerata and of Fermo, we will stop in Amandola. It is laid on three hills of the high valley of Tenna, near the peak of Castelmanardo mount. It was born as a union of the three castles in 1248. The gorgeous city has an historic centre which certify the prosperity of its past through the particular beauty of buildings such as the Saint Agostino’s Church (sanctuary of the Blessed Antonio) and the Saint Francesco’s Church.

Going on towards the Gerosa Lake you can’t miss to stop in the gorgeous village of Montefortino, surrounded by the natural amphitheatre made of Sibillini, from which you can see breath-taking views such as the peak of Vettore Mount, Sibilla Mount and Pizzo Regina. An enchanting scenery made of rivers – Tenna and Nera – valleys, secret places –  such as the cleft of Infernaccio – worship – such as the Sanctuary of Madonna dell’Ambro – which considerably contribute to the ancient beauty of the village with the characteristic Middle-Age aspect.

Another inalienable stop is Montemonaco. In province of Ascoli Piceno, in the high vallei of Aso, it rises up at 998 metres from the sea – the second village of Marche for height – on a plain lightweight towards Monte Sibilla. Its territory goes from peaks of Vettore – in which we ca find the extraordinary Lake of Pilato – to them of Pizzo del Diavolo to Monte Porche which mark the border of Umbria. Clefts, valleys, torrents and woods characterises the area while the village boasts a thousand-years history, controversial, interesting and legendary with buildings of particularly interest such as the Church of Saint Biagio and the Church of Saint Benedetto which conserves a fresco of Crivelli. When you arrive between the mounts Sibillini the scenery is that of Lake Gerosa, artificial basin of about 400 metres of width. Feed from the river Aso which from the slopes of Vettore arrives to the Adriatic sea on the territory of Pedaso, marks the border of three villages : Montemonaco, Montefortino, Comunanza. Created in the ’80s for the hydro-provision , today the Lake of Gerosa is a tourist attraction really appreciated : manifestation of canoe, sail and fishing, are organised frequently while a lot of visitors who chooses its gorgeous and calm beaches framed of spectacular views. Furthermore its right shore, covered by a thick woodland vegetation which is appropriated for relaxing walks in open air or the “nordic walk”.


1 February 2016turismomarche

Guide to all types of beaches which you can discover in your holiday in Conero Riviera, from sandy Numana to the white stones of Portonovo.

An unique holiday, entangling, in the sign of entertainment and relax, kissed by the sun and by an enchanting crystal clear sea, equipped beaches and very well served by beach resorts and front rank chalet, wild bay reachable only by sea, all of this in the fabulous setting of Natural Park, there is for all tastes in the marvelous Conero Riviera.

In the stretch of Adriatic coast, which from Ancona runs down until Porto Recanati, a great variety of scenery and of places to discover, sandy or rocky beaches, stacks, bay, hidden inlets, old or touristic secret harbors of mythological charm, will make the sojourn in this area an unforgettable experience.

Adventurous or silent, sports or relaxing, equipped or wild, in the Conero Riviera the beaches are made for all tastes.

Embraced to crystal clear and transparent water with a breath-taking view on the back, the marvelous beaches of Numana, within two characteristic bay just before the cliff, the Spiaggiola and the Spiaggia dei frati, both of them on the higher part. For a lot of kilometers, between colored rows of beach umbrella and low sea bottom, protected by the cliff, a subtle and handle sand makes this place very appropriate for families with little children. Instead in the lower part of Numana, going towards Marcelli, the extended beach presents itself with an intense gold color, this area too is very appropriated for families, offers lots of services and entertainments thanks, not only to the beach resorts, but also to touristic harbor equipped to welcome every type of boat.

The beaches of the beautiful medieval village of Sirolo are different and boast breath-taking scenery and views; the Urbani beach-composed by rocks and gravel- with the appearance of an half moon, is the most comfortable one and nestled in the cliff, between a cave and a bluff, protected by a cliff barrier, that of San Michele is a long pebbly and rocks beach which insinuates until under the Conero between free areas and beach resorts well equipped; while its extension is one of the most characteristics stretch of the Riviera, the Sassi Neri beach, wild and free, naturalistic for excellence, it is called in this way because of the numerous black cliffs and rocky slab. Little cleft and minuscule rocky beaches, made of this little corner of Conero Riviera an enchanting and wild place.

Very well-know the “Due Sorelle” beach, uncontaminated and without any beach resort, is the most representative and panoramic thanks to the stacks which emerge from the blue sea,which together with the white beaches are the Sirolo‘s symbols. The beach, reachable through the complicated excursionistic way “Passo del Lupo” or by sea, is made of gravel and white pebble, instead in the back of the sea the rocky spurs nestle in the cliff. In the territory of Sirolo there is also the “Spiaggia dei Lavori”, near the beach “Due Sorelle”, made of pebble and boulder polished by the sea. There are also the Forni and Gabbiani beaches, two little sandy coves while, between the territory of Sirolo and that of Numana, there is the “Frati” beach,which took its name from a submerged cliff in proximity.

Portonovo is a sea locality of extraordinary beauty. A touristic, seaside and landscape center, expose on the namesake bay and wild beaches, of a deep blue sea and Mediterranean scrub hills. While the south area, between the guardian tower and the medieval church of Santa Maria, is very appreciated and frequented by windusrfists. Here are many touristic beaches, both from nord to south, with a rocky and high coast, spaced out between little beaches and natural cliff which goes down until this little natural oasis.

Gravel and polished stones interchanges between them, as the free ways to the equipped ones in a charming meeting between colors of nature, where the white of the beaches makes the counterpoint to the shades of intense blue and to the green of the Mediterranean scrub. At the north of Portonovo you can find the white beach of Mezzavalle, long and free, naturalistic and reachable by narrow paths or by sea. Then, the Trave beach, which takes its name from the natural cliff which extends for about a kilometer towards the lake, without services and beach resorts. At the south of Portonovo, under the cliff of Conero, stretches of coast or cliffs with many free beaches, reachable through arduous and panoramic path or by sea, there is  the beach of “Vela” which takes its name from the high cliff with a triangular shape which face the ending part of the coast, on which climb up the adventurous one and the dives lovers.

Last layer towards the south of the Conero Riviera, not still in Ancona but in Macerata, there is Porto Recanati, with its large golden beaches, clear sea, low and safe sea bottom,  beach resort equipped for sport and relax. A sea village awarded with the “Bandiera Verde”, recognition assigned to the better seaside locality of Italy appropriated to families with children under 18. The coast is characterized by sandy beaches spaced out by sandy areas and low sea spaced out by steep ways.


25 January 2016turismomarche

Where to have an holiday in Marches choosing its sweet and green hills, its villages and ideal areas.

Chose the marchigiano’s area means to have available an immensity of possibility and of sceneries,from the sea to the mountain, from the exquisite seaside to the peaks covered with snow, a multi-colored mosaic of colours, of fragrances, of traditions to taste and live. Magic places are waiting the visitor who will choise to go through the sweet hills and wide valley, to follow the flow of rivers and torrents, to stay in peculiar villages from the aspect old and comfortable, to allow to snuggle by the kindly nature and its colours, from the green of woods and from the mountain’s blue background. Choose the hinterland hill of Marches means choose a place rich of history, culture, traditions where you could still immerse in nature. It is not only possible but also an unique and unforgettable experience.

There are a lot of ideal areas where to have a magnificent resort, choosing between relax and fun, betweet culture and sport, between nature and splendid small town from the unusual and unexpected charm. One of this is the Vallesina’s area collocated almost at the Marches center. The area tooks its name from the river wich is crossed, Esino, one of the most importants region’s rivers which born, in the province of Macerata, from the layer of Cafaggio’s mount. The Vallesina is dominated by the shape of the San Vicino mount and it developes through the river’s middle flow, from Serra San Quirico to the mouth at Rocca Priora in Falconara Marittima’s municipality, in the province of Ancona. The valley presents itself closed by the hills that downgrade towards Adriatic sea sprinkled by villages and small town castled on the summit which creates a delicious play of landscape and a suggestive imaginary way in the history. The peculiarity of this area – where the splendid city of Jesi is the undiscussed main character – is the series of wall up villages in perfect state of preservation which stretches on the hills, the well-known Jesi’s castles famous, not only for the beauty of medieval castrum of the high city walls or the severe Romaesque churches and abbey, but also appreciated for the production of the great vine variety Italy’s native, harmonious and dry Verdicchio.

Another area to discover and to live is that of Montefeltro, historic region of Marches situated at  north of the province of Pesaro Urbino. The area presents itself mainly mountainous and hill with wooded valleys which interrupts itselves in sudden cliffs very panoramics with a fascinating and sublime aspect. The Montefeltro, which of its marvellouse ambiental caracteristics, host also the National Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello, it’s a very important historic-cultural area which is situated in the extraordinary Urbino. One of the most important places of the Italian Renaissance and environmental heritage of the Unesco, Urbino was make similar from the diplomatic and mercenary captain, evaluator of art and culture, Federico, sir of the city from 1444 to 1482 and its court was made by extraordinary men and artists such as Piero della Francesca. All the territory is characterized by a sequence of rocks and castles which stand out on the hills’ summit and on the rocky spurs which dominating the underlaying valley; between the most interesting, the castle of Belforte all’Isauro, which shows the signature of the sienese architect who for a long time sojourn in these areas, Francesco di Giorgio Martini who tooks part also to the various works of urban requalification and building of the city of Urbino and also to the conclusion of the Palazzo Ducale. Also by Martini is the peculiar Rocca di Sassocorvaro with the majestic turtle shape, while the fortify building of princes Carpegna-Falconieri show suggestive in the gorgeous village of Carpegna, and the count Petrangolini’s castle in Tavoleto.

In the territory of Ascoli a wide and mervelouse area is the one which follow the flow of the river which born in the municipality of Montemonaco, between the Porche mount and the Cima del Prata, to flow into the Adriatic sea in Pedaso. The Aso’s valley is a place of history and folk traditions, of thousand colours which goes from the strong green shade of fields, deep woods, orchards, vineyards with the suffused charm of blue violet of Sibillini mount which frame the background between downgrade hills and thousand farmhouses. During the Aso’s flow, which separates the area – between the province of Ascoli Piceno, on the right, and the one of Fermo on the other side, which unknots for around 60 Km alongside the valley, we meet the biggest artificial basin in the area, the Lake of Gerosa and also, villages with old charm which whisper their story made of local festival and hard work in fields, of old tastes and fragrances which are still part of the life of inhabitants, in the silence and in the perfect  musicality of nature. Strongholds and castles, town walls, romanesque churches and also, theaters, squares and alleys, mill and old comfortable farmhouses in their rustic semplicity narrates an authentic territory, leaveable agreeably in every season of the year able to give suggestions and scenaries almost unreal.

Between the hills which surround Ancona behind the Monte Conero’s back, an old area, marked by the Esino river and by the high Musone, the Terra dei Castelli, which consist of a fairy tale landscape between typicalness culinary and thousand-year-old traditions. An history made of old rivalry and hard profession conducted with dedication and wisdom by a proud, strong and combative population. The castles, that is the enchanting strengthen village of Offagna, Agugliano, Polverigi and Santa Maria Nuova, which, in medieval period, were built to protect and defend the doric city, today represents an oasis of serenity between the green hills and the sweet slope which alternate to the sea. Buildings with an austere charm, typicalness culinary and historical reconstruction coexist in sinergy with a lush nature with its sparkling colours and inebriating fragrances.


28 September 2015turismomarche

Below the most important Countries to visit about the ancient Castles Land, a land of rolling green hills behind the Conero.

The Castles Land is behind the Conero Mount, between green hills and beautiful slope in the territory of Ancona, that is an area with an ancient tradition. This area is borded by Esino and Musone rivers. It includes also Offagna, Agugliano, Polverigi and Santa Maria Nuova countries. This area has a rich history, traditions and culture, where the fortifications served to protect and defend Ancona city. These are small villages that resist the time remaining firmly ancore to their traditions. They are a peaceful oasis where live with typical food and historical re-enactments, festivals and genuine products rediscovered in old buildings that relive their glory through exhibitions or historic trails.

Offagna is the hub of the Castels Land and it is built around an ancient fortress on a hilltop that dominates the surrounding landscape. Although there are many historical notes that talk about this village birth, we know that, in tha late Middle Ages, this area was granted to some noble Germanic before moving, in 1445, to the jurisdiction of Ancona. Among the twenty castles built to defend the Ancona city, Offangna became one of the most important centers. In this period, it was also built the Rocca to defend the border of the Aspio river. Now and after several renovations, the Rocca has the original appearance with a square plan, corner tower and a central donjon.

Polverigi is located in a broad valley between hills suitable for agriculture. It has an ancient history that starts with the Avellaniti monks, who around the year 835 they were allocated here the San Damiano parish. The castle was built little later and in conjunction with a non-aggression agreement between the Ancona, Osimo and Fermo cities. Today, about the ancient castle remains only the entrance arc, because over time walls, towers and battlements were converted into homes.

Agugliano, which gave birth to the illustrious magistrate medieval Baldo d’Agugliano, which is also mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy, it is on a hill about 15 km from Ancona. First proof of his membership defensive castles of ancona is the Castrum Agulliani dating back to 1358 which remains detectable its ancient perimeter. There are several places very fascinating and worthy of note as Santissimo Sacramento Church where every year the town’s Patron, Sant’Anastasio is celebrated and the Santa Maria di Nazareth Church built in 1304 and it was renovated in 1926 thanks to the efforts of Cardinal Vico.

Santa Maria Nuova is another small village nestled in the inland hills. It was originally called Santa Maria delle Ripe, it has long been nder the auspices of the mayor of Jesi, whose independence was ratified in 1858.

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8 September 2015turismomarche

Guide to the Gola della Rossa Natural Park in the Marche region that is among the enchanted Grotte (Caves), ancient medieval churches and breathtaking views between the green and the rocks.

The Gola della Rossa Regional Natural Park and Frasassi is the green heart of the Marche. One of the most beautiful protected areas that covers about nine thousand hectares of the Apennines in the province of Ancona affecting Serra San Quirico, Genga, Arcevia and Fabriano municipalities. This is an area surrounded by luxuriant nature among the beautiful and mysterious Frasassi Grotte (Caves), ancient medieval churches and abbeys with a fantastic landscapes.

Frasassi Grotte (Caves) are underground and karst caves. They are in the Genga territory and they represent a true time and nature show. The Caves can be visited with guided tours or free, they are made of stalactites and stalagmites that form sculptures of outstanding natural beauty. The shapes and dimensions of these natural works have stimulated the speleologists imagination, who have discovered and studied these rocks and they have called them in a curious way. The most famous and fascinating stalactites and stalagmites are: the “Giants”, the “Camel”, the “Dromedary”, the ‘”Bear” and the “Virgin”.

The area associated with the San Vittore di Genga Church is another place of particular historical art and touristic interest with a beautiful landscape, with its adventure park designed and developed to entertain the children and the nearby SPA. The San Vittore Resort has become a meeting place for families, where it is possible to find relax and amusement too. The San Vittore delle Chiuse Abbey was born in a natural amphitheater formed by the mountains and with its Romanesque style. It is a place of strong impact to the noise and the austerity of the high walls, a prayer place too charming in the green mountains.

Pierosara is a Genga suburb, with a strategic geographical position. It was located on a hill closet o two grooves, Frasassi and Rossa. Moreover, it was an important medieval castle that dominated the surronding territory. Today, about the ancient castrum remains the walls and the tower defense. Historically, it was always very important and it was also a strategic hub for the domain of the surrounding lands since the Roman Empire. The curious name of this medieval village originally called Castel Petroso comes from a legend. It is said that, a Count met a girl named Sara who lived in Castel Petroso and he was fascinated to her beauty. So, he decided to kidnap her because he was betrothed to another man named Piero. During the kidnapping attempt, local residents tried to save the young girl, but the Count killed both the young Sara and Piero. It seems that from that day, Castel Petroso has assumed the name of Pierosara to remember this sad event.

Sassoferrato is a small town compared to its size. The town is on two levels: the Old town district and the Castle district. The municipal extension is enclosed in a valley flowing three streams: the Sanguerone from the North, the Sentino from the West and the Marena from the South, that gather in the village a short distance from each other. In Sassoferrato territory, there are many places of historic and artistic interest such as the ancient Roman city of Sentinum, the home of the famous Nations Battle (295 c.a.). The archaeological museum and the civic art gallery housing one of the most important icons depicting St. Demetrius built in the late XIV century that is characterized by its small size and technique construction.

In addition to its famous Grotte (Caves), Genga has many interesting places, historical and worship buildings as San Vittore delle Chiuse Church, Valadier Temple and Santa Maria infra saxa Hermitage. Besides, there are landscaped and equipped areas suitable for walking or picnic in the green Apennines close to the Esino and Sentino rivers. The famous Nativity scene is beautiful and each year it attracts more and more visitors.


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11 May 2015turismomarche

The 5 permanent museums recommended for people on holiday in Marche region and that are about archeology, painting, science and music. 


Marche is a multifaceted region.It is unique for its beaches and mountains beauty. Besides, it is a land rich in museums and touristic destinations for culture lovers. During a rainy Summer day, these museums are the perfect refuge. From archeology to painting, from science to music. The permanent museums are five.

The first one is the Archaeological Museum, which is in Ancona center and among its collections, there are Roman and Piceno findings exhibits.

The second one is the State Antiquarian Museum in Numana, on the Conero Riviera. The rich collection found in the “Picena Queen” tomb is the most important and interesting exhibition and it is discovered in I Pini di Sirolo place.

The third one is Rossini’s house in Pesaro. It is an important leg for people who enjoy classic music and for the curious people of famous composer exploit.

In the South of the region there are the fourth and fifth museum. The Priors Palace Museums in Fermo contains important paintings. The Malacologico Museum in Cupramarittima is famous in all the Europe and it is recommended for its more than 900.000 pieces on display.


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11 May 2015turismomarche

Marche region is a land of meditation and emotional journey. Here, there are places of worship recommended for your journey in the name of faith and spirituality.


Marche is a land of meditation and emotional journey and it is the ideal leg for the tourists that are looking for themselves. The places of worship are three and where tourists can enjoy a unique experience wrapped in faith and spirituality.

The first place of worship is the Holy House of Loreto. The Sanctuary is dedicated to the Virgin and it preserves the Nazareth Virgin’s home. This precious relic was brought to Loreto after the Crusaders kingdom fall in the Holy Land. Inside the Sanctuary, there is also the Black Virgin a state with black face. Thanks to the Holy House, Loreto has become a city known in all over the world.

The second place of worship is Fonte Avellana in Pesaro area. It is an ancient hermitage, which is hidden between the hills and mountains. It is possible to visit the hermitage inside and also the ancient rooms of the monks. Here, nature blends with spirituality and so, this is the perfect place to meditate, even alone. Finally, it is possible relax in the lawns or walk around the woods.

The third place of worship is the Fiastra Abbey in Chienti valley. It is one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in Italy. The Church architecture and cenoby reflect this monastic order influence. The garden is very nice. There is also the ossauary of the monks who built the building.

Peace and quiet reign in the Abbey. Finally, it is possible eat and buy monks’products.