ABOUT LE MARCHE

Le Marche has a hilly terrain, and although it is well watered and fertile, it is difficult to farm efficiently, thus the landscape has been looked after by small farms, and small industries in the little villages.

About 90% of Italy's
shoe factories are here in Marche, along with some designer outlet centres. Tod's shoes, the Prada Outlet, and many others, some are family run businesses hidden in the hills. We have wonderful hand-made Italian handbags, shoes and designer clothing available direct from the factories and workshops of the Italian artisans.

Marche boasts sandy beaches, 250 art galleries and museums, 150 castles and fortresses, 200 Romanesque churches, 40 abbeys, several National Parks, 170 medieval towers and 33 archaeological sites. Add to that stunning landscapes and sunshine. Wine alone could provide a worthy motive for touring this area, with 7 D.O.C. wines and vineyards and wineries to tour. Plus fabulous fresh food grown locally, rustic restaurants, Italian ice cream and smiling people - what more could a visitor want?

Find details and Links on our
What to See & Do page

No visit to Marche is complete without a visit to the Sibillini National Park: Here's the LINK to the official site for National Park, and below a video. Information and maps can be bought at the "casa del Parco" in Amandola, at the very top of the village, Chiostro di San Francesco - Largo Leopardi, 4 - 63021 AMANDOLA (FM). More info centres

Food is a passion for the people of Marche, you'll re-discover long lost flavours, bursting from all the fresh local produce of this fertile land. Tomatoes ripen on the vines, fruits soak up the sun and taste extraordinary, local olive oil and herbs pack flavour into rustic recipes.
Organic Produce. The region has made a decided effort to move towards low impact organic farming methods, resulting in small farms producing top-quality produce. Cheeses, ham, salami, olive oil, wheat for pasta, lentils and truffles.