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Shown above: Ducal Palace, Frasassi caves, Abbadia di Fiastra, Conero, Loreto

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Roman Amphitheatre Urbisaglia Roman ruins at Falerone, flowers of Castelluccio

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Above: Cathedral and museum, FERMO
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Above: Urbino
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Above: Loreto
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Above: Riding in Sarnano at Le Querce
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Above: Mountain Bikes
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Above: Donkey Trekking forestcamp.it
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Adventure Park Sibillini Mountains
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Above: Ascoli Piceno
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Porto San Giorgio
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Shown above: Prada outlet, handbag shopping, Visso, Caffe Meletti in Ascoli Piceno

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Shown above: Caldarola Castle 'Castello Pallotta', village of Sarnano, Ascoli Piceno, San Benedetto beach, Tolentino with it's clock tower

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Castello Pallotta - guided tours
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Riviera del Conero
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Speciality of Ascoli Piceno - olives stuffed with meat & deep fried
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Lake Fiastra - Sibillini N. Park
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Above: Tolentino frescoes
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Roman frescoes at the ruins of Urbisaglia
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Sibillini N. Park - Castelluccio wild flowers, June
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Life size 'bronzi dorati di Pergola' hidden away in a small museum in Pergola
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Cafe' society
WHAT TO SEE & DO

Medieval Re-enactments - Festas and Fairs:

Too numerous to list here but July and August are full of activities, concerts - all types of music, in villas and castles and even at dawn on the beach in Porto San Giorgio. Look up the San Severino Blues Festival - different dates all through July, classical music in roman ruins and churches, and the Opera festival in Macerata. Historical re-enactments in costume include San Ginesio's Palio on 15th August every year, horse and rider compete at jousting the rings, Servigliano has it's "Giostra dell'Anello" usually the Sunday closest to the 15th, and Fermo also has it's Cavalcata dell'Assunta" horse race. Buy - (if we have not provided in the house) the little book available in newsagents called "Corriere Proposte" - "Eventi nelle Marche" each month with listings for What's On
corriereproposte.it

Urbino


Italy's finest Renaissance architects worked on the Duke's Palace in Urbino, also the birthplace of famous artist Raphael.
Movie clip. Don't miss this treasure to be seen in the northern region of Marche.

Frasassi Caves


Italy's finest cave network, with dream underground landscapes and caverns, one the size of St. Pauls Cathedral dome. Fascinating and wonderous stalagmites and stalagtites lit up for the guided tours. See the movie clip and link to
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Loreto


One of Italy's most important religious places, and the sanctuary of the "Holy House". Works by Lorenzo Lotto in the museum.

Fiastra Abbey Nature Reserve


Off the SS78 at Urbisaglia, Macerata
This nature reserve covers the territory around the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria di Chiaravalle di Fiastra. The complex, has vast farmland with the typical features of the Marche countryside, and a woodland area 100 hectares wide, the only remnant of the ancient forests which used to cover most of the region's hills. Walkways, routes through the nature reserve, lawns to lie on, a shop and restaurant also a tourist information office.
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Shopping

Le Marche is home to many designer outlets and family factories. As well as Prada and Tod's outlets. Come shopping for Italian shoes, bags and fashion. Want to shop online? Selandari's Italian Collection website here. They can host you for a Shopping tour. Email us for tour details.


Wine

Find VinoCotto , a special condensed wine made in Loro Piceno

La Murola near Mogliano -
website
Winetasting at "Domodimonti", Natural wine vineyard at Montefiore dell'Aso
website.
Also "Capinera" located at Morrovalle - a family run vineyard and winery.
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Paper-making

at the Paper and Watermark Museum in Fabriano. website


Lace-Making

at Offida, where the women grow up learning how to make lace by hand, fascinating to watch, pretty town, a church that used to be a castle S. Maria della Rocca and a museum.

ACTIVITIES

Forest Camp Donkey Trekking

Marco does Donkey Trekking for children and runs Forest Camp. Website link (in English) forestcamp.it

Horse Riding

Riding centre at Maneggio San Lorenzo. On the Fermo road out of Amandola. Shetlands for the children, hacking round lake San Ruffino for adults. Website: dimensionenatura.org

Also Riding in the Sibillini mountains in Sarnano at Agritourismo Le Querce (If you are a capable rider and speak a little Italian) web: Le Querce

Mountain Bike Hire

Bike Hire from Smerillo, a hilltop town off the road from Amandola to Fermo forestcamp.it and at Montelparo, in the hills near Santa'Vittoria in Matenano. Agricamp picobello OR right up in the Sibillini Mountains near Visso and Ussita Biocycle-Sibillini.it
See the Video at the bottom of the page, Mountain bikers tour in the Sibillini Mountains!

Quad Bikes

excursions on quad bikes with guide - ask us on arrival

Adventure Park Sibillini Adventures

kayaking, adventure park for kids, survival courses etc website


Mountains: Exploring the Sibillini National Park

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Visso

- Centuries of travellers have passed through Visso, on route from Marche to Umbria. Pastel-coloured houses and lovely churches, a few tiny shops and the National Park information centre.

Castelluccio

- Way up in the mountains, the highest settlement in the Apennine mountains, surrounded by the piano grande, the Great Plain, cultivated with lentils and other lavish colours of wild flowers mid june

Towns & Villages to See


Ascoli Piceno

- has one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy, with it's marble stone, and beautiful architecture. Visit the Duomo and the Pinacoteca Civica to see some of Carlo Crivelli's finest works. Be sure to have coffee at Caffe Meletti in the piazza

Macerata

- Provincial capitol, nice shopping in the old town, the home of one of Italy's oldest universities, Macerata boasts an unusual open air theatre, the sferisterio, perfect for summer concerts and the opera festival (link). Still surrounded by 16th century walls it has Palazzos, museums and lovely caffe's.

Fermo

- Lovely main square, Thursday market, cathedral built on the summit with splendid views surrounded by gardens. Roman cisterns, museums and tourist information.

Recanati

- Elegant piazza, home of Giacomo Leopardi, museums, cathedrale, views, and beautiful theatre/opera house


San Ginesio

- Spectacular views, one of the Italian beautiful villages assoc. www.borghitalia.it Every August 15th the Palio takes place, medieval costumes, and a tourament on horseback . website


Sarnano

- A lively little town at the base of the mountains, be sure to walk up the cobbled streets to the top of the fortified medieval
town, with the museum on the way up. Thursday market. Horse riding at Le Querce Stables.


Tolentino

- Known for Saint Nicholas and the Basilica di San Nicola with its 14th century frescos. Piazza has an unusual 16th century clock tower. Tuesday market. Huge battle re-enactment in summer at the nearby Castle 'Tolentino 815' t: 0733 960778

Urbisaglia

- the walls of this town were built using the stones from the Roman ruins, in the centrale piazza is a castle 'La Rocca' t: 0733 506566


Museums


Museionline Marche, this site provides updated information concerning the museums of Le Marche as well as artistic events, exhibitions, news and cultural programmes in the Region. Website


Pergola


Home to the amazing gilded bronzes from Cartocento of Pergola. Life size, they are the only group dated from Roman times still in existence. Combine with a trip to the Frasassi caves.
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Beaches


Sandy beaches, pebbly beaches, palm trees and rocky cliffs.....this stretch of the adriatic has it all. Le Marche offers a continuous stretch of clean, unpolluted sea, and was awarded Blue flags for quality. During July and August beaches are busy with organised sunbeds and bars.

The Riviera of Conero

near Ancona is the only high ground where limestone cliffs form rocky coves with green pine forests above. Visit the picturesque town of Sirolo and take a walk with an ice cream and look at the fabulous views of the sea and beach below you. Website

Roman Ruins of Urbs Salvia

can be found on the main road from Macerata to Sarnano SS78 at Urbisaglia. A museum with Roman artifacts at nearby Abbadia di Fiastra, and an amphitheatre and museum at Falerone. At Fermo you can visit underground cisterns built by the Romans between 40 - 60 AD.

Castle

- Castello Pallotta at Caldarola houses collections of weapons and carriages and the castle still has it's original furniture, the summer residence of the Pallotta family t: 0733 905242



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See More about Marche
holidays-in-marche - Interesting snippets about our region on Scoop-It

Maps and guides of Marche available from
Stanfords.co.uk





New website for the province of Fermo - tourist guide in English and German
www.marcafermana.it/



You-Tube Videos featuring local towns
Anello Crinali


Article about the Sibillini Mountains
by Fleur Kinson




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