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.