The wonderful region of Le Marche "all of Italy in one province"
The Italians say that Le Marche is "all of Italy in one province", as it combines a tapestry of famlands covering rolling hills, tranquility and often unspolit rurality, civilised medieval towns, mountains, a long coastline, a number of lakes and delicious food and wines. The region is bordered by neighbouring Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo and Emilia Romagna and shares many of their best geographical features, yet is relatively undiscovered and surprisingly accessible.
The Sibillini Mountains and the Marche countryside are laced with paths and old mule tracks and are home to a stunning array of flora and fauna. Our Italian properties are in an area that is a paradise for those who enjoy mountain holidays, walking, cycling, open-air sports and nature. But the Adriatic Sea too is only 40 minutes away.
The Stunning part of Le Marche closest to our properties in Italy
Our Italian properties are only 20 minutes drive from the Sibillini Mountains, which are one of the highest sections of the Appennines Range. The geography of Le Marche between mountains and sea consists of vine-clad hills, olive groves,medieval villages and a rich mosaic of farmlands.
Whatever you decide to buy in Le Marche’s countryside is likely to be attractive. However this particular part is very close to two of the "most beautiful villages in Italy", San Ginesio and Sarnano. The latter, with its Terme and ski resort, is also only a stone's throw from medieval Caldarola and its four castles that include "Castello Pallotta", considered one of the most interesting and best preserved castles in Italy.
The people of Le Marche remain closely linked to the land and life here is centred on family and self-sufficient communities of farmers and craftsmen, while the local markets consumes most of the local produce. The numerous medieval towns of this province offer the visitor their long history and an amazing range of historic architecture, that ranges from Art Nouveaux villas along the coast to characteristic sandstone “borghi” and palaces, scores of working stage theatres, a network of markets and year round "festa", where one can sing and dance, eat and drink great local fayre, enjoy the local crafts and customs.
Le Marche sightseeing and touring near our property in Italy
There are numerous exciting medieval towns within a short drive of our Italian properties that warrant a visit.
Historical Le Marche includes well preserved examples of ancient Roman engineering at nearby Urbisaglia and Falerone, the Late Renaissance flourishes of the Basilica of Loreto and the Art Nouveaux coastal villas at Porto San Giorgio and Civitanova Marche.
Don’t miss the grand 'Sferisterio' amphitheatre in Macerata, which can hold 7,000 spectators and is one of Italy's premier opera houses. It has a superb summer open-air lyric calendar and is the venue for the Macerata Opera Festival.
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Flights to Le Marche and our property in Italy
There are also nearly 100 low cost routes to and from over 30 countries to airports within 2 hours of our Italian properties. Please use thewhichbudget site to identify flights from your nearest airport. Our Italian properties are equi-distant from Ancona and Perugia airports (both less than an hour away), are under 2 hours to Rimini and under 3 hours to Rome and Bologna.
Le Marche's climate
Le Marche's climate is categorised as Mediterranean, having hot, dry Summers, warm Springs and Autumns and cool Winters. Whatever the season, the weather in Le Marche will provide its inhabitants and visitors with the beautiful backdrop of an ever changing landscape.
Le Marche food and the cuisine around our properties in Italy
Most Marchigiani strive to cook food just like "nonna" and also in most restaurants, for good or bad, cooking stems from peasant traditions, remaining unaffected by the modern concept of ready meals. Cuisine in Le Marche is robust and relies on fresh, good quality, short chain supply and ingredients. As dishes are based on tradition and local produce, each local area has its distinctive "cucina tipica" that utilises local delicacies gathered from the wild, including mushrooms, wild leaves, nuts and truffles. There are also many great "ristoranti" near our Italian properties.
Le Marche wines and cantinas near our Italian properties
Le Marche produces a large variety of wines, including 13 that carry the D.O.C. label (wines that undergo a special disciplinary set of rules, and tend to be of better quality). Many of these wines seem to be well-kept secrets and in the past were little known outside Italy. However, the region’s producers have now started attracting more attention overseas and full bodied Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno wines, for instance, are now fetching increasingly higher prices.
Sports and recreation in Le Marche
If you are considering a move to Le Marche and enjoy sports or the great outdoors, there are numerous options available to you. The Sibillini Mountains and Le Marche countryside play host to numerous sports and activities.See for more: