Marche - Green Travel Guide

Beautiful beaches, National Parks, art and culture: Marche is said to be "Italy in one Region"! Why don't you plan here your next trip?

What to see in Marche

The city of Urbino with its houses made of stones and green hills all around
Urbino - John (little time) via Flickr

Fine sand seasides, rocky cliffs above the sea, but also mountains and rolling hills, beautiful small villages and many genuine and tasty products to try, in this land, hometown for poets, musicians and artists. Come to Visit Marche with us: 

Ancona

Ascoli Piceno

Fermo

Macerata

Pesaro e Urbino

Slow itineraries

Large part of the Region is crossed by the mountain range of Appennino umbro-marchigiano, and in particular by Sibillini Mountains, part of a National Park. The highest peak of this range but also of the Region is Monte Vettore, with its 2476m. These suggestive places that inspired ancient legends, such as the one of the Cave of Sibilla, offer many itineraries suitable also for families with children.

Vettore mountain surrounded by green fields with flowers
Vettore mountain - Eric Huybrechts via Flickr

On the rolling hills crossing the region, between Appennino and the coast, are dotted by small villages, crops and orchards, changing color with the season, creating amazing landscapes. There are also many vineyards and olive trees.

green hills, a country house and a beautiful sky after the storm
Hills in Marche - luigi alesi via Flickr

Between Ancona and Numana extends the “Riviera del Conero”, coves and bays with rocky beaches, caves and forests. It is the perfect place if you are looking for a relaxing holiday by the sea, but also in the still wild nature, but also if you like sports, especially water sports, such as sailing and rowing. If you prefer fine sand seaside, don't miss Senigallia and its velvet seasides.

Conero mountain, the rocky coast and the sea
Conero - Turismo Marche via Flickr

Walking trough small villages and towns

Among rolling hills survive ancient medieval villages, castles and towers, surrounded by walls. Some of them have been priced as the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here are the main ones worthy of a visit: Fabriano, known for the production of paper, Loreto, famous destination for pilgrims, Osimo and its ancient architecture, Senigallia and its castle, Cingoli, that for the exposure is called “the balcony of Marche”, Mondavio surrounded by walls, Montelupone with the civic tower and Grottammare, pearl of the sea.

the ancient castle of senigallia with its wide towers and walls
Senigallia - Riccardo via Flickr

Tasty local food

Many products used for the traditional plates, come from farming, for this reason you can taste genuine and simple tasty plates. Very common is the Panzanella, made with stale bread, tomatoes and other vegetables, Crescia, a typical Easter bread made with cheese. 

a plate with pieces of old bread mixed with tomatoes and other vegetables

Panzanella - julochka via Flickr

Famous in theRegion are also second courses, with meat as tripe and pork, or cheese made in mountain areas. Many are also traditional cakes: Castagnole for Carnival, small balls of fried sweet pastry, covered by sugar, Calcioni, biscuits filled with pecorino and lemon zest, Ciambelle al Mosto, donuts made with anise and grape juice, from Ascoli Piceno 

fried round sweets with sugar
Castagnole - Cleare Garofalo via Flickr

Where to stay in Marche: eco-friendly accommodations

round hills with a village on the top, in the surroundings a flock of sheep
Castelluccio da Norcia - castgen via Flickr

In Marche it is also possible to sleep in eco-friendly hotels. Here are some suggestions:  

B&B Raggio di Luna, Senigallia. The farmhouse is located in the countryside about 5 km from the sea and from the center of Senigallia. They offer organic and local food. This is the perfect place for a simple holiday in the name of sobriety, in a quiet and relaxing environment.

B&B Airone Country House, Osimo. This is a building renovated with sustainable materials and rooms have been decorated according to Feng Shui principles. They offer an organic restaurant and a pool with jacuzzi. Bikes are available if you want to explore the area!

Discover all eco-friendly accommodations in Marche

the harbour with some boats at the sunset
Falconara Marittima - Turismo Marche via Flickr

Are looking for some other inspiration for your holidays in Marche? Read these articles:

Family vacations? 8 things to do in Sibillini Mountains

3 stories about "super farmers" in Italy

 

Author: Anita Cason

Cover image: Montefano, Le Marche, ph. by Andrea Balducci via Flickr

Eco-friendly accommodations

Coroncina

Belforte del Chienti (Marche)

Starting from 120,00 €
Casa Calénc apartments in Romagna

Sogliano al Rubicone (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 80,00 €
B&B Il Querceto

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Agriturismo Villa Dama

Gubbio (Umbria)

Starting from 45,00 €
Wine Chalet Roccafiore

Todi (Umbria)

Starting from 100,00 €
Agriturismo Girolomoni

Isola del Piano (Marche)

Starting from 43,00 €
Agriturismo San Lorenzo

Valfabbrica (Umbria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Borgosansisto B&B Todi

Todi (Umbria)

Starting from 130,00 €
Torre della Botonta

Castel Ritaldi (Umbria)

Starting from 110,00 €
Nature and relax in Marche-shire

Serra San Quirico (Marche)

Starting from 110,00 €
Podere Vallescura Off The Grid

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 50,00 €
Agriturismo La Curtis

Montalto delle Marche (Marche)

Starting from 65,00 €
Soggiorna all'AIRONE Country House!

Osimo (Marche)

Starting from 72,00 €
Agriturismo Amargi

Smerillo (Marche)

Starting from 60,00 €
Casa Il Girasole

Macerata (Le Marche)

Starting from 70,00 €